4/20: Party or Protest?
The chancellor of Colorado University in Boulder is totally not down with the school's famous annual 4/20 celebration, this year going so far as to shut down the campus to outsiders and even hiring Wyclef Jean to draw students away from the quad with an afternoon performance.
Legal threat ensued, and in response to free speech claims, the chancellor had this to say:
Then later, in a letter written to The Denver Post, DiStefano goes further stating that the marijuana celebration is far from a protest or demonstration and should not be treated as such. "If it is a protest, then every party on every college campus in America is a protest," DiStefano writes. [Huffington Post]
Good point, dude. Maybe you're right. For all the fraudulent nonsense that's been said about the supposed harms of marijuana, the very act of consuming it in public is quite arguably a form of political speech. How better to disprove decades of lies about the drug's alleged dangers than gathering with 100 or even 10,000 friends to demonstrate marijuana's rather remarkable inability to hurt anybody?