They say you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar, but at CU-Boulder, attempts to prevent mass marijuana consumption utilized both. For honey, they used a Wyclef Jean concert. For vinegar: stinky fish.
Last year, more than 10,000 students rallied on the Norlin Quad to demonstrate for marijuana legalization, and to show the public exactly how said legalization might look, with a “smokeout.” This year, to prevent another demonstration, the administration seeded the quad with a fertilizer that included ground-up, stinky fish remnants, which was intended to be more effective than both barrier tape and police presence. As an alternate recreational option, the university also paid for a concert featuring Wyclef Jean.
Efforts weren’t entirely successful. The Denver Post reported that “A much smaller marijuana smokeout occurred on the field near Duane Physics, with about 300 people gathered on the lawn area and another 300 to 400 onlookers,” and fewer than a thousand people went to the concert. Three students who went onto the smelly quad were also arrested. The bill for all this? More than $278,000. Anyone in the comment section want to hazard a guess on how many joints you could roll with that?