The rain dampened more than just spirits this weekend, causing an accident on U.S. Highway 101 and forcing the UCSB chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to postpone its annual joint rolling contest indefinitely.
NORML co-chair and fourth-year psychology major Daniel Komins said he is not sure whether the contest will be rescheduled for later this quarter, or for some time in the future but he said those planning to attend Saturday’s joint rolling contest should rest assured that the group did not lose money on the affair.
“So far we haven’t paid Afroman, we have all the prizes and all the T-shirts – so far we have all the money,” Komins said.
Second-year biopsychology major and NORML co-chair Alex Kaufman said the group will try to finalize plans to reschedule the event for a later date – possibly April 20 – at its weekly meeting this Wednesday. But in order to ensure the group can book another music artist that Isla Vista residents would anticipate as eagerly as Afroman, who was scheduled for the event this weekend, Kaufman said they may postpone the contest for longer than many would hope.
The first major rain of Winter Quarter also caused an accident in the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Clotworthy, a 2004 Scion rolled several times after losing control and veering off the road near the El Capitan Campground on Saturday. The three passengers, who were all from Northern California and in their 20s, walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Clotworthy said.
“Undoubtedly, the wearing of seatbelts by these three individuals saved their lives and reduced the severity of their injuries,” he said.
The car lost control when it drove over a patch of pooling water beneath the bridge for the State Beach access road, Clotworthy said. After crashing through the freeway perimeter fences, the car rolled down the embankment and flipped multiple times, before it settled right side up on the ground.
No alcohol was involved in the accident, Clotworthy said.