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Pot Fest Crackdown Cost Exceeds $278,000

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The University of Colorado Boulder’s administration and student government spent more than $278,000 for a crackdown on the 4/20 marijuana celebration on the Boulder campus last month.

University officials say it was necessary to protect student safety and education.

After more than 10,000 people attended last year’s marijuana rally on Norlin Quadrangle, university officials decided this year to ramp up police presence and to apply stinky fish-based fertilizer to the area.

In past years, the unsanctioned April 20 pot smoke-out cost the school about $50,000, with expenses including hiring event staff and extra police officers from outside agencies.

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