Biggest Bongs in the world

It’s a classic stoner conundrum that has been brought up numerous times throughout the years. What is the biggest bong in the world ever recorded?   For me, my friends and I got a 12 feet length of PVC pipe since my smoke buddy’s dad was an electrician. He had tons of the stuff lying around the garage. So we created a base, and sealed it with some silicone (If you want to see a tutorial how to make a similar giant bong check this site where they take you step by step through the creation of an 8 foot bong) .


Obviously, the bong was super top heavy so we needed to find a way to get it to stand up. FIrst we thought of the stairs as an option (cue the obligatory “Stairway to Heaven” reference) but the angle wasn’t quite right. Then, in a flash of brilliance my friend Lala gazed out the window and saw the ground covered with snow. We knew exactly what we needed in order to secure the base of what we thought was the “Biggest bong in the world”! We created a giant snowman, and coming out from the area where the snowman’s dick would be was the bowl! It was a thing of pure beauty. We had to get up on an 8 foot ladder to smoke out of it. It was nearly impossible to draw off of, so we’d have to take turns, one would suck, and then the next would scamper up the ladder and take a hit. Mind you, this was all in a residential neighborhood! Amazing we never got busted.

So with this nostalgic story in mind (unfortunately no photos as this was years ago) I set out to find the biggest bongs ever recorded. I started, and quickly noticed a trend, people were constantly upping the stakes. There is really a bong war going on much like the Sears Tower and the Burj Khalif. So let’s continue on down the path of some of the world’s largest bongs.

Here we have an adaptation of the classic stairway giant bong. This 12 foot beast packs a mighty punch, and I can’t imagine the lung capacity it would take to clear it.

But there’s always a chance to up the ante in the biggest bong wars! This 15 footer seems like it would be barely functional, which begs the question as to whether there needs to be some ground rules as it pertains what actually constitutes a functioning bong. When searching for the biggest bongs in the world, one must remember that often times if someone makes a 30 foot bong, then of course someone else will try to one up them.

We have to hop to the other side of the ocean for this massive bong which doesn’t even fit in the house! An unbelievable 20 footer peeks out the window into the back(front? :/ ) yard of this home!

At this point, I think we can see that there simply isn’t much suction to even get the bowl blazing. But who cares!? It’s a 20 foot bong!  Of course it’s ridiculous, but that’s half the fun of building these behemoths! They’re a kind of modern day folk art sculpture. Sure, in this day and age, with everyone eating edibles, and sucking on vapor bags the art of the ridiculously huge bong is losing favor, however I’ll always still harken back to my younger days, and the giant 12 foot snowman bong, and remember that I had some of the most fun ever smoking out of old Frosty.

How to take a Marijuana Tolerance Break

Smoking marijuana for days and days, can easily turn into months and months, which then transforms into years and years. While there is little evidence to support the notion that marijuana is physically addictive, it can however be habit forming. And how “high” one gets does fluctuate the more one smokes (if you smoke often. like 3 times a day. Weekly smokers have little need for tolerance breaks). So, the crew got together for our own scientific test. We put our heads together and scoured the web for as much real information we could about marijuana withdrawl symptoms, how to counter them, and then in the end we would smoke the same amount that we had smoked before the marijuana tolerance break to see the changes. All three of us are daily smokers and we were all set for a one week break followed by a month of smoking again. The results of the test would be to see the effectiveness of the tolerance break, and to determine whether or not subsequent tolerance breaks should become part of our smoking routine. We also accompanied the break with a checklist of different symptoms which are said to accompany withdrawl symptoms. We would all answer a simple Yes/No to these questions to determine their truthfulness. How high one gets is difficult since it seems to be dependent on so many factors, however, it is quite common to simply measure on a scale of 1 to 10 how high one feels.  We would all smoke 3 bong hits before the break, and then after, and rate each on this scale to determine if we got “more high” afterwards.


