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420 at UCSC "Gets Bigger Every Year"
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
Staying true to tradition, thousands of people celebrated Four Twenty in and around Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz on April 20th, 2009. Four Twenty (420) is a time of day when people smoke cannabis together. For that reason, April 20th has evolved into a counterculture holiday where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Porter Meadow at UCSC has traditionally been the largest 420 gathering point around. Despite the restrictions established by the UCSC administration and police to curtail the unorganized convergence, people showed they were determined to celebrate Four Twenty, with friends and strangers, in the Porter Meadow.
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UCSC's Jim Grove (Student Affairs Staff) and Adam Snook (CUHS Community Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program) harass students in the Porter Meadow. Jim Grove is holding a Student ID card. By 3pm, the administrators were out of sight.
§UCPD Deny Entry to a Dog
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Playing Frisbee in the Woodland
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§UCSC Bureaucrats
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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If the UCSC administration hears about a gathering, they usually send out a protest monitor squad and free speech zone enforcers.

Administrators, including Corinne from Labor Relations, spent some time walking around telling students that, because of 420 -- a non-sanctioned event at UCSC -- they were not allowed to sit on the grass.

Corinne reports that 420 at UCSC, "gets bigger every year."

Students were not intimidated by the official threats. As thousands of people descended upon the meadow, the bureaucrats took off.
§Kicking Out the Jams
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Hitting the Two Story
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Balance is Key
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Welcome to Porter Meadow
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Corporate Media Report on the Marijuana Holiday
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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It took this reporter from KION 46 a lot of takes to try and tell a story about Four Twenty. She tried to speak with someone from the University, but according to her, nobody, not even Public Relations, would speak with her.
§Hacky Sack
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Arriving
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Music and Dancing
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Magnification
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Rolling a Spliff
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Porter Meadow
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Four Twenty
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Pass the Glass
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Woodland Adventures
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Hand Painted Snake
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:15 AM
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§Hand Painted Tree
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:17 AM
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§Didgeridoo
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:19 AM
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§Leaving
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:19 AM
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§Cleaning up Porter Meadow
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:20 AM
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§Butterflies
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:21 AM
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§Capoeira
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:22 AM
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§Breaking Down 420 for the Corporate Media
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:23 AM
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talking to the corporate media is usually a bad idea..
§Picking Up Trash
by ~Bradley Tuesday Apr 21st, 2009 2:24 AM
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-- check out photos from last year at:
Students Blaze at UC Santa Cruz on Four Twenty, 2008
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/21/18494162.php

-- photos from 2007:
A Portrait: 420 at UC Santa Cruz
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/04/25/18404659.php

-- also check out:
Four Twenty at UC Santa Cruz
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/04/14/18588886.php
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The University hates cannabis because they can't patent it...stolenMonday Apr 27th, 2009 12:27 AM
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