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End of day update: According to CU spokesperson Ryan Huff, there were zero arrests, citations or incidents on campus as of 4:45 p.m.

The University of Colorado has struggled to deal with its reputation as a party school for some time now. It was rated the number one party school in 2011 and number three in 2013 by Playboy Magazine.

When people began gathering on CU’s campus for 4/20 in 1999, the school’s visibility only grew. Soon, 10,000 people would gather annually to smoke marijuana on the Norlin Quadrangle. In the spring of 2012, CU had had enough.

In one fell swoop, the school closed campus to non-students – spending $150,000 in the process. Two years later, pot is legal in Colorado. What happens now? The CU Independent presents People of 4/20 to find out.

Produced by Patrick Fort, Kai Casey and Robert R. Denton

Ryan Huff - 3:02 p.m.

Spokesperson, CU Boulder

Ryan Huff gives an update of the day's events next to Norlin Quad. Huff said there have been no incidents, arrests or citations.

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Hayden Powers &
Cameron Hennebry - 2:39 p.m.

Hayden Powers, of Bend, Ore., left, and Cameron Hennebry, of Big Bear Lake, Calif., talk about marijuana and legalization outside of a sandwich shop on the Hill in Boulder. Powers and Hennebry consider themselves to be "herbal connoisseurs." They prefer strictly medicinal marijuana over the legalization of recreational marijuana because they don't want it to be regulated by the government.

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Katie Rose &
Kerry Murphy - 2:18 p.m.

Freshman marketing major & undecided

Katie Rose, a freshman marketing major, left, and Kerry Murphy, a freshman undecided major, talk about their "Sko Buffs" fanny packs that include some 4/20 memorabilia outside of Cheba Hut on the Hill in Boulder. Rose and Murphy said they wanted to capitalize on 4/20 and have been moderately successful selling them.

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Savana Meisner - 1:33 p.m.

Senior, psychology

Meisner talks about 4/20 and the campus closures while she studies in front of Norlin Library. Meisner said she views the day as being Easter more than being 4/20.

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Canary Zindell - 1:29 p.m.

Senior, ethnic studies and sociology

Zindell, a fifth-year senior studying ethnic studies and sociology with a dance minor, poses for a portrait at the Laughing Goat in Norlin Library. Zindell said the coffee shop hasn't been any more or less busy than usual.

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Jim Kornish - 12:17 p.m.

Kornish, a substitute teacher who lives in Boulder, gives his views on marijuana and legalization at Kittredge Field. He is glad campus is shut down as he believes the celebration is unnecessary. At the same time, he said, he isn't necessarily opposed to legalization.

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James Cook - 11:32 a.m.

Junior, environmental design

Cook talks about his opinion of the campus closure in front of the environmental design building on campus. The junior said he understands the decision to close campus, but that it can inconvenience some students.

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Eric Brown &
Christy Lochary - 10:07 a.m.

Brown, left, and Lochary, both of Lousiville, Colo., speak about their past experiences with marijuana and 4/20 at The Buff Restaurant. They both said they experienced a growth in maturity after realizing 4/20 was no longer something they should take part in.

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Tyler Williams - 4:31 a.m.

Senior, psychology

Senior psychology major Tyler Williams sports a tie early in the morning near Duane Lawn, the site of the 2012 4/20 smoke-out. Williams said he was strolling around campus to see if anything was happening but not much was going on.

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