Colorado

Apr 25, 2011 12:04 PM by Greg Boyce

CU considers ending marijuana celebration to save $50,000

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - University of Colorado officials are discussing the possibility of shutting down an annual marijuana celebration event that costs the school tens of thousands of dollars to manage.

Vice Chancellor for Administration Frank Bruno says CU pays about $50,000 annually to hire personnel from the sheriff and police departments as security for the event that draws as many as 10,000 pot-smokers to the school on April 20. CU also pays for security to check student's identification at buildings that day.

CU Regent Michael Carrigan called the expense "an outrageous waste of money."  The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the university is spending the money as it copes with a $50 million shortfall in state funding during the last two years.

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard says the university is open to ideas about stopping the event.

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