Colorado University-Boulder officials on Friday coated a large tract of land with a gag-worthy, fish-based fertilizer and hired Haitian musician Wyclef Jean to stage a free concert off campus, just to keep an annual gathering of marijuana protesters away from the school.
A bonus: the school’s contract with Wyclef stipulates that he must avoid “making direct references to marijuana and other illegal drugs or make 4/20 related remarks” during his performance on the stoner high holiday of April the 20th.
The school would appear to have made a significant contribution to science with their unusual strategy, as the combination of both fish guts and censorship has so far acted as an effective stoner repellent.
It’s almost an ideal representation of how attitudes have changed with regards to the nation’s drug war: In 1968, a pack of vocal, drug-using students might have brought out the national guard for an ugly display of baton-swinging, but in 2012 authorities simply hire a faux-Rastafarian to sing and dance, then spray some stink-mist.
The trouble started when CU-Boulder officials said last week that they would close down the campus to all non-students on April 20, as a means of preventing the annual protest, which typically lasts from about 3:30-4:30 p.m. and has been known to draw up to 10,000 people.
“The gathering disrupts teaching and research right in the heart of the campus,” CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said in a media advisory. “The size of the crowd has become unmanageable, and limits our faculty, staff and students from getting to class, entering buildings and doing their basic work. It needs to end.”
Not even a local marijuana attorney, who requested a restraining order to stop the school’s plans, was able to halt the official response.
“I think CU’s real reason is they wrongly believe this hurts CU’s reputation,” attorney Robert Corry, Jr. told Raw Story. “I think the opposite is true: CU is strong enough to tolerate opinions that are different to the mainstream.”
And while that may be the case, a local judge disagreed, turning down Corry’s injunction request Thursday night.
As it turns out, foul smells and crunchy grooves really were all it took to bring down the nation’s most frequented and longest-running 4/20 celebration. Speaking with The Daily Camera, several students said outright that they’ll be keeping far away thanks to the horrific odor, and there was virtually no activity on the quad by early afternoon.
And thus one of the nation’s largest gatherings of potheads dies, not with a bang, but with a bassline.
This video was published on Friday, April 20, 2012 by The Daily Camera.
[Image via YouTube.]
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019