Associated Press Published 3:33 p.m. ET March 20, 2018
Can medical marijuana save Michigan girl?
Rachel Brown of Grand Haven smokes during Hash Bash on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. (Photo: Rachel Woolf, Special to the Free Press)
The organizers of a marijuana rally in Ann Arbor hope this year’s event will be the last before cannabis is legalized in Michigan.
The 47th annual Hash Bash will be held next month at the University of Michigan, The Ann Arbor News reported. Politicians, professional athletes and legalization activists will speak at the event.
University officials warn attendees that campus police will follow state law and arrest people caught with marijuana on university property. Marijuana has been decriminalized elsewhere in the city since the 1970s, with the penalty being a $25 ticket for a first offense.
“Hash Bash has grown each year since the passage of Michigan’s medical cannabis laws. The event has also gained importance as a venue for activists, patients and public figures to speak out against the horrors of cannabis prohibition,” said Nick Zettell, co-chair of the festival’s planning committee. “The qualifications and reputations of this year’s speakers are unparalleled by years past and add legitimacy and diversity to the counter-cultural event.”
This year’s event could be the last that focuses on state prohibition, said Mark Passerini, the festival’s lead organizer. If marijuana is legalized, the next focus will be federal policy, he said.
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