Planning Your Visit to Ann Arbor's Hash Bash: Parking Options and More

April 4th, 2024 Events & Conferences
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Ann Arbor is gearing up for its 53rd Hash Bash celebration, set to take place on the Diag this Saturday. The event, which commences at "high noon," is a longstanding tradition celebrating cannabis, featuring a variety of activities including live music, vendor booths, and even a treasure hunt. It will run in tandem with the Monroe Street Fair, offering attendees a full day of festivities.

The inception of Hash Bash dates back to 1972, catalyzed by the conviction of activist John Sinclair for the possession of two cannabis joints. In a show of solidarity and protest, musicians and cannabis enthusiasts gathered at the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena, engaging in public smoking sessions to challenge the ruling. Despite cannabis not being legalized in Michigan until 2018, the event has persisted annually, becoming a hallmark of advocacy and celebration.

This year's Hash Bash comes shortly after the passing of John Sinclair, who died at the age of 82, just days before the event. His legacy, along with that of other activists, will be highlighted through speeches from notable figures such as Leni Sinclair, Chuck Ream, Tim Beck, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, and Senator Jeff Irwin.

Event Parking and Legal Reminders

Participants looking for parking will find several paid options in the vicinity of downtown Ann Arbor, including:

  • Street parking around downtown.
  • Maynard Structure at 324 Maynard St.
  • Library Lane Parking Garage at 319 S. 5th Ave.
  • Fourth and William Public Parking at 115 E. William St.
  • Forest Avenue Parking Garage at 650 S. Forest Ave.

Attendees are reminded of the importance of responsible celebration. It remains illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis, and the consumption of cannabis products inside a vehicle on Michigan roads is prohibited.

Event Details:

  • Location: The Diag, 913 S. University Ave.
  • Date and Time: Saturday, April 6th, from noon until to be announced.

In the Ann Arbor area, over 20 cannabis dispensaries cater to adults 21 and older, allowing the purchase of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis products daily. This event highlights the vibrant cannabis culture in the area and serves as a reminder of the ongoing discussions around cannabis use and legislation.

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