Yeah, I know, that's a loaded post heading, but you have to hear me out. About 2,500 students at the University of Colorado participated in a Pro-Pot 4/20 4:20 rally on campus. The students are angry and have lawyered up, claiming their civil rights have been violated. Of course this will probably go in favor of the students because that's how things work sometimes, but if you think about this logically then you'll see no actual civil rights were violated at all. There were signs posted around the field the protestors used to gather telling them the gathering was not going to be allowed without a permit (which was not obtained), and that there would be video surveillance of any events that take place on the field. These signs were posted in clear sight of all points on the field and around the campus. The students ignored the signs and gathered anyway. Not only did they break the law by illegally trespassing on the field, but they also broke the law during their protest by smoking pot while they were gathered. Breaking the law during a lawful rally negates your legal right to gather and subjects you to possible arrest. Breaking the law to illegally gather and then breaking the law again in order to protest just adds to your possible rap sheet once you're booked.
These adults (I use the term loosely) should know better. It is no secret smoking pot is illegal. It is also no secret that it is illegal to gather on private property when it is posted your gathering is to be considered illegal. I know the University of Colorado's fields are semi-public property, but it was made clear by posted signage that the event was going to be patrolled and surveilled. These children decided to vent their defiance anyway, and now they should suffer the consequences.