Marijuana Withdrawl Symptoms

  • Anxiety – For many, the use of marijuana is part of a medical issue, and it has been determined that many smoke marijuana in order to combat social anxiety. Therefore Anxiety can increase after stopping daily use of marijuana.
  • Appetite changes – It took the government decades to finally ackonowledge just about what every stoner on the planet knows. Smoking weed increases hunger, and therefore it is hypothesized that quitting would result in a loss of apetite.
  • Cramps – Stomach Cramps and digestive problems have been reported.
  • Cravings (for marijuana) – Um. Yeah. This is a pretty obvious one. People who smoke a lot enoy it, and will probably have cravings for it.
  • Depersonalization – You may feel as though you are not “yourself” anymore, and that you are uncomfortable in social situations.
  • Depression – Depression is no joke, but it has been said that by quitting marijuana can cause depressive symptoms. Such as lethargy, anger, and a loss of a “lust for life” so to speak.
  • Dizziness – Some individuals report feeling dizzy. Try not to lose your cool if this is happening, just accept it as a symptom.
  • Headaches – Another common withdrawal symptom is that of headaches.
  • Insomnia – This is frequently said to be a common problem, and the desire to have just one toke before bed could also be a sign that the person using it was actually using it as a sleep aid.
  • Irritability – I quit smoking cigarettes before and I was totally nuts. However, it is also said that those who quit smoking weed can experience some irritability issues.
  • Mood swings – Suddenly getting upset or sad from happy is said to be a symptom.
  • Nausea – This goes hand in hand with other digestive problems which have been repoted.
  • Sleep disturbances – Insane dreams and intense nightmares have been reported.
  • Sweating – I’m a bit skeptical of this one. But I saw it a few places so I decided to include it.


With these symptoms in mind we then found ways to treat these unwanted side effects. These included.

Valerian Root: Valerian is a mild muscle relaxer which would be used to facilitate sleep as well as keep everyone chilled out during the day.

Exercise: Everyone involved in the test would be required to exercise a minimum of 4 times during the week for a minimum of 30 minutes for each session. This would be to combat sleeplessness, as well as to help “sweat out” unwanted toxins in the body.

B Complex Vitamins: B Complex vitamins are said to reduce stress, aid in brain function (clarity), and treat anxiety and depression. We would all be taking one B-Complex vitamin daily.

No processed food: Might as well ill two birds with one stone eh? We decided that by eliminating processed foods during the week we would be more likely to take in healthier foods which would aid in the process of eliminating unwanted toxins from the body.

Water: It is recommended that everyone drink about two liters of water daily. And this is also a common way to “flush out” one’s system. So we just trusted what the Mayo clinic had to say and would all drink at least 2 liters of water a day.

Busy Schedule: In order to keep our minds moving, and not thinking about smoking we all gave ourselves a goal to achieve by the end of the week. Idle hands and all that.

Cranberry Juice: Weedabix basically just claimed that he quit smoking cigarettes by drinking copious amounts of cranberry juice. After making fun of him for a bit, we decided we may as well include it since Vitamin C ( I guess?) is good for you. So each of us would start drinking orange juice. I’m dubious, but why not try I suppose! Some more searching revealed that it does have some cleansing properties, and that perhaps Weedabix isn’t completely making it up.


So, it has been a month since the beginning of our very serious scientific and serious test determining the effectiveness of taking a marijuana tolerance break and the results are in!  You can see how each of us responded to the questions below and see for yourself whether or not you agree or have experienced similar results.


Do tolerance breaks work? Yes

Did you experience any of the following?

  • Anxiety – No
  • Appetite changes – No
  • Cramps – No
  • Cravings (for marijuana) – Yes
  • Depersonalization – No
  • Depression – No
  • Dizziness – No
  • Headaches – Yes
  • Insomnia – Yes
  • Irritability – Yes
  • Mood swings – Yes (Normal me)
  • Nausea – No
  • Sleep disturbances – Yes
  • Sweating – No

 scale of one to ten after 3 bong hits.


Day 1.  [5]

Day 8. [8]

Day 30.  [7]


On Withdrawl. Surprised how fast I got used to not smoking actually. Not a big deal. I had a few bad dreams that were really trippy, and the first two nights I think there was some insomnia. When I was out drinking with friends I definitely wanted to toke up, but I held out. I’d say experienced very little to almost no withdrawal symptoms after 2 days. Some irritability and did get one headache which could have been unrelated.

