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2A - Thursday, January 17, 2008
MONDAY:
In Other Ivory Towers

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

WEDNESDAY: FRIDAY:
The Extremist Explained _Before You Were Here

A poet's protest

Across the nation, marijuana
and possession is a criminal offe
with daunting consequences. C
side of the boundaries of Ann Ar
carrying just the slightest amour
the popular drug results in expen:
fines and possible jail time. But in
the city limits marijuana laws
much more lenient.
Although federal law char
$1,000 in fines and up to one yea
jail time for first offenses, first-ti
marijuana possession of less t
two ounces is only a civil infrac-
- rather than misdemeanor or fel
- and carries a $25 fine with no
time or probation in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arborboasts some of the n
lax pot laws in the nation, leav
some wondering why.
Local historian Wystan Stes
said it all goes back to the legac
John Sinclair in the late 1960s
early 1970s.
CRIME NOTES
Cell phone
stolen from coat
pocket
WHERE: Chemistry Building
WHEN: Tuesday at about 7 a.m.
WHAT: A male staff member
reported his cell phone sto-
len, the Department of Public
Safety reported. He had left
the phone in his jacket, which
was left unattended in a com-
mon area. The phone was sto-
len sometime between noon
and 3 p.m. Monday. Police
have no suspects.
Student finds
stolen bike
WHERE: Angell Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 5:30
p.m.
WHAT: A male student called
to report that he had found
his missingbike, which was
stolen about two weeks ago,
DPS reported. The man could
not prove he owned thebike so

John Sinclair, a poet and cultural
activist living in Ann Arbor, was
arrested and imprisoned for attempt-
ing to sell two joints to two under-
cover cops in July 1969. Sinclair was
sentenced to ten years in a state pris-
on.
Sinclair's strict punishment pro-
voked the "Free John Now Rally." On
Dec. 10, 1971, John Lennon and Yoko
Onoled upwards of15,000 supporters
to rise against Sinclair's sentence at
Crisler Arena.
Three days after the uproar, the.
Michigan Supreme Court ordered
Sinclair, after just 29 months in jail,
to be released under the claim that
Michigan's marijuana statutes were
unconstitutional and void.
Sinclair also sparked a local tradi-
tion: Hash Bash.
On April 1, 1972, the "first of the
Hash Bashes was held to publicize
Sinclair's plight," Stevens said. "Later

on that year, the Ann Arbor City
Council overrode the state laws, mak-
ing marijuana possession a $5 fine."
Hash Bash has been an annual
event ever since.
In 1990, the fine was raised to $25
after mayor Gerald Jernigan called
the initial law "an embarrassment."
Second offenses carry a $50 fine and
third offenses are $100. No marijuana
offense in Ann Arbor fines more than
$100.
Don't go lighting up just yet,
though. Because the University is a
state institution, much stricter state
laws apply to on-campus offenders.
State law classifies marijuana use as a
misdemeanor punishable with a $100
fine and up to 90 days in jail.
NICOLE WATKINS
Have a campus mystery you want
the Daily to solve? E-mail akroll@
umich.edu.

tyan Sample of Ypsilanti demonstrates for the lecaliza-
tion of medical marijuana on the Diag daring Hash Bash
in 2005. This year marks Hash Bash's 36th pear.

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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

police said they would investi-
gate the matter once he could
prove the bike belonged to him.
Staffer injured
by chemical
WHERE: Couzens Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 3
p.m.
WHAT: A female staff member
was injured when a cleaning
solution splashed in her eye,
DPS reported. After rinsing
her eye with water, the woman
drove herself to the University
Hospital Emergency Room
Banner missing
from South Quad
WHERE: South Quad
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9:45
a.m.
WHAT: A staff member report-
ed a banner stolenbut could not
stay to file a report, DPS report-
ed. Police plan on following up.

MLK Week
opening lecture
WHAT: A lecture by Ter-
rence Roberts, one of the first
nine children to integrate the
Little Rock Public Schools
in 1957.
WHO: Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives
WHEN: Today at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Michigsn Union,
Pendleton Room
Women of color
lunch for staff,
students
WHAT: A free lunch for
minority students and facul-
ty women of color to discuss
tips for managing inter-eth-
nic conflicts
WHO: Counseling and Psy-
chological and the Office of
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
WHEN: Today from 11:30 to
1 p.m.

WHERE: Student Activities
Building, The Career Center,
Room 3200
Ukulele concert
WHAT: A guitar and ukulele
performance by Gerald Ross
WHO: University Health
System
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: Main lobby, first
floor of University Hospital
CORRECTIONS
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that Michigan's new prima-
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Lost photos of Abraham
Lincoln's second inau-
guration were discov-
ered yesterday in the Library
of Congress' archives, CNN
reported. A curator at the
library discovered three slides
which had been mislabled.
This Saturday's dual
track meet between
Michigan and Ohio State
University marks the first time
in 15 years the two squads have
gone head-to-head.
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A sex toy caused a bomb
scare in Sweden yester-
day, The Associated Press
reported. A janitor called
police after he found a hum-
ming package in an apartment
building. After taping off the
area, the bomb squad discov-
ered a battery-operated vibra-
tor inside the box.

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