The Hash Bash Planning Committee has released a new mobile app detailing this year’s lineup of speakers, entertainment, and related events. Recently announced are the appearances of Detroit Lion Mike James, The Voice finalist and Ann Arbor favorite, Laith Al-Saadi, amongst many more.
“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. With the question of legalization likely on the ballot, this could very well be the last Hash Bash where cannabis is illegal in the State of Michigan. The qualifications and reputations of this year’s speakers are unparalleled by years past and add legitimacy and diversity to the counter-cultural event,” explained committee co-chair Nick Zettell.
The 47th installment of the annual Ann Arbor event is expected to draw upwards of 10,000 people to the University of Michigan DIAG between the hours of Noon and 4:19 pm. Continued efforts to accommodate a larger crowd and complex cannabis legal framework mean Hash Bash will be longer than ever. The 47th will feature leading activists from around the country, many of whom are new faces at this event. New to this year’s lineup are gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Anqunette Jamison Sarfoh, Ann Arbor City Council person Anne Bannister, Detroit Lions Running Back Mike James, National Cannabis Industry Association board member Khurshid Khoja, Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel, and University of Michigan professor Gus Rosania, Ph.D.
Returning speakers include beat poet John Sinclair, DJ Short, Darren McCarty, State Senate candidate Jeff Irwin, and Nick Zettell. Attendees can also expect the return of entertainers Laith Al-Saadi (playing the National Anthem) and Cosmic Knot along with local bands Ma Baker and Honey Monsoon.