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Hash Bash in Ann Arbor Saturday April 2nd 2022… Be There!

50th Annual Hash Bash

The Diag
913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Attorney General Nessel to speak at 50th anniversary Ann Arbor Hash Bash

The Ann Arbor Hash Bash, celebrating all things cannabis, will return in-person for its 50th anniversary next month with an appearance by Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Longtime marijuana advocate John Sinclair will be among the speakers April 2.

The event will be held on April 2 on the Diag at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus which has drawn thousands of people in recent years with a lineup of speakers and musicians.

The annual event started in 1972 as a show of support for John Sinclair, a poet and activist initially sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of two joints.

Appearances by elected officials have become a feature of Hash Bash, but organizers said Nessel’s appearance on stage will be a Bash first for a sitting attorney general. Nessel’s office confirmed to The Detroit News she will be speaking at the event but declined to comment in advance on what remarks she intends to make there.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer both appeared at Hash Bash in 2018 as then-candidates for office; U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell also appeared in person to speak that year.

Jamie Lowell, one of the organizers of this year’s event, said: “After the pandemic forced us to move the Hash Bash to a digital format for two years, it feels good to get back to the in-person rally that the Bash is famous for. We are happy to partner with the University of Michigan’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy on this project.”

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ANN ARBOR, MI — The 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Hash Bash will be a classic marijuana fest honoring the event’s long history and activism still happening, organizers say.

“I’m really proud to say that this Hash Bash event is going back to its political roots,” said co-organizer Matt Dargay, a University of Michigan social work graduate student and president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UM.

“Hash Bash really started as a protest around the arrest and incarceration of a person who was in possession of marijuana,” Dargay said, referring to Ann Arbor poet and pot activist John Sinclair, who was serving a 10-year prison sentence for two joints and was freed not long before the first Hash Bash took place on the UM Diag in April 1972, after Michigan’s felony marijuana law was declared unconstitutional.

“That’s really where things started,” Dargay said. “And this time around, to celebrate the 50th anniversary, the activism and advocacy angle is very much going to be a part of it.”

2019 Hash Bash-Ann Arbor-Diag-MMMA

Organizers expect several thousand cannabis enthusiasts from across Michigan and beyond to be in attendance for the 51st-annual rally on the UM Diag at high noon April 2.

“I am really excited to say that Hash Bash is back in person,” Dargay said. “It’s going to be a great day.”

About 30 speakers are expected to take the stage over the course of two hours, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit and many activists involved in the marijuana movement. Music will follow, and the event will once again spill over into the Monroe Street Fair.

Co-organizer Jamie Lowell said he has reserved a spot in the lineup for past organizer and emcee Adam Brook to introduce Sinclair, making sure people know their place in history.

“Adam, after all, is the one who brought John Sinclair back into the fold in the ‘90s, and we’re very appreciative of that and the work that he did to emcee for so many years there,” Lowell said. “This is paying tribute to the culture and the history and Adam’s obviously a huge part of that.”

In addition to the usual Hash Bash musical performances by Tom Wall of Cosmic Knot and Ann Arbor blues rocker Laith Al-Saadi, who plays the national anthem on electric guitar, organizers promise plenty of advocacy around marijuana bills pending in the Michigan Legislature, including the John Sinclair Act introduced by state Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor. And there will be a criminal record expungement booth set up to help people take steps to clear past marijuana convictions.

In-person Hash Bash event goes on in spite of COVID restrictions
Attendees smoke joints at a Hash Bash event on the University of Michigan Diag in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 3, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Now over three years since Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana in the state, too many people are still incarcerated or living with the burden of criminal records because of their use of the cannabis plant, said Lowell, who is involved with the Michigan Cannabis Freedom Coalition in addition to being the director of advocacy and social equity for the Botanical Co., a Lansing-based marijuana retailer.

“We’re kind of frustrated with the very, very slow pace and lack of attention to helping getting people out of jail that are in there for what’s legal now — most of them still from the time the governor got into office, even though she was saying she was going to help us get them out,” Lowell said. “It’s kind of a frustration in the community that that hasn’t happened.”

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