ANN ARBOR, MI – Gathered under clouds of weed smoke on the University of Michigan Diag, cannabis enthusiasts young and old passed joints and smoked bowls.
Thousands came out for the 47th annual Hash Bash marijuana rally in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 7.
For two hours, the crowd cheered on speakers including politicians, professional athletes and leading marijuana legalization activists who issued a call for legalizing marijuana in Michigan.
Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi, who achieved fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” played the national anthem on electric guitar to kick things off, after which speakers took the mic.
Organizers of this year’s rally said they’re hoping this will be the last Hash Bash before marijuana is legalized for recreational use and not just medical use in Michigan.
They’re counting on state voters to approve a ballot proposal in November to legalize recreational marijuana use for people 21 and older, taxing and regulating it much like alcohol.
Fox 2 News anchor Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh talked about the medical benefits of marijuana and how it has helped her personally deal with having multiple sclerosis.
“Up until two years ago, I was the morning TV news anchor for Fox 2 in Detroit, but people did not see what multiple sclerosis was doing to me,” she said. “I was exhausted all the time.
“I needed a pill just to get out of bed. Every other day, I would inject my body — either my side or my thigh or the back of my arm — with a medication that burned, that (stung), that left bruises, and cost my insurance company $91,000 a year. It also made me violently ill, so they prescribed a half dozen other medications to deal with that.”
Jamison Sarfoh said those medications didn’t always work. After another trip to