CU Boulder won’t hang up the ‘keep out’ sign on April 20

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<p>In this April 19, 2014 file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. </p>

The University of Colorado Boulder plans to keep the campus open this year for 4/20 Day, when students like to celebrate all things weed, Chancellor Phillip P. DiStefano said in a memo.

"For the past three years, CU-Boulder closed the campus to non-affiliates on April 20 to avoid the disruptive gatherings that attracted thousands of attendees from around the state and the country in earlier years. And fortunately, those types of gatherings have not occurred since 2011," DiStefano says in the memo. "I hoped campus closures would not be necessary in the near-future and that we could go about our daily business on April 20 as we would any other day. That time has come."

But that doesn't mean the whole campus will be open.

The only exception to this will be the lawn areas of the Norlin Quad, which will be closed that afternoon. Depending on other factors, additional fields may also be closed. Those who ignore the barriers and cross onto the Norlin lawn or any additional closed fields can face a citation or arrest for trespassing.

After 3 years of closures, #CUBoulder to keep campus open on #4/20 via @mitchellbyars

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