On the Return bong session: Man, I thought I was back in High School. Seriously, I was not expecting just one week to completely change my outlook on weed. Shit! I was a giggling mess on the floor questioning my own existence and the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Level of intoxication definitely changed.

At the end of the month: This is weird. I’ve actually cut back because of the tolerance break I guess. And I’m still feeling more stoned than I did before. Even a month later. So I suppose since I’m more aware of when I smoke I don’t need it, and this has caused it to remain. Happy to say I was proved wrong, I thought the effects would last a few sessions, and really, they’ve lasted all month.



Do tolerance breaks work? Yes

Did you experience any of the following?

  • Anxiety – No
  • Appetite changes – No
  • Cramps – No
  • Cravings (for marijuana) – Less than I thought I would.
  • Depersonalization – No
  • Depression – No
  • Dizziness – No
  • Headaches – No
  • Insomnia – Yes
  • Irritability – No ( But Valerian I think helped)
  • Mood swings –  No
  • Nausea – No
  • Sleep disturbances – No
  • Sweating – No

 scale of one to ten after 3 bong hits.


Day 1.  [4]

Day 8. [7]

Day 30.  [5]


On Withdrawal. I can trick myself so it’s a bit unfair. But I forgot about smoking after the first day. Obviously I wanted to smoke during my normal times (after work) and this was the hardest. But I kept on track with my goal (which I guess everyone else forgot about?) and finished the children’s coloring book I wanted to make. Yey!

On the Return bong session: Definitely a difference in stonededness. It was really fun to get stoned with you guys again after we all took the break at the same time. What a great mixture of fun. I can surely see that I will be taking more tolerance breaks from marijuana in the future because of this. It was almost as if the more psychedelic aspects of smoking came back, as opposed to the more relaxing effects. And since I’m a fan of the former, I really enjoyed it.

At the end of the month: Talking to Kel we both had similar experiences. I’m much less likely to just spark up for no reason and can really see a benefit in the break. It was also great to exercise more. But anyway, at the end I could see I wasn’t as obliterated as I was on the first day, but still I did feel higher than I was getting before. I guess it’s just best not to get stuck in the same routine, and have something planned out before you smoke!



Do tolerance breaks work? Yes

Did you experience any of the following?

  • Anxiety – No
  • Appetite changes – No
  • Cramps – No
  • Cravings (for marijuana) – Half and Half
  • Depersonalization – I don’t like this “symptom”, but I can say since you are experience yourself in a different way, that sometimes I did get reminded that I was totally sober when generally I’d be stoned. So if one creates their character based around this model then I suppose they could feel different than their normal self. I still felt like I knew who I was, but yeah, it was different.
  • Depression – No
  • Dizziness – No
  • Headaches – No
  • Insomnia – Yes
  • Irritability – Yes (I actually got a bit short with my faithful partner. Sorry!)
  • Mood swingsNo
  • Nausea – No
  • Sleep disturbances – Yes (Insane dreams! This is a fun side effect. I recommend looing into lucid dreaming as I was actually close to having one.. Kept waking up though! Argh!)
  • Sweating – No

 scale of one to ten after 3 bong hits.


Day 1.  [3] I know. I know.

Day 8. [8]

Day 30.  [7]


On Withdrawl. Virtually no to little withdrawal symptoms which was relieving because anyone that know me, knows I’m a pretty frequent smoker. The first 2 days were definitely the hardest. I did drink some beers to probably relieve some social anxiety (or just to survive watching my friends all get wasted).  Overall I’d say it wasn’t that big of a deal. You’ve just got to keep your mind occupied.

On the Return bong session: Completely floored! Man, it’s been years YEARS since I’ve got this high. Forget about searching endlessly for the best weed in the world. Just quit smoking for a few days instead. I’m really excited to implement this into my monthly schedule. I’m not sure if 7 days is really needed so next time I’ll just try three, and if so, then I can see doing this every month.

