US Marijuana Party

Friday, May 12, 2006

Students to file suit

Colorado Daily, CO

Three CU-Boulder sophomores plan to file a federal lawsuit against CU for closing Farrand Field during the annual marijuana-smoking celebration on April 20 and then posting photos of the trespassers online.

All three plaintiffs - sociology major Makenna Salaverry, integrative physiology major Megan Malone and art history major Somerset Tullius - were photographed on Farrand Field on April 20, although none of the photos depict them smoking marijuana or possessing any form of drug paraphrenelia.

The CU Police Department offered a $50 reward for each photo that was identified.

The students have retained attorneys Perry Sanders Jr. and Robert J. Frank, famous for representing rapper Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace in a suit against the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to Mason Tvert, campaign director of Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation, a nonprofit which advocates marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol, the suit alleges that CU interfered with the students' right to assemble and right to free speech by closing Farrand Field.


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