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Term: Hash Bash

Hash Bash (Wikipedia)

Hash Bash is an annual event held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, originally held every April 1st, but now on the first Saturday of April at noon on the University of Michigan Diag. A collection of speeches, live music, and occasional civil disobedience are centered on the goal of reforming federal, state, and local marijuana laws. The first Hash Bash was held on Saturday, April 1, 1972 in response to the March 9th 1972 decision by Michigan Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the law used to convict cultural activist John Sinclair for possession of two marijuana joints. This action left the State of Michigan without a law prohibiting the use of marijuana until after the weekend of April 1, 1972.Chef Ra was a fixture of the Hash Bash for 19 consecutive years before his death in late 2006.

Hash Bash
Hash Bash on April 7, 2007
FrequencyFirst Saturday in April
VenueUniversity of Michigan Diag
Location(s)Ann Arbor, Michigan
CountryUnited States
Years active50
InauguratedApril 1, 1972 (1972-04-01)
Most recentApril 6, 2019
Next eventApril 2, 2022
Attendance8,000-15,000 (2015)

Before cannabis legalization in Michigan, the penalty for cannabis law violations in the City of Ann Arbor was a $30 fine and $25 court costs for a total of $55, and was a civil infraction ticket. The campus falls under state, not city jurisdiction but "for decades, police had in the past exercised discretion and a general tolerance for public marijuana use at the annual Hash Bash. Marijuana is openly consumed annually on the campus and at past events, few, if any, arrests occur. There is a general understanding that during this time, peaceful protesters can engage in the civil disobedience of cannabis consumption and police generally will not enforce state law."

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