The 48th Annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash festival took place April 6, 2019 and was an overwhelming success in the eyes of City Council Members. Big names in Michigan politics attended and spoke at the event.
To kick off the rally a recorded message from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was played, expressing pride that recreational marijuana has been legalized in Michigan. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell made an appearance where she openly admitted to never smoking marijuana to the supportive crowd of marijuana enthusiasts. She followed her confession by stating that she believes recreational marijuana should be legalized and recognizes the shift that has happened in the mindset of people nationwide when it comes to cannabis use. “We have got to change the laws to go with what is happening across America,” Dingell said. “We’ve got to decriminalize marijuana and get people out of jail that are in jail.”
This indicates a clear step forward in the normalization of marijuana use, both medically and recreationally in Michigan. Nearly every level of government was represented at the festival, including First Ward City Council Members, County Commission, State Representative, State Senator, and prepared statements from Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel were also played. City Council Member, Anne Bannister told the attendees that Ann Arbor leaders are examining social-use policies in cities like San Francisco, Denver, and West Hollywood to allow on-site consumption of cannabis at certain establishments. “So stay tuned,” said Bannister.