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Wayne Crouton of Houghton County has a drag as he listens to the speaker during the annual Hash Bash at U-M’s Diag in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 7, 2018.(Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo
ANN ARBOR — After 47 years, the annual Hash Bash, which celebrates marijuana and protests the laws prohibiting its use, may be on its last legs.
With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use likely on its way to the voters in November, the annual event Saturday on the University of Michigan’s campus became a call to action, or at least a call to polling places.
“Besides making sure this is the last Hash Bash before legalization, we can make sure that we get the best people elected to the most important positions in the state,” said Nick Zettel, one of the lead organizers of Hash Bash. “We’re going to have a very cannabis-positive election. And the most important thing we need is your vote.”
With the unmistakable haze and scent of marijuana smoke hanging over the crowd, it was a message that was repeated by speaker after speaker, including two Democratic candidates for governor, Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed, and Democratic attorney general candidate Dana Nessel.
Democratic attorney general candidate Dana Nessel speaks during the annual Hash Bash at U-M’s Diag in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
“I attended my first Hash Bash in 1988