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Posted on Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Images from Ann Arbor's 42nd annual Hash Bash

By Daniel Brenner

Police estimated roughly 3,000 people attended the 42nd annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan Diag on Saturday. staff photographer Daniel Brenner was there to capture these images.


Blue Marker

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

When I saw the picture of Mason Tvert I thought "Wow, Brady Hoke stopped by the Hash Bash!

Laurie Barrett

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 12:14 a.m.

Nice pictures but kind of sensationalist and stereotyping. It seems like a lot of the editorials and reporting in AAN is fairly naive. I like to read it tho. I hope some day they really do some legitimate journalism.


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 2:26 a.m.

This silly rag is one step above the "Michigan Daily" (UM student newspaper) on a good day - probably because most of their reporters are only a few years out of college!


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:22 p.m.

Only in Ann Arbor. Never thought much of it back then and even less today. It ain't 1971. Too bad the some feel need to recreate the 1970s. I can think of many other better events of that time reflect back upon.

Michael McShane

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 10:22 p.m.

Thank you Daniel for posting the picture of me, I love it.

Nicole Streeter

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 10:57 a.m.

I didn't get a chance to see you! But I did see the picture! :)


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

Why all of the pictures of tobacco at this event? Why are you deliberately trying to associate something responsible for untold cancer deaths with something that cures cancer?

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:51 a.m.

There ARE studies that suggest consumption of cannabis may have some slight preventative effect when it comes to certain types of cancer.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:22 a.m.

oh now it's a cure???


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

I think it should be legalized - I'm not a smoker of any kind anymore - but illegal is just silly. My only comment about the Hash Bash is - why do they all look so pale and grungy? Get some sun and go hiking or ??? - lots of pale white people trying to make a point. I liked it better when it was 1970... something - they looked better, we looked better. It's true Iv'e seen the photos


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 4:04 a.m.

Well maybe some people can not afford a tanner like you. OR maybe they are intelligent enough to know the dangers of tanning. I guarantee you did NOT look better, you just wish you did

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:50 a.m.

We're all pale - it's been winter in Michigan. I spend plenty of time outdoors in the summer, and most of the people in the parks, on the river, and on the disc golf course are stoners.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Downriver Teens Unite!


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 2:21 a.m.

Too funny!!


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:54 p.m.

So proud of AA.Com for having their own reporters cover this critical event and not having to provide a link to another news source, as is usually the case. Nice to know where the priorities are.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

So, that's the reason State St. was a parking lot. Were all these drivers already stoned on the way there?


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:49 a.m.

Its one day per year. Stop being so insensitive.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

What a waste of time!!! Stoners standing around listening to other stoners speak about being stoned!

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:48 a.m.

"People disagree with me! They must be wasting their time!" See the issue, there?


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:25 p.m.

Was the Bob Dylan song "Everybody must get stoned" blaring?

Michigan Man

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 5:35 p.m.

54 - Thoughtful, short, on target and correct impressive of the grand waste of everything at the most recent hash bash.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:06 p.m.

Get the government out of my wallet and my ideals. I know how to spend my money and I know I want to live.

Jack Gladney

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 1:09 p.m.

""No shoving there now!" shouted the Deputy Sub-Bursar In a fury. He slammed down the lid of his cashbox. "I shall stop the distribution unless I have good behavior." The Deltas muttered, jostle one another a little, and then were still. The threat had been effective. Deprivation of soma - appalling thought! "That's better," said the young man, and he reopened his cash box." ~ Brave New World. Aldous Huxley We need not fear oppression from without, but rather from within.

Dr. Fate

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

Personally, I think marijuana should be legalized like tobacco or alcohol, BUT anyone who thinks it is any less damaging to your health than those substances is a fool. There aren't as many high-powered studies on marijuana yet but why would anyone think that smoke inhalation is good for you much less a panacea of a cornucopium of human diseases. It shouldn't take a medical degree to see that healthy pink lung tissue doesn't agree with any smoke whether it's from cigarettes, fires, BBQ grills, or hashish. MJ is good for nausea and chronic pain (like in cancer), there is no doubt about this for anyone who has used it for either. But frequent and chronic use, like many drugs (medicine included), has its long-term sequelae, like emphysema, bronchitis, lung abscess, excessive X-Box Live chatter, and marijuana community conforming dress code and dreadlocks.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 3:59 a.m.

"There aren't as many high-powered studies on marijuana yet " Umm, YES, there are. They have been done, but the powers that be do not like the results. I will also point out what Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson said about smoking. IT IS FOR AMATEURS. Pros use a vaporizer. For the record, MR Nelson just turned 80 and has been using marijuana since at least 1974 (his first arrest).

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:47 a.m.

It's worth noting that there have been several cancer studies, none of which found any correlation between smoking cannabis and higher rates of cancer.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

Cannabis has been one of the most widely used remedies in the world prior to prohibition. It can be ingested as an oil, tincture or cooked into food. Vaporizers are another smokless alternative. No smoking necessary.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:54 a.m.

I was for the legalization of pot until I started reading more about the effects especially on the brains of teenagers. Sorry, but I cant support legalizing pot. It is destructive and it is an animal completely different to alcohol. And frankly the generally trashed and scary appearance of the HashBash attendees wouldve been enough to scare me away from legalization forever.

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:45 a.m.

