CU-Boulder administration succeeds in squashing 4/20 smoke-out rally; Norlin Quad deserted all day

Largest group was 15 people outside smoke shop

BOULDER, Colo. - The administration of the University of Colorado Boulder successfully deterred efforts to organize a 4/20 smoke-out celebration by closing the campus on Saturday.

According to the Denver Post, the largest group to gather on University Hill Saturday was likely a crowd of about 15 people outside of The Fitter smoke shop.

In the past, CU’s Norlin Quad has drawn crowds of 4/20 topping 10,000, but this year the quad remained deserted.

Law enforcement officials closed off the quad with yellow tape early in the day, the newspaper reports.

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard told the newspaper he saw the day as a success.

"We protected the academic mission of the institution,” Hilliard told the newspaper.

Police said Saturday’s festivities represented the quietest celebration on the campus in years, according to the newspaper.

No tickets were written, and no arrests were made in relation to the celebration Saturday, the newspaper reports. On April 20, 2012, police arrested three people and issued 12 tickets.

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