The Hash Bash was a landmark counterculture event when it was launched at the University of Michigan on April 1, 1972. This year, organizers were openly hoping it would be the last one before cannabis is legalized in the Wolverine State — and urging a push to make it so.
Thousands turned out for the event on April 7, which was accompanied by an indoor “Hash Bash Cup” at an area hotel, the official website notes. And it wasn’t all scruffy hippies. Speakers included two Democratic candidates for Michigan governor — Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed — and a Democratic candidate for attorney general, Dana Nessel.
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All spoke in support of the legalization initiative that activists are trying to get on the state ballot in November. El-Sayed emphasized that once the ballot proposal is passed, the state should expunge the records of those charged and convicted of cannabis violations. “No one should be left with an arrest record,” he said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Free Press account noted the political diversity of the crowd — with at least one Trump supporter in a “Make America Great Again” cap. This was Jerome Bussell, manager of a medical marijuana dispensary in the town of Morenci. He told the Free Press: “I hope Trump defunds [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions and the DOJ. He said he supported marijuana when he was trying to get elected. You kind of worry when you wear your Trump hat, but everybody’s cool.”
More reflective of the radical roots of Hash Bash was Adam Brook, a veteran organizer of the event. He exhorted that even if the initiative passes, the Hash Bash should live on as a gesture of defiance to the feds. “So