Thousands Pour Into Ann Arbor for 40th Hash Bash
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Thousands Pour Into Ann Arbor for 40th Hash Bash
Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2011 at 14:28:29 PT
By Lisa Carolin
Source: Ann Arbor News
Michigan -- Thousands of people filled the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor today, many of them echoing the same message sent at the first Hash Bash 40 years ago: Legalize marijuana. However, the details of the message have evolved since the 2008 passage of Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act , which prompted dispensaries for the still-controlled substance in and around Ann Arbor and the state.
Jon Payne of Ann Arbor observed that the mood at today’s Hash Bash was more of a celebration of progress than the protests that he recalled from years past - although concern about marijuana laws remains.“What’s criminal is denying people their medicine,” said Payne, who has been attending the Hash Bash for many years. “I’m afraid that Michigan’s Republican governor and attorney general will be aggressive in their enforcement of marijuana.”Traffic in downtown Ann Arbor was busier than usual around the time of the Hash Bash, and there was also a lot of foot traffic both downtown and on campus as the speeches started near noon, followed by the Monroe Street Fair immediately afterwards.The Diag was a sea of people, with crowds estimated at about 6,500. The smell of marijuana was pervasive, despite a warning form from Hash Bash organizer Adam Brook that Campus police enforce the state law on U-M property, and that can mean marijuana possession is punishable by one year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. That didn’t stop Brandon Carle and his friends from Lapeer from sharing a joint.“It’s much more liberal in Ann Arbor,” he said.“We like being around like minded people,” said Tere Kloth from Oakland County, who also was partaking.Volunteer Michael Labadie from Ypsilanti carried a bucket through the crowd collecting donations for what he called, “A good cause-the legalization of marijuana.” Snipped  Complete Article: Ann Arbor News (MI)Author: Lisa CarolinPublished: April 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Ann Arbor NewsWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on April 06, 2011 at 10:27:33 PT
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 03, 2011 at 17:00:15 PT
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So wonderful about all that... the dispensaries, being legal, being able to help your mother, and a great time at the Bash!It's always great to see you.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 03, 2011 at 14:06:11 PT
That's wonderful news! It's always great to see you.
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Comment #4 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 03, 2011 at 13:13:38 PT
What a day Ex New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson speaking out at the bash! Hi FoM Hello Hope Howdy Afterburner Good day Museman....still love ya all....finally im a legal caregiver and my mom a legal patient. 4 compassion centers in my little town already...they are popping up EVERYWHERE. Just thought I'd stop in and say hi.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 03, 2011 at 10:26:35 PT
40th Hash Bash
Forty years... and it's still not legal. We've been screaming at them for forty years... and they still won't hear us.I'm glad it's evolved into a celebration and not just a protest effort. I don't know how much good it's done. Probably some. Maybe a lot.Forty years. Patience. Persistence. This is so hard. But at least the prohibitionists aren't killing and imprisoning people at the rate they were forty years ago. That's for certain. It's bad now, of course, but, I promise you, it was horrible then.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 02, 2011 at 14:53:33 PT
Thousands Attend 40th Annual Hash Bash 
April 2, 2011Michigan -- Starting with chants of “DEA, GO AWAY!” and “FREE THE WEED!” the 40th annual Hash Bash drew an estimated 6,000 people to the University of Michigan campus at noon today.The event is an outdoor celebration of marijuana smoking led by an hour of speeches that promote legalizing pot. But this year’s talk included much about the need to safeguard access to the drug for medical marijuana patients. URL:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 02, 2011 at 14:51:06 PT
Protesters Support Mich. Medical Marijuana Law
April 2, 2011Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Thousands of people crowded the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus to celebrate marijuana and argue for its legalization. The Detroit Free Press reports about 6,000 people attended the 40th annual Hash Bash on Saturday. The annual protest is aimed at legalizing marijuana. Ann reports many of those attending lit joints despite warnings from organizers that they might be arrested by campus police. This year's event featured an hour of speeches that focused in part on the need to safeguard access to medical marijuana from legislative attempts to amend Michigan's law. Marni Glovinsky says she has fibromyalgia and has state approval for medical marijuana. She says the law is abused but it's important to those with a medical need. Copyright: 2011 Associated PressURL:,0,3765361.story
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