AutoplayProve CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideAs a result of smoke swirled into the atmosphere and people puffed on joints, vaporizers and bites, it was almost like a pandemic wasn’t   occurring simultaneously.On Saturday, cannabis recommends hosted a fictitious, in-person Hash Bash event in the University of Michigan’s Diag at Ann Arbor. Even the”official” 50th Hash Bash occasion went virtual the last two decades, but over 300 people still congregated at the university to observe in person.Even the”rogue” Hash Bash comes at a time once the nation reported the highest amount of COVID-19 instances since Dec. 4. Federal officials warned of a potential fourth tide for COVID-19 infections.Adam Brook, also Called Mr. Hash Bash, talks during the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021. Brook said he created a Facebook page and announced the date, time and location for an in-person Hash Bash. More than 800 said they had been attending, as stated by the Facebook page. “We know we can socially space and people can mask up. It was a simple post that blew up into what you see now,” Brook said. “People come out because they know we have some thing to say. It’s a protest and they would like to demonstrate their support and they are here.” More: Caucus Club at Detroit warns diners to groom properly, maybe not smell like bud More: 1 Detroit company keeps getting shut out of bud dealsU-M officials issued a statement saying that, on the one hand, they”always encourage the free speech rights of citizens to gather in public areas”; but on the other, they”don’t condone the use of medication on our campus” and campus authorities would be at the Diag”to provide a safe atmosphere for everyone on the campus, particularly in the middle of a pandemic”Regardless of the continuing warning, the event was overall undisturbed by authorities. Since the event began, different speakers spoke through a bullhorn, while hammering a bag full of vaporized marijuana smoke. Hundreds attended the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of the U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021. Some people chose to attend the in-person Hash Bash due to heritage, with lots of people saying a virtual encounter did not cut it for them. Trevor Goodman, 36, of Ann Arbor said he’s been coming to Hash Bash since he was at the seventh grade, which was in 1995. He explained this day is about freedom and peace. “I have never missed one (Hash Bash). I came down last year if there were seven people outside here,” he explained. “it is a family ritual. My brother passed away a long time ago and this is our thing. I just come down no matter what. Rain, snow or shine, I’m likely to be here”During Saturday, people sat on blankets and took puffs of marijuana from all different types of contraptions. Lots of attendees had been maskless or temporarily took off their masks to smoke. For many people, this is their very first Hash Bash encounter.  Blake Grams, 25, of Big Rapids said they desired to attend the event because”it is important and it is a significant statement for people.”Hundreds attended the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of the U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021. Regardless of the changes that COVID-19 brought to the big occasion, Grams said that they appreciate their very first Hash Bash encounter, and it was”amazing.”For different men and women, they found Hash Bash as a