420 at UCSC “Gets Bigger Every Year”

April 20th has evolved into a counterculture holiday where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.

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.

UCSC’s Jim Grove (Student Affairs Staff) and Adam Snook (CUHS Community Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program) harassed students in the Porter Meadow. Jim Grove is pictured holding a Student ID card. By 3pm, the administrators were out of sight.

— 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

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.