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41st Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash Report

Posted on | April 9, 2012 | No Comments

Thousands gathered in Ann Arbor this past weekend for what marked the world famous 2012 Ann Arbor Hash Bash celebrating it’s 41st consecutive year. Some would say it was lacking a special something but for those who did turn out it was that same old good feeling that only this crowd could draw. There were the marijuana celebs who showed up which featured Steve DeAngelo who runs the largest legal dispensary in the world and has his own reality show called WeedWars to the infamous John Sinclair who really needs no introduction.

Visitors came from as far away as the West Coast and from as near as the University of Michigan campus to attend Saturday’s Hash Bash rally on Diag.

Brandon Baxter, a U-M sophomore, invited family members to experience the Hash Bash.

“I want them to get a taste of fighting for something you believe in,” said Baxter. “Ann Arbor was a center of social movements in the 1960s and ’70s. It’s nice to see a little of that remaining.”

“I like hanging out with people who have similar interests,” said Samantha Szukhent, who was visiting from Flushing.

Noah Lipsitz and Emily Lorie, both from Southfield, were attending their first Hash Bash. Lipsitz said his mother and Lorie’s father attended some of the early Hash Bashes.

“I’m impressed,” said Lipsitz. Lorie added, “It’s a good vibe.”

Kelsey McHugh and Christian Dennis came from Fenton to support the cause of legalizing marijuana.

“I think pot should be governed by the same laws as alcohol,” said McHugh.

“I smoke weed a lot and am perfectly functional,” said Dennis.

“This needs to be legalized,” said Andre Nonnenmacher from Ann Arbor. “Smoking pot is less harmful than taking pills or smoking cigarettes.”

Also attending today’s rally was a comedy group from the West Coast looking for material for an upcoming television program called “Buzz TV.” Chili Challis, a stand-up comedian who has performed in Ann Arbor and who has written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was happy to be back in Ann Arbor.

“Everybody knows about the Hash Bash coast to coast,” said Challis. “Ann Arbor is progressive and it’s a smart city.”

We certainly agree with that… Ann Arbor is by far one of the most progressive cities in American history which is why it is more important now than it has ever been to stand up for our rights. If you didn’t sign the petition to amend the Michigan state constitution then follow the link on NORMLs website to sign it and make your vote count!

Until then we will focus on furthing the movement for medical marijuana patients in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and throughout the state. If you are interested in helping then please see our contact info on the right side of the page and give us a call or send an email. We are always looking for motivated individuals who can help make a difference for those suffering that find therapeutic relief from the medical use of cannabis.



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