Friday, April 20, 2012

University of Colorado Attempts to End 4/20 Tradition

University of Colorado at Boulder officials are looking to snuff out 4/20 festivities.

But it's not because of the annual celebration is an unofficial holiday for all things and anything that has to do with marijuana — it's because too many people show up to celebrate. Most of the attendees are not students, staff or faculty.

“It’s a traffic nightmare. It’s sometimes 10,000 people here in the heart of the campus,” Ryan Huff with the CU-Boulder Police Department told Boulder's CBS affiliate.

The university will spread fish fertilizer on the lawn the tokers congregate on, hoping the nauseating smell will keep the party goers away.  However similar tactics the school's tried in the past — fences and sprinklers, among others — have all failed to work.

But even if the fertilizer does keep people away, it just means 4/20 goes somewhere else.

“I feel like it’s just going to move off campus… there are lots of parks around,” student Melissa Collins said.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Oaksterdam Executive Chancellor Dale Skye Jones Steps Up to Head University

Though the federal government put Richard Lee out of the medical marijuana business, Oaksterdam University will continue to operate under the leadership of its executive chancellor, Dale Skye Jones.

Oaksterdam University, which was established in Oakland, Calif. to educate those interested in entering the medical marijuana industry, had its computers confiscated, financial records seized and bank accounts frozen. The university was founded by Lee, who also operated dispensaries and grew medical pot (which were also shut down by the government).

Jones comes from a corporate background and told, "There is no way for me to not try to keep Oaksterdam University going. I consider it my duty and my moral obligation."

Lee, who was instrumental in the attempt to legalize marijuana in California with Proposition 19, will continue to advocate the expansion of medical marijuana in other states and the broader goal of legalized recreational use.

Monday, April 16, 2012

U.S. Stands Firm Against Legalization, Despite Calls from South and Central American Leaders

Central and South American governments are calling for the legalization of drugs to stem the tide of violence and open urban warfare in their streets, but the American government continues to ignore the issue at the Summit of the Americas in Columbia.

"You haven't had this pressure from the region before," Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank in Washington, told the Los Angeles Times. "I think the [Obama] administration is willing to entertain the discussion, but hoping it doesn't turn into a critique of the U.S. and put the U.S. on the defensive."

 The presidents of Guatemala and Columbia are openly calling for the legalization of marijuana and cocaine and regulating the drugs like alcohol and tobacco. The Obama administration insists that legalization is not the answer.

"We should have this debate, and the reason is to dispel some of the myths that exist about legalization," Vice President Joe Biden told reporters in MIami. "There are those people who say, 'If you legalize, you are not going to expand the number of consumers significantly.' Not true."