The 47th annual Hash Bash celebration will begin long before the crowd gathers on the Diag. Happenings begin on Friday and continue through Sunday as the Ann Arbor area embraces a weekend of cannabis culture, advocacy and celebration.
On FRIDAY, start the weekend off in neighboring Ypsilanti with the Michigan NORML’s Quarterly Meeting at the Eagles Club. The state’s longest-running marijuana law reform organization holds this event every year. 2018’s event will feature a free BBQ lunch, an organizational update, presentations from candidates for office and sponsorship by cannabis businesses. That event kicks off at 2pm. LINK
Also starting on FRIDAY, the Hash Bash Cup fires up at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Jackson Avenue. This is a much bigger event than the name implies. Last year the group took over an entire hotel for the weekend; this year, they have taken over TWO hotels! The Wyndham common areas feature booths from non-profits and corporate entities, and all rooms have been rented to cannabis friendly individuals. Events are scheduled at the hotel for all three weekend days. Rooms are all reserved. Begins at 3pm on Friday; awards will be presented on Saturday night. LINK
On SATURDAY, the Monroe Street Fair is a no-holds-barred open smoking environment on a two-block stretch of Monroe Street. Booths selling accessories and clothing for the 420 lifestyle line one side of the street. The fair runs from about 11am until 6pm. A stage will rotate bands all day long, and each year thousands of fair goers attend. This is THE place to be at 4:20 on Saturday! LINK
At high noon on SATURDAY, the Hash Bash will officially begin. Just a short walk away from the Monroe Street Fair and on the campus of the University of Michigan, Hash Bash sees thousands gather on the Diag to hear speakers, candidates and personalities. This year it’s approx. two hours of speeches followed by bands. Featured will be Eugene Monroe, a former professional football player; Mike James, current Detroit Lions player; and candidate for Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, who was recently endorsed by pro-legalization group MILegalize. LINK
SATURDAY night is always a music night following the Hash Bash, and this year is no exception. Former The Voice contestant and Ann Arbor legend Laith Al-Saadi will be playing at the Blind Pig. Also featured: John Sinclair and the Macpodz. $25 to attend. LINK
On SUNDAY, a pair of panel discussions will take the cannabis theme to a whole new level. The Medical and Athlete Professional Panel is a pair of panel discussions, one featuring players and another with medical professionals. The athletes panel includes three pros who have come out in favor of cannabis use for current and retired professional athletes including James, Monroe and Detroit Red Wings legend Darren McCarty. The second panel discussion features medical professionals in a frank talk about cannabis and the human body, with Drs. Sue Sisley and Evan Litinas. The program begins at 2pm at the Michigan League building, U of M campus. No charge. LINK
Source: The Social Revolution