Clueless List of Ten Most Weed-Friendly Colleges — Including Two in Colorado

As those of us who live in Colorado know, there's plenty of misinformation out there about our fair state and marijuana.

Take the many examples of satire taken seriously by plenty of folks on social media — including a claim that marijuana overdoses killed 37 people on the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales and jokey claims of designated pot-smoking areas at a Colorado McDonald's.

But we were still caught off-guard by one big falsehood included in a new list of the ten most weed-friendly colleges in the U.S. — maybe because it comes from the folks at Green Rush Daily.

No surprise that CU Boulder is among the two Colorado institutions featured on the roster. But the blurb explaining why it made the cut states: "Boulder is one of America’s legendary, almost mythical, cannabis cities. And judging by CU’s massive 4/20 smoke-out, which happens every year right in the middle of campus, the city is living up to its reputation."

What's the problem? Well, CU Boulder closed its campus for three consecutive years beginning in 2012 in order to kill the 4/20 bacchanal. And there was no revival last year,  when the campus was open with the exception of Norlin Quad and extra cops were deployed to make sure the old smokey days didn't return.

Does this botch undermine the entire list? Judge for yourself by counting down the top ten, accompanied by excerpts from Green Rush Daily text. To see the original post, click here.

Number 1: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

"Surrounded by the incredible scenery of the Finger Lakes and its well-known gorges, Ithaca College has become a destination for college kids interested in a little 'extra-curricular activity....'"

Number 2: Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

"Skidmore College is a small liberal arts school known for a student body devoted to Birkenstocks, frisbees, vegetarian eating, coffee and of course, cannabis...."

Number 3: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

"Although Florida as a state might not be the most friendly when it comes to things related to marijuana, Eckerd College has become a safe haven for pot smoking college students...."

Number 4: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

"Vermont has the highest percentage of pot smokers in the entire U.S. And lawmakers there are currently working on a bill that could legalize recreational marijuana...."

Number 5: Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

"Evergreen State College is a great option for bud smokers interested in spending some time in the Northwest...."

Continue to keep counting down Green Rush Daily's picks for the ten most weed-friendly colleges in the United States.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts