ANN ARBOR, MI – Organizers of the 47th annual marijuana rally in Ann Arbor are hoping this year’s Hash Bash on April 7 will be the last one before cannabis is legalized 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.
“For the first 46 years, really the focus has been on state prohibition,” said Hash Bash lead organizer Mark Passerini, co-founder of the Om of Medicine marijuana dispensary in downtown Ann Arbor.
“This could very well be the last year we focus on state prohibition and next year we could re-focus toward the ills of federal policy. Federal policy still sees cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug in all forms.”
The Hash Bash Planning Committee has announced the lineup of speakers and entertainers for the April 7 rally taking place on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus Diag. It’s scheduled to last from noon to 4:19 p.m., which is longer than in years past, and it’s expected to draw thousands of cannabis users and allies.
“We wanted to give people something to look forward to — to do on their own — at 4:20,” Passerini said of why the Diag festivities end at 4:19 p.m. “We figure they might be busy at 4:20.”
Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi, who achieved fame as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” is expected to kick off this year’s fest, as he has in the past, by performing the national anthem on guitar.
Politicians, professional athletes and leading marijuana legalization activists from around the country are expected to speak.