At the end of the month: Overall my frequency of smoking went down. Why this is, I have no idea. I’m a big fan of the one hitter and the dugout, so I can literally smoke like once every other hour (just one hit) and now I’ve reduced this to like twice a day. Really a huge decrease. I feel the same, and overall I’d say that taking a break really does actually help one experience some of the more “fun” aspects of smoking as opposed to some sort of marijuana maintenance. I do have some social anxiety issues which have been diagnosed in the past, and I quit all my medication years ago and started using weed instead.  I could feel these symptoms creeping back, but I’m also more aware of how I actually do use weed to ease them and function.  I know people make fun of anxiety and weed, but for me it’s a perfect fit, but I do thin I was overdoing it before. Which really for me is an incredible statement.

Best Marijuana Moments on TV

Marijuana and TV have come a long way throughout the years. As cannabis becomes more accepted there have been more and more references on television. Last night during an all night bong fest we tried to remember our favorite tv weed moments. So with no further adieu I present you with the best marijuana moments on tv!

Family Guy 420 Bag of weed Song.

Turtle & Bob Saget fire it up on Entourage

Willie Nelson , On Larry King, Legal Marijuana

Zach Galifianakis Smokes Joint on Bill Maher: CA Prop 19

Dinosaurs: A New Leaf (pot episode)

Cartoon All Stars (marijuana Episode)

7th Heaven

I learned it from watching you Dad!

Old Man Smokes With Snoop Dogg

Rev. Bud Green lights up on Joan Rivers

Chief Wana Dubie

Chief Wana Dubie was the name of a man who lived in Cooper Hill who was a strong advocate for marijuana. When the war on marijuana began in the local community he went to the Sheriff’s office to “turn himself in”, ironically however, saying you smoke weed is not a crime, so instead he decided to secede from the union, and ended up growing an unbelievably huge field of weed on his property. The name of his property became known as the “Doobie Nation” . What may seem as an insane act of civil disobedience turned into a very interesting and complex legal battle.

Different Types of Potheads

Most likely you all are familiar with the stereotypical image of the pot smoker. He’s most likely got long hair, and preaching incoherently on a street corner about “Free Love”, or perhaps he’s a 15 year obstinant teenage boy who “has so much potential” but spends his days getting high with his friends and playing video games. These stereotypes can be frustrating because they are not true, and they also don’t show just how varied and different all of us who enjoy the herb can be. In order to show the true diversity of those who like to toke up, my friends and I decided to make a list last night while out getting drinks (and outdoor tokes). We came up with 25 different types of Potheads as varied as the deep blue ocean, however this list is still just scratching the surface. Take a look and I’m sure you’ll identify with a lot of these different and beautiful human beings (or more likely you’ll know someone who’s a mix of two or three). If you think we’ve forgotten some, then please add them to our facebook page.

1. The Skater Kid

The Skater Kid tends to like to get high and zone out on tricks. They can also be synonymous with performing random pranks on other stoned friends generally involving food bought at a nearby Kum and Go or 711. Preferred smoking method is a poor man pipe made from a can with holes poked in it by a safety pin.

2. The Professor

Don’t think that just because you found out that your professor tokes up that he’s absent minded or an easy grader! These types tend to enjoy a good smoke and a thoughtful documentary. Also have the ability to cloak the ability they smoke at all. Preferred smoking method would be an old hand carved pipe out of stone they got decades ago from a college girlfriend.

3. The Couch Potato

The couch potato has an unbelievably high tolerance to both marijuana, as well as terrible television programs. You may stumble into his house as he is knee deep in a 16 hour Frasier binge, and you may try to get him to get outside. However, most likely you’ll hit his ridiculously huge bong (which won’t be clean) and end up watching an episode of Blind Date and laughing your ass off.

4. The Fraternity Brah

The fraternity Brah smokes for one reason. To get fucked up. Smoking is almost always accompanied with drinking copious amounts of red bull, vodka, and beer in a plastic cup. You’ll most likely get way too stoned if you stumble into a pack of brahs as they tend to buy huge vape bags for a vaporizer they all chipped in for. You may get easily annoyed with them as they tend to be loud, and rambunctious, but they’re the best guys to get your back should you ever have any problems with some dickhead in a bar.

