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Posted on Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

Images from the 41st annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on Saturday

By Chris Asadian

An estimated 5,500 people gathered on the Diag at the University of Michigan on Saturday for the 41st annual Hash Bash. Photographer Chris Asadian captured these images.


John Davis

Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 8:09 a.m.

Hash Bash is the longest running protest for political reform in our nation. Ann Arbor should be proud to host so many dedicated activist all fighting to return freedom to America. Protect our children from prohibition ( 1 out of 4 will be incarcerated), put police back to work fighting violent crime (only 2% of domestic violence/Stalking cases result in arrest), put our farmers back to work growing the crop that built this country (America is the only industrial nation not growing hemp but buys 80% of the worlds harvest, mostly from China), put our politicians back to work representing us instead of Dow (Attorney General/anti-marijuana extremist Bill Schuette is a Dow heir). Sign the petition to end prohibition!

A Voice of Reason

Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 1:26 a.m.

Maybe should develop a moral compass on this one and not so carelessly publish pictures of this event and giving it actually more coverage than when the President visited Ann Arbor. You published three news stories on the Hash Bash and a series of photographs--please. Why are you promoting the celebration of drugs? There is lots of new worthy stories--like Easter celebrations on Easter that seem a little more appropriate for today. One article and a few photographs should be sufficient. Moral compass people--please set an example for the children of this community. Drug use and addiction ruins lives and families. It should not be reported not celebrated. This is not news; it is an embarrassment for this community.


Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

I'm glad you're concerned about morality, will you help us end the longest standing civil war our county has seen? Medical marijuana patients and caregivers are increasingly attacked by Michigans drug task forces--regardless of their status as state sanctioned patients and caregivers. I'm sure you're equally outraged about the will of the voters not being respected will equal that of celebrating drug use. After all, votes wanted to remove sick and dying people out of harms way of this war, and somehow, instead they've got the guys with guns and masks kicking in their doors, pointing guns at them and charging them with felonies. While opening smoking marijuana in public may not be something parents want to subject their children to--this is the longest running WAR PROTEST of the failed war on marijuana that we have in Michigan. The stories published about Hash Bash covered the first time, state wide effort to repeal marijuana prohibition and the first time appearance of Steve DeAngelo, who witnessed the federal government raiding a wheelchair bound man in CA last Wednesday --just blocks from where a sniper was shooting 7 people dead. THAT'S what the cops are suppose to be doing. Your life, your children and your ability to practice the religion of your choice are all affected by this war. It skews policy priorities to the point where about 65-70% of all reported rapes and murders go unsolved so that police can chase marijuana users. To help you with a little perspective, I think UM football games are an equal embarrassment for our community. More crime is generated at ONE football game than has occurred surrounding dispensaries in the last THREE YEARS. I have been harassed by roaming bands of drunken, aggressive football fans, nearly run over, had beer and pop cans THROWN at me from passing cars. One guy stole a Gator Aid vehicle last fall and there are plenty of assaults that occur from the drinking and idiocy.

Steven Sharpe

Mon, Apr 9, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.

To a Voice and not a name, This is a plant and not a drug. It is a medicinal herb that helps so many people that you can't even imagine. All those peoplein those pictures seem to know more about this plant then those making negative comments about how strong some of us feel about how we maintain life and what we use for our health. is a good place to start helping to end prohibition.


Sun, Apr 8, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

What a bunch of clowns.I wish I had nothing better to do with my time.(I'm a right winger and think pot laws are stupid.Pot is much less harmful than booze BTW )


Sun, Apr 8, 2012 : 5:42 p.m.

Whats so clownish about people gathering and having a good time speaking about something that interests them. It occurs to me that a lot of people are doing that today. Are they clowns? Is it a waste of time? Is it....your time?


Sun, Apr 8, 2012 : 1:22 a.m.

I'll just say it. Marijuana should be legal.


Sun, Apr 8, 2012 : 12:44 a.m.

Awesome pics, good job.


Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

It was a beautiful day to have Hash Bash.