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Marijuana Activists Suing CU-Boulder Over 4/20 Campus Closure

Medical marijuana supporters are filing suit against University of Colorado Boulder for a campus shut down this Friday. CU Boulder has indicated that it does not want the annual marijuana smoke out held on campus to be stopped and because of which around 10,000 people have gathered at Norlin Quad to light up on 4/20 in recent years. The marijuana activists are represented by Denver attorney Rob Corry who is known for defending cannabis or medical marijuana related lawsuits. 

Medical marijuana supporters are filing suit against University of Colorado Boulder for a campus shut down this Friday. CU Boulder has indicated that it does not want the annual marijuana smoke out held on campus to be stopped and because of which around 10,000 people have gathered at Norlin Quad to light up on 4/20 in recent years. The marijuana activists are represented by Denver attorney Rob Corry who is known for defending cannabis or medical marijuana related lawsuits. Cory has defended more medical marijuana criminal cases than any other attorney in Colorado and has participated in the Huffington Post’s ‘Great Marijuana Debate’. He is one of the few attorneys who have won several exonerations for defendants facing medical marijuana charges.

Regarding the campus shut down, Cory told Huffington Post “To my knowledge, there has never been a case where a public university has blockaded and shut down its entire campus to squelch free speech activity there." He further adds, "This is a radical overreaching on CU's part. When did marijuana become so offensive, at CU-Boulder of all places?”

Through the school’s official website, Chancellor of CU Boulder, Philip P. DiStefano made a statement regarding why such harsh measures were taken. According to him, “The gathering disrupts teaching and research right in the heart of the campus. 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.”

In a letter to Denver Post, DiStefano further explains, “If it is a protest, then every party on every college campus in America is a protest.” On the other hand, Cory states defending the protestors, “There is no evidence that this is a disruption to CU's mission. In fact, this peaceful protest is entirely consistent with CU's mission of education and empowering students and citizens to engage in open discussion and exchange of ideas regarding relevant issues of the day. A police crackdown against ideas will harm CU's reputation far more than any peaceful protest will.”

Further defending the 420 event, which was referred by DiStefano as a party, Cory says, “There is no evidence to support the view that this is a "party," Corry said.” This event involves expressive conduct and free speech and association, which if not safe on a public college campus, is not safe anywhere." While CU-Boulder student government is endorsing the move to stop the 4/20 eventScience Articles, it is advocating the Wyclef Jean event as an alternative to the smoke out.

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