5. The Juvenile Delinquent

Some times it seems like some people are just wired completely differently, and we’ve all known that kid who started stealing car stereos in Grade 7. For some reason the delinquent tends to smoke weed as a form of rebellion or to help hide some inner problems perhaps involving being a foster child or having an alcoholic father. These kids will always let you crash on their floor and won’t judge you, but they might get you into some trouble if you go along with all their crazy plans. They tend to lose all of their pipes for some reason so generally you’ll be smoking them out with whatever you’ve got on you.

6. The Stoner Girl

Who couldn’t have a special place in their hearts for these beautiful creatures. And who said cute girls can’t be potheads? Stoner girls tend to make the boys around them fall into a trance after a few hits. Can be dangerous in large packs of 3 or more however, as they tend to fall into uncontrollable fits of laughter about a reference you most likely won’t even understand. Preferred smoking method is a nice glass piece in a nice little case which fits into their purse.

7. The Rock Climber/Outdoor Sportsman

These are a tough species to find in a city as on the weekends they tend to pack their vans full of their gear (could be a mountain bike, climbing harnesses, etc) and head to the mountains. Often they roll solo and they enjoy smoking out of a small simple glass piece or a dugout. They enjoy climbing to the top of a mountain, looking out at a sunset, and taking a few hits off of their one hitter.

8. The Artist

Marijuana has been used for centurie to increase creativity so it should come as no surprise that artists continue to smoke weed while they are generating ideas or working on a piece. They tend to forget where they put their pipe, but when they find it, it will most likely be a small plastic bong which looks like it was bought at a dollar store. Super fun to get high with and collaborate on projects with.

9. The Medicinal Marijuana User

Contrary to what Fox News would like to tell you, marijuana really does have some extremely therapeutic benefits for some very sick people. From AIDS to Cancer patients these types of smokers depend upon marijuana for their survival. They tend to smoke out of vaporizers and generally don’t smoke socially. However, if you are close to one they will teach you some of the most important life lessons you’ll ever learn.

10. The Classic Stoner

The Classic Stoner was born in the 60s and really, they haven’t changed much since then. They tend to smoke about as much as the average touring funk band and could stand to take a few tolerance breaks here and there. Nonetheless they are guaranteed to be fun to hang out with as they’ll definitely have a lot of weed (or know how to pool money to get some) and will make strange references to reptilian alien conspiracy theories. Their preferred method is a huge bong which they carry around with them in their backpack.

11. Mom and Dad?

These species are more common than most assume, and are rarely identified because of their ability to completely blend into mainstream society. She could be an accountant for a local business, and he could be an office supplies wholesaler, but don’t be fooled. As long as their teenager has weed, they’ll be “confiscating” small amounts to smoke up before they go sit on the patio and drink wine. They tend to smoke out of ridiculously small pipes as they believe these are easier to conceal, the mother especially will generally use an altoids box for a stash with the smallest pipe you’ve ever seen inside.

12. The All American Teen

Also known as chameleons for their ability to blend in and arouse little suspicion. This breed tends to enjoy smoking and going to a football game, or playing video games. Generally this is because marijuana is easier for them to get than alcohol and they want to experiment with “getting fucked up” at this age. They are the top wrestlers, and the girl who is the captain of her swimming team. They tend to smoke only occasionally and usually don’t have any of their own to smoke. Their preferred method to smoke is whatever you’ve got with you.

13. The IT Guy

I don’t know what it is about IT guys and weed, but they always tend to smoke copious amounts of it. They may be studying for an upcoming certification, or keeping the packets flowing on the web but they’ll somehow managed to get completely stoned and do both. Also known for existing for long periods of time in very low light conditions. They tend to smoke out of small vaporizers which they’ve researched extensively.

14. The Scavenger

Hide your weed! The scavenger has arrived! These menacing creatures tend to show up as soon as a new bowl is sparked and then continue to bogart whatever they’ve been passed until it is nearly cashed. The scavenger will smoke out of anything, and tend to vanish towards the end of college. An older scavenger is a dangerous animal and should be feared as they may try to sell you something strange (such as a box full of national geographic magazines) and then after you say “no, I don’t have any use for a box of National Geographics” they will ask you if you can smoke them out. Don’t feed them, they’ll keep coming back for more.

