May 17, 2017

Contact: Kevin McVicker
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
(703) 739 5920

Concerned Citizens Call for end to 4/20Rallies In Civic Center Park

Lakewood, CO—Following rampant unenforced public pot-smoking and the trashing of a public park, Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute gathered more than 4,000 signatures calling on the city of Denver to cancel all future 4/20 Pot Rallies.

The 2017 event featured open pot smoking in front of children, especially infants with lax law enforcement. The petitions will be delivered to the Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office today at 2 p.m. MDT.

A letter to the mayor accompanying the petitions reads in part: “When voters of Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, they established important safety guidelines, one of those being that marijuana cannot be consumed openly and publicly. Despite warnings, signage, and the presence of security and the Denver Police, marijuana was allowed to be consumed openly and publicly by many attendees, even in the presence of children and infants. Marijuana was also consumed on stage by performers with no action by law enforcement.”

A recent online poll by the Denver Business Journal found that 60 % of Denver business leaders support terminating 4/20 rallies.

Prominent signers include Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, Colorado Christian University President Dr. Donald Sweeting, Colorado State Senator Owen Hill, former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens, and syndicated columnist Linda Chavez.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts. For more information:

For more information or to arrange an interview with Jeff Hunt, please contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or


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