Ann Arbor Hash Bash Crowd Celebrates MMJ Law
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Ann Arbor Hash Bash Crowd Celebrates MMJ Law
Posted by CN Staff on April 04, 2009 at 17:05:10 PT
By Jo Mathis, The Ann Arbor News 
Source: Ann Arbor News 
Michigan -- Some aspects of the 38th annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash were the same ole, same ole.The event started with about 200 passionate people protesting marijuana laws at the Federal Building. The crowd then carried signs and marched to the University of Michigan Diag, where an estimated 1,500 people braced the wind to listen to speeches. Then they moved on to a street party with information booths and music.
But this year, supporters of the fight to end the drug war and legalize pot had a reason to celebrate.Saturday marked the day Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law, which was approved by 63 percent of voters last November, was fully implemented. That means that as soon as patients take their completed applications to a community health office on Monday, they can receive a state ID that will allow them to use marijuana without penalty. Chris Brunett, who was born with cerebral palsy 22 years ago, will be one of them. As his friend pushed Brunett's wheelchair toward the Diag, Brunett said he is angry that President Obama recently dismissed - with a laugh - the idea of completely legalizing marijuana."He doesn't even want to consider it," said Brunett, who lives in Davison, near Flint. "The option should at least be there, but he swept it under the rug because he didn't want to deal with it. He still wants to dismiss us like we're a bunch of stoners or hippies."Brunett said marijuana helps him cope with pain in his joints, and that nobody except someone who's been in his shoes can understand what it takes to just get through the day."There are other drugs I can take, but they have side effects that are 100 times worse than ... what? Having the munchies?" Snipped   Complete Article: Ann Arbor News (MI)Author: Jo Mathis, The Ann Arbor News Published: Saturday, April 04, 2009Copyright: 2009 The Ann Arbor NewsContact: -- Cannabis Archives
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