Ann Arbor, MI — Traditionally a one-hour event, the 34th annual Hash Bash — which will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2005 — has been extended to two hours and will feature live music from Detroit-area band Buddha Fulla Rymez, who recently received 10 nominations at the Detroit Music Awards, and Kalamazoo band Hazy Jane.
“We’ve cooperated with the University to make Hash Bash longer and better this year,” said Josh Soper, director of the NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) chapter at the University of Michigan. “We’re especially excited to be reviving the tradition of live music at Hash Bash, which we hope will draw more students out to the event.”
Hash Bash is the marijuana policy reform rally that has been held on the campus of the University of Michigan for thirty-four years, frequently drawing crowds numbering well into the thousands. It began as a protest for the release of activist John Sinclair, who had been given a ten-year sentence for two marijuana cigarettes, inspiring John Lennon to write the song “Ten for Two.” John Sinclair will be speaking at Hash Bash and his band, Glowb, will be performing afterwards at the Monroe Street Fair.
“What we are really hoping to achieve with this year’s Hash Bash is not only to educate people on how ineffective and disadvantageous our nation’s current marijuana policy is, but also to motivate people to step up as activists and work towards change,” said Kate Dillon, assistant director of the NORML chapter at the University of Michigan.
Traditionally, the event has begun at noon on the Central Campus Diag and has not, at least in recent years, included live music. But this year it will kick off at 11:00 AM with music, and at noon an impressive array of experts will speak on matters of marijuana policy, including:
Albert Price, professor of political science at the University of Michigan – Flint;
Charles Ream, Scio Township Trustee;
John Sinclair, famed activist and poet;
Chef Ra, columnist for High Times magazine;
Gatewood Galbraith, attorney and author of “The Last Free Man in America;”
Melody Karr, vice president of Michigan NORML, the statewide NORML chapter.
At 1:00 PM, festivities will move off-campus to the Monroe Street Fair, which will feature vendors and additional live music until 5:30 PM. Between Hash Bash and the Monroe Street Fair, attendees will be able to enjoy over six hours of free live music and guest speakers.
Hash Bash is organized by the NORML chapter at the University of Michigan, a registered student group working to reform marijuana laws. For more information, visit us online at www.umnorml.org
For more information on the Monroe Street Fair, visit www.monroestreetfair.com