Hash Bash Draws Crowd of 5,000 People

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  Hash Bash Draws Crowd of 5,000 People

Posted by CN Staff on April 03, 2010 at 17:28:42 PT
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Source: Ann Arbor News  

Ann Arbor, MI -- The Hash Bash is back. Hampered in recent years by waning interest and uncooperative weather, the first-weekend-of-April marijuana fest drew about 5,000 to the heart of downtown Ann Arbor Saturday.Before the weekend, emcee Adam Brook said weather, more than any other factor, would determine the size of the weekend's crowd. The weather didn't disappoint, reaching 70 degrees by noon before rain and wind set in at 1:30 p.m.
Diane Brown, a spokeswoman with the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety, said the crowd was larger than usual - but no problems occurred.Campus officers made 10 arrests Saturday, all for marijuana possession. One was a U-M student, Brown said.The penalty for smoking pot at the Hash Bash varies greatly between campus and city property. On city property, getting caught with a joint means a $25 fine; on state property, it's up to a year in jail.Most hash bashers wait until the Monroe Street Fair on city streets to toke up. But now that Michigan has a medical marijuana program allowing upward of 10,000 patients to smoke marijuana under the protection of state law, many others in the crowd took the liberty to smoke, whether on university property or not.The Hash Bash began with a "High Noon" rally on the Diag. From the steps of the Hatcher Graduate Library, Brook explained that campus police enforce state law, not the more liberal Ann Arbor statute.Minutes later, Brook asked the medical marijuana patients in attendance to pull out their cards and their marijuana. Not only did registered patients smoke with impunity, so too did many healthy-looking young people.After an hour of speakers, including John Sinclair, the Hash Bash headed south to the Monroe Street Fair. Vendors and a sound stage lined Monroe Street, and hundreds of people passed marijuana in ciphers on the lawn southeast of the Law Quad.Now that marijuana has been approved for medicinal use in Michigan and in 12 other states, many at Saturday's event pushed for full-blown legalization. Snipped   Complete Article: Ann Arbor News (MI)Published: April 3, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Ann Arbor NewsConract: letters annarbor.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 03, 2010 at 18:55:21 PT
I have the feeling....
...that the attendance was down do to a feeling of victory by those who were showing up as way to show support for the movement.First mmj and now everywhere in the wind is talk of certain legalization?It is good that so many showed and celebrated, but many more were comforted by the medicine they were using and were not able to attend.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 03, 2010 at 18:21:12 PT
Just My Thoughts
How things have changed. I remember when the Hash Bash was not doing this well. Having our new president has lifted so much fear.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 03, 2010 at 17:29:37 PT

Videos From The Ann Arbor Hash Bash
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