15. The Dirty Old Hippy

The Dirty Old Hippy thinks he’s all about free love and enlightenment but really, lets face it, he’s a complete dickhead. Not to be confused with the “cool old hippy” as they can look almost identical, the dirty old hippy will smoke your weed, at your house, and then hit on your girlfriend. Generally they tend to be around people much younger than them because they’ve burned all of their bridges in their generation and the younger ones tend not to know better yet, or have been conned into thinking they are the “cool old hippy”. They’ll smoke out of whatever you’ve got on you, and then complain about it.

16. The Cool Old Hippy

Becoming increasingly rare as much of the 60s has now become completely commercialized and a cariacature of itself, the Cool Old Hippy is a nice one to encounter. They’ll have the dankest nugs you’ve ever seen (generally grown by a close friend of theirs) and they’ll have hours of actually hilarious stories to talk about. Many times they will be a specialist in a certain academic field such as Biology or Psychology and a lot can be learned if you stop talking and start listening. They tend to smoke out of hand carved stoned pipes that are kept in metal stash boxes.

17. The Pot Shop Employee

A relatively new species, the Pot Shop Employee knows way too much, and also has waaaaaay too much good weed. You think you’ve got nice nugs? Well they’ve got the most powdery buds which they then put some sort of golden hash oil honey on top of before they spark it up. Forget about anything you had planned for the evening if you’re pregaming it with these guys. You’ll most likely be couch locked with 20 minutes of arrival at their apartment. The tend to smoke out of only the best RooR bongs and volcano vaporizers.

18. The Occasional Smoker

The occasional random smoker generally will claim they quit smoking “years ago” but after they see you light up they will politely ask if they can join. “of course you can” you will say because you have no idea they even smoked, and you know they’ll never mooch off of you in the future. Generally after they take one or two hits they’ll remain quiet for the rest of the night as they try to get the thoughts in their heads organized. Sometimes they are known to have awkward outbursts such as “hey, Battleship was a fucking great game!” and then there will be silence. They’ll smoke out whatever you’ve got and won’t waste much of your weed so it’s generally a good idea to let them into a smoke circle so you can observe the species.

19. The Wannabe Thug

Not to be confused with the juvenile delinquent who actually generally has real life problems to deal with. The wanna thug should be considered a dangerous hybrid of species which can result in extremely unpredictable situations. One moment you’re chilling at some basement in the suburbs, and then the next these jackasses think it will be a good idea to drive around and shoot at electric poles and stop signs. They tend to smoke blunts which they don’t have any idea how to roll properly.

20. The Real Gs

The war on drugs has spawned an unitended consequence which is the organization of street gangs who will fight for control of lucrative markets. The Real Gs tend to smoke huge spliffs of dank nugs while listening to hip hop. Surprisingly contrary to what the media would want you to believe they are largely benign until something sets them off.

21. The Rastafarian

Do you like reggae? If the answer is no then it will be nearly impossible to hang out with the Rastafarian or any extended period of time. Somehow this species can find a way to have reggae music playing at least 16 hours a day wherever they are. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because they smoke as much as, well, a rastafarian, that they are completely peaceful. If you’re a dickhead around these guys for an extended period of time you’ll see the lion roar! Preferred method of smoking are the classic joints which are expertly rolled.

22. The Granola Girl

While they’ll most likely expound upon the fact that cooking is not just “woman’s work”, they’ll still make the best munchies you’ve ever eaten in your life. “That’s asparagus??” you’ll exclaim “Yep” she will respond “Damn asparagus is fucking amazing!” you’ll continue as you shove whatever she’s made into your mouth. Don’t let their horn rimmed glasses fool you, these girls are also generally very in touch with their sexuality so be prepared for some exercise in the bedroom. Preferred smoking method is a really trippy looking glass piece which they keep in a nice velvet bag.

