click to enlarge Photo by Michael Charter Revelers at the Hash Bash, 2018. Activists, as they do every year, fired up so much marijuana it sent up plumes of the fragrant smoke. Some of the celebrants, such as John Sinclair, have been toking since the festival began. Many of the revelers, of course, are young — in fact, as photos show, there were more millennials than you could shake a selfie stick at.
And it wasn’t just us covering it. This year, the bash drew a well-written upbeat feature from the Detroit Free Press, as well as extended coverage from MLive that included 11 videos. Even The Detroit News gave the Hash Bash coverage in the form of a huge slideshow. It might have been called “Laugh at the Hippie,” and it actually offered the names and residences of many of the tokers. Yes, smoking weed is so mainstream now that you can have your picture of you smoking a freakin’ Gran Corona-sized bomber in the newspaper along with your name and hometown. (I know, right? What’s a newspaper, Dad?)
Better yet, another bit of marijuana coverage in the Freep last week was so glowing it was quickly repackaged into a report for the website the Cannabist, U.S. News & World Report, even The Fort Bend Herald. The story? Demand for budtenders in Michigan is expected to rise exponentially now that marijuana is “on the cusp of becoming a bona fide industry in Michigan.”
Which is to say that, in Michigan, the big money is now lined up behind marijuana, sensing an opportunity for its own highs: profits. Where hippies sought THC, the investors seek ROI, and they’re feeling increasingly confident now is the time to capitalize on medical marijuana, even complete legalization.
But it’s worth noting that we wouldn’t have gotten