While some were holding out hope that there would be a Hash Bash 2021 in person, the powers that were responsible elected to create a streaming program, offering up a virtual party on Twitch. Cosmic Knot served as the house band for the stream, as well as a few performances from ‘The Voice’ former contestant Laith Al-Saadi, and a music video premiere for the Laganja Estranja music video “Hot Box.”
Representatives from the Michigan Government, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an appearance on the stream, as well as sponsors, speakers, and members of the sports community including Cannabis Advocates and Former Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson aka Megatron and Rob Sims. And of course, many spoke about the importance of not only decriminalizing Cannabis but also federally legalizing it.
It was said on stream that they plan to “make it up to” Hash Bash attendees as this is the 50th year of Hash Bash, and doing it virtually does sort of suck the wind about the party aspect, getting together, and blazing in celebration. Considering we missed 4/20/2020 as well as the 50th event, we’re sure they’ll pack the power for next year’s 2022 event.
The event, which has drawn in crowds of thousands over the last 50 years was started after the March 9th, 1972 decision by the Michigan Supreme Court declaring it unconstitutional to convict cultural activist John Sinclair for possession of two joints.
MLive recounts the history, reporting the following:
“The first Hash Bash, an event now in its 48th year, took place on the University of Michigan Diag in April 1972 — four months after John Lennon and others came to town to attend a freedom rally for imprisoned Ann Arbor poet and pot activist John Sinclair, who was serving a 10-year sentence for possessing two joints.
After Sinclair was freed and Michigan’s felony marijuana law declared unconstitutional, the first Hash Bash was held as a new state law with lesser penalties took effect.”
Check out the replay of the stream here (once available), and keep your eyes peeled for next year’s event, which is hopefully, back fully at the Diag!
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