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2023 Hash Bash & Monroe Street Fair

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

We are very excited to announce that we will have a booth at this years Monroe Street Fair celebrating the 52nd annual Hash Bash!

The Annual Ann Arbor Monroe Street Fair is a safe space for thousands of Hash Bash attendee's to gather and celebrate featuring a live concert, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and an arts and crafts merchants bazaar.

Hash Bash is an annual event held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, held on the first Saturday of April at high 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 Michigan Supreme Court decision to declare the law used to convict cultural activist John Sinclair for possession of two marijuana joints, unconstitutional. This action left the State of Michigan without a law prohibiting the use of marijuana until after the weekend of April 1, 1972. And Hash Bash was born.

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. For decades, police had exercised discretion and a general tolerance for public marijuana use at the annual Hash Bash. Marijuana is openly consumed annually on the campus and 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 interfere.

So come and find us at The Monroe Street Fair as we practice some civil disobedience and celebrate 52 years of protesting for our love of all things cannabis!

1 Comment

Rich Birkett
Rich Birkett
Jun 24, 2023

The city fine is $25 with $25 court costs = $50. City law no longer enforced except for public smoking.

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