Ann Arbor Hash Bash Could Have Record Crowd

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  Ann Arbor Hash Bash Could Have Record Crowd

Posted by CN Staff on April 03, 2010 at 04:34:29 PT
By Bill Laitner, Free Press Staff Writer 
Source: Detroit Free Press 

Michigan -- Saturday’s 39th annual Hash Bash, the yearly gathering where people openly smoke marijuana on the University of Michigan’s Diag plaza, could draw the event’s biggest turnout ever, organizer Adam Brook said.The record was about 10,000 pot smokers, who jammed “almost shoulder to shoulder” on a fine spring day a decade or so ago, but perhaps 12,000 or more will squeeze in on Saturday, from noon to1 p.m., thanks to the good weather that’s expected combined with widespread enthusiasm for Michigan’s 15-month-old medical-marijuana law, Brook, 42, of Royal Oak said today.
Public smoking or other use of marijuana remains illegal, even for state-approved medical patients, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Still, enforcement has been minimal, if not non-existent, at previous Hash Bashes, Brook said.“The next step is clarification of the state law,” said Anthony Freed, 32, of Clark Lake (near Jackson), who is scheduled to speak at the Hash Bash. Freed, who heads a group seeking to ensure the civil rights of medical users of marijuana, said today that “we’re experiencing freedoms now that we never expected to get back,” but that “we have a lot of municipalities stepping in with a lot of moratoriums” on the commercial growing of medical marijuana for others.The moratoriums and other local ordinances restricting medical marijuana production “basically create panic. All of a sudden, the closet that has your medicine is now illegal,” Freed said.Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)Author:   Bill Laitner, Free Press Staff WriterPublished: April 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 Detroit Free PressWebsite: letters freepress.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 03, 2010 at 12:06:00 PT

Updated Detroit Free Press Article
Hash Bash Attracts Thousands Today***April 3, 2010Michigan -- Thousands of marijuana proponents, many of them openly smoking, crowded the University of Michigan’s Diag plaza today for the 39th Annual Hash Bash, which was scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. today.Organizers said that a decade ago a record 10,000 people attended the event, and they had hoped for at least that much this year. Police said 5,000 showed up for today’s gathering. This is far more than 250 or so attended a few years ago, when it started snowing just as the event began at noon, U of M Department of Public Safety Spokeswoman Diane Brown said.Seeming to be a catalyst for this year’s event was Michigan’s 15 month old medical marijuana law, along with sunny weather with temperatures in the 60s.Hundreds of those in the crowd held aloft their State of Michigan approval cards when Hash Bash M.C. Adam Brook, 42, of Royal Oak, called out, “How many of you are patients? Hold up your cards.”One patient present and openly smoking a joint, was Dennis Stoffer, 45, of Port Huron, seated in a motorized wheelchair. Standing next to him was his wife Becky Stoffer, 53. It was the first Hash Bash for both of them, they said.“Time to come out and support the cause,” she said.Dennis Stoffer had his medical marijuana patient card with him, he said. Becky Stoffer said she and her husband much preferred having him use marijuana instead of the powerful pain pills he used to take that had awful side effects.“Instead of seeing blood come out of his ears, the only side effect [of Dennis using marijuana] is him getting the munchies,” she said.University of Michigan Campus Police said they made five arrests for possession at the event for marijuana possession, and issued four citations for illegal sale of the drug. Because the Michigan Medical Marijuana statute forbids use of the drug in public places, even having the medical marijuana card doesn’t mean people can smoke at the Hash Bash, said Diane Brown.At least nine police officers ringed the perimeter of the crowd, but none walked through it at today’s circus like event.Copyright: 2010 Detroit Free PressURL:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 03, 2010 at 09:39:05 PT

DankHank, Have A Great Day!
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on April 03, 2010 at 09:25:26 PT

Pax Party House Video From 2000 ... yeah, that's me the little Dutch boy in the picture ...
Pax Party House 2000
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on April 03, 2010 at 08:39:08 PT

Pax Party House 
Brings back memories ...Happy Easter All!
Legalize it now!
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on April 03, 2010 at 08:24:49 PT

Hi all ...
I'm in Denver, for the Cannabis Convention, having a great time ... Happy Easter to all and peace to all ....It's pretty amazing ... thousands of people all of same mind, products you wouldn't believe ... haven't seen anything like this since the Pax Party House in A'dam. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 03, 2010 at 05:50:40 PT

Hash Bash
I hope everyone has a wonderful time that gets to go to the Hash Bash. I also hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.
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