23. The Athlete

Contrary to popular belief, the time they got caught wasn’t the only time they smoked. The Athlete sees marijuana as an occasional weekly treat which they smoke and then relax all their muscles which are all pretty sore from a workout. The Athlete tends to smoke out of vaporizers almost exclusively, and fall asleep a few hours after taking a few puffs.

24. The Overachiever

The myth that marijuana makes you stupid is one that just never seems to die, but the kid at my high school who got perfect scores on his SATs was also my smoke buddy. The overachiever won’t always have time to smoke, but when they do be prepared for a great discussion about black holes and quarks. They tend to like making bongs out of various objects which are found around the house and will have an 8th which they’ve been sitting on for a month.

25. The Metal Fan/Guitar player

You can find the metal fan shredding on their guitars in their apartments. You’ll most likely encounter this breed at a bar, and then go into their 1979 Ford Bronco and hotbox it while listening to Blue Cheer. The Metal Fan is constantly running out, and buying weed and since their main goal in life is to play guitar, get women, drink and smoke weed they make for ideal mates in the bars. Preferred method of smoking would generally be a home made brass pipe made out of plumbing supplies or a cheap large plastic bong.

420 in Boulder 2013

The University of Boulder will again restrict access to their campus in an attempt to stop the spontaneous pro-marijuana protests which had taken over their campus for the previous years. Citing that the pro pot rally was interfering with studies and research at the school they have called in police to cordon off the area. Effectively killing 420 in Boulder in 2012, and now perhaps in 2013. It is obvious that a more insidious motive was behind stopping what had become the largest outdoor smoking celebration in the world, and it’s not because of some sort of shadowy conspiracy that UC Boulder is in collusion with the for profit prison system or anything like that. It’s simply because they don’t want their brand to be tarnished by a bunch of potheads. The school is already synonymous with students who frequently enjoy the herb, but this is not an image that those who are managing the school’s brand want to perpetuate. So they came out in full force, and even in comic fashion covered the lawn where the rally was frequently held with dead fish guts which they later told news stations was “fertilizer”. I mean you can’t make this shit up!

Last year a lone protester vowed to take back the lawn in a grandiose fashion. After what many would later dub to be the equivalent of William Wallace addressing a crowd of stoners he charged the gates (yellow tape) and made a few great fake outs from the cops before being taken to the ground and arrested. The sad thing is that man really may have represented the last toke of the 420 celebrations in Boulder. One of the things with all popular movements is that they have to retain their spontaneity and anarchic nature in order to survive. As soon as organizers and bands, and long lines of speakers are all given their coordinates, and arrangements are made for the stage to be put on the south lawn, and stars to be brought in, the movement itself dies. It’s actually a lot more fun when it’s somewhat chaotic and celebratory, and everyone just smokes weed. Which as anyone who has been to Boulder 420 knows, it wasn’t exactly organized in any way, it just started happening.

I know that many may be thinking that Colorado should play it safe and act responsibly about their newly won “rights” to smoke the herb. And many others would say that dready hippies openly smoking weed outside doesn’t portray weed in the right light, but to that I would say that this sort of thinking and “brand management” of marijuana is exactly what should be fought against. That doesn’t mean that soccer moms and ceos shouldn’t have to be associated with Cheech and Chong, this means that it is simply sad that an institution of high learning chose brand management over what really had become the most successful and largest act of cooperative civil disobedience in the US today. Yes, these protesters are wearing hats which look like a giant pot leaf that they made with their friends during an all night bong session, but as soon as they step in public and with thousands of others violate Federal Law they are actually engaging in the largest act of civil disobedience in the US.

But you may be thinking that now the protesters will go to the capitol instead! And this is where they should be anyway, right? Well, yes you are right. They should be at the Capitol steps. The problem is that nobody went there. While I remain optimistic that this year will be different I’m not holding my breath. Unfortunately it seems that like always when a movement get coopted by permits and “free speech zones” and the like that the fun is lost, and when the fun of the event is lost, people simply stop going. I would encourage everyone to go to the smoke out on the Capitol Grounds on 420, but when you do remember the cries of the last protestor to grace the lawns of UC Boulder, and carry his spirit into the new demonstrations planned on the Capitol Grounds!