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The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes M -- --- Campus Characters
The first'High Noon' march
Thirty-five years ago, students
couldn't RSVP to Hash Bash on
Facebook.com - word-of-mouth
and fliers were the only advertise-
ments for the event. But the lack of
easy, online publicity didn't stop
scores of students from gathering
for the first-ever Hash Bash during
the first weekend of April in 1972.
The first Hash Bash was held as a
celebration after the success of the
"Free John Now" campaign that
arouse in response to the incarcera-
tion of political activist and Ann
Arbor local, John Sinclair.
Sinclair was arrested and sen-
tenced to 10 years in prison for the
possession of two marijuana joints
in July 1969.
He quickly became an icon of
the counter-cluture movement
and inspired a number of protests
around the country.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
sponsored a Free John Now rally at
Crisler Arena on Dec. 10,1971. They
argued that Sinclair's incarceration
had been cruel and unusual punish-
ment and that Sinclair was convict-
ed as a result of police entrapment.
Three days after the rally at
Crisler Arena, Sinclair's case was
re-examined by the Michigan
Supreme Court. He was released
from prison on Dec. 13, 1971.
The first Hash Bash occurred
three and a half months after Sin-
clair's release from jail. The leaders
of the 1960s counterculture, many
of them students and young adults
living in Ann Arbor, were promi-
nent participants in the first Hash
The event included speeches,
demonstrations in favor of mari-
juana legalization, music and street
Police officers have often turned a
blind eyeto some of the drug use that
typically accompanies the festival.
Over the years, student atten-
dance at the Hash Bash "High Noon"
march on the Diag has waned. But
enthusiasts and pro-marijuana
advocates have continued hold-
ing the event in Ann Arbor partly
because of its history and the city's
relatively lax marijuana laws.
In Ann Arbor (excepton campus,
which is under state law), posses-
sion of marijuana is a civil infrac-
tion rather than a criminal offense.
Organizers at the first event
hoped it would become a tradi-
"The hash festival shouldfbecome
an annual affair, and we hope to
see everybody out here again next
year," one organizer told The Mich-
igan Daily at the time.
Thirty-five years later, the tradi-
tion is still alive.
- This article draws on sources
from theBentley Historical Library
FIL E PH(C
Pickney Community High School senior Jon Lozer stands
stuck at the bottom of a Law School window well after he
climbed down to retrieve a frisbee during Hash Bash on April
413 E. Huron St.
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