A team of volunteers -- with a higher calling -- will dispatch to the University of Colorado's campus following the 4/20 pot smoke-out to help clean up Norlin Quadrangle.

A Christian group has offered its assistance to CU in helping pick up after the unsanctioned 4/20 celebration, said Ed Von Bleichert, CU's environmental operations manager. University officials on Tuesday didn't know the details of which group is coming to the campus or how many volunteers will be helping.

Last year, about 10,000 people packed the quad for the event, leaving behind snack bags, water bottles and other trash.

Von Bleichert said that because the smoke-out is not a university-sponsored event, CU doesn't place recycling and trash containers on the quad like it does at official campus events.

Littering carries stiffer penalties than pot possession. Tossing trash onto the field is grounds for a $1,000 ticket, while possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana is a petty offense carrying a $100 fine.

CU Police Cmdr. Tim McGraw said that at past smoke-outs, police have issued tickets for marijuana possession, underage drinking, vending without a tax license and other violations. But police haven't issued littering tickets.

He said that last year an environmental group helped clear the Norlin Quad of trash following the event.

"There's been quite a mess," McGraw said.

At Civic Center Park in Denver, where a similar 4:20 p.m. smoke-out is planned, the Denver Relief medical marijuana center will be coordinating a "green team" of volunteers to clean up after the 4/20 revelers.


"It's the socially responsible thing to do," Kayvan Khalatbari, co-owner of Denver Relief and an organizer of the green team, said in a news release. "We need this industry to step up and share a unified message of community involvement. After all, 'it takes a village.'"

Volunteers will be rewarded with pizza.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.