You're right - it is a completely different animal. Alcohol causes chronic disease and is quite literally poisonous, and is implicated in a majority of the violent crime in the United States. Marijuana consumption by adults is not associated with any long-term negative health effects, much less chronic disease or cancer. And cannabis has no known correlation with violence - quite the opposite.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:20 a.m.

i saw that the girl scouts were selling cookies at the entrance to the Diag, i'm sure they did a brisk business.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 3:51 a.m.

well the girl scouts are selling crap that actually harms people as opposed to the marijuana users, it seems the girl scouts should be banned or arrested.

Jack Gladney

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

It is especially useful to the cause to expose them to the drug culture at a young age.

Kyle Mattson

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 1 p.m.

location, location, location...


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

Is there anywhere that the Girl Scouts WEREN'T selling cookies this year? It seemed like they were everywhere.

Terri Eagen-Torkko

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 5:48 a.m.

That really IS "a large fake paraphernalia." Best caption EVER!

Daniel Brenner

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 6:41 p.m.

Haha, I did not no how else to describe that image. I thought it was pretty accurate. Could you offer a different description?

Kitty O'Brien

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 4:13 a.m.

Legalize it.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:15 a.m.

I was down there today freaking out all the Squares! "Expand your mind Square!!"


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

Marijuana reform activist Tim Beck, described by some as the "godfather" of the marijuana movement in Michigan, highlighted the results of a new Pew Research Center survey that shows 52 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be made legal. Nice to know that every other person is smoking weed, I can just imagine then how many nuclear power plant operators we have at the controls that are taking hits just before work or during breaks, along with pilots, medical professions and half the police forces along with the military. Why worry about terrorists destroying our country, we'll do to ourselves.

Samuel Burns

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 3:51 p.m.

Major logical flaw there. Just because someone supports ending the failed, expensive, wasteful, life destroying war on marijuana doesn't mean that they smoke weed, or even that they agree with smoking weed.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 9:38 p.m.

Do you have anything inside your bag of tricks but fear? I certainly would rather the person at the switch was using cannabis than the plethora of pharma garbage everyone's on these days. Wait let me guess, you're a Pfizer person, right?


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:48 p.m.

Really. Why can't they just stick to Xanax like the former first lady?

Homeland Conspiracy

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:17 a.m.

I can just imagine then how many nuclear power plant operators we have at the controls that are taking a few DRINKS just before work or during breaks, along with pilots, medical professions and half the police forces along with the military.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:52 a.m.

Is it normal to caption all the pictures with the peoples' names at an event like this??

Daniel Brenner

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

Hi Widmer, It's common practice to get caption information for all pictures we take. Granted, some people do not wish to give their names and other content which is completely understandable and did happen at this event.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:51 a.m.

why not? if you dont want anyone to know who you are and what you do, then dont do it in - let alone in public and in front of a camera lense.

Kitty O'Brien

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 4:18 a.m.

Victoria Mayhem and Molly Pickles??


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 11:28 p.m.

Michigan Man: There is no correlation between smoking marijuana and any of the things you mentioned. However, there is a strong correlation between tobacco use and all of the things you mentioned. I'm pretty sure most of the people in those pictures weren't smoking tobacco. Well...maybe wacky tabaky.

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

Exactly correct.


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 11:22 p.m.

Like, who cares? Legal or not, people will still smoke it, so we might as well make it legal and tax the hell out of it to reduce the deficit. Just don't let Irwin anywhere near the proceeds, or it'll all go to Frito-Lay for munchies.

Dirty Mouth

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 10:09 p.m.

It is a quaint event and I'm sure we'll hear about the few paltry arrests tomorrow morning.


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:17 p.m.

So past it's time....


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:09 p.m.

Ahhhhh what a useful event.

Michigan Man

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Burned out looking crowd. Everyone smoking something is seems. Surgeon General can't be very happy today. That crowd, if not already, will have lots of drug addiction, cancer, heart disease, emphasema and who knows what other medical maladies will come their in short order. Probably end up on Medicaid and the good tax paying citizens of Ann Arbor will then pay for their long term care.

David Wizard

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

No long-term health problems are associated with marijuana use. And the vast majority of drug addiction in this country is addiction to legal substances: alcohol, nicotine, and prescription medications.


Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 2:17 a.m.

I love how people say it's good because it will create more business for hospitals...because apparently hospitals are short on customers...


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 4:55 p.m.

Michigan, i was there and I don't smoke. Anything. nonetheless I am a firm believer in its decriminalization.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

Back in the 70's it was known that the number one pop act was Barry Manilow. Lot's of things believed to be right in the 70's turned out to be wrong.

Milton Shift

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:58 a.m.

Back in the 70s, it was also known that marijuana caused violence.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 2:13 a.m.

Quit harshin' my buzz MAN!!


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:26 a.m.

Ann, that's truly natural birth control.

Ann English

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 12:07 a.m.

Back in the seventies, it was known that guys who smoke marijuana lower their sperm count. So if a man wants to beget a child, he should know that smoking marijuana will make it harder to do.

Kai Petainen

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

If it is bad, and causes problems, then it'll create business for the hospitals. If it is good, then hospitals will eventually sell it. Either way... it'll create more business.

Angry Moderate

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

Would you like to provide any medical studies or scientific evidence that smoking marijuana causes cancer or heart disease?

Kai Petainen

Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

It might create more business for the UofM hospital too?


Sat, Apr 6, 2013 : 9:09 p.m.

Yes, but they will be able to use medical marijuana to alleviate their medical ailments brought on by their marijuana use.