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Injunction Filed Against CU by Boulder 4/20 Protesters

Corry's restraining order was filed on behalf of several non-student community members.

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(BOULDER, CO) - Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed an emergency temporary restraining order in Boulder District Court today, asking the court to prohibit the University of Colorado from closing its campus to the public on 4/20. Click here to read the complaint:

The CU administration has said they will be shutting down the entire campus to non-students for the entire day on Friday in order to stop a legal protest that is protected by the First Amendment. Students will be allowed to enter campus only if they show their student ID card.

The annual 4/20 Protest Against Marijuana Prohibition has taken place every year on campus on 4/20 at 4:20pm for at least the past 20 years. Last year, it attracted over 10,000 people at the height of the protest at 4:20pm. CU has said that this poses a "distraction", which they say gives them the authority to close the entire campus to non-students. CU has provided no evidence of anything that would constitute a "distraction" to the entire campus and provided no evidence of any crimes or problems caused by the 4/20 protesters. This year, the CU administration will be using in law enforcement officers from Boulder PD, Lafayette PD, Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Revenue's Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, and other agencies to help shut down the protest. Tickets will be issued for trespassing to any non-student who tries to enter any part of the CU campus.

Corry's restraining order was filed on behalf of several non-student community members who wish to attend the 4/20 protest or use other facilities normally open to the public on campus. CU is a public university, and its grounds are public property. The lawsuit seeks to enjoin CU from preventing this legal protest from occurring by shutting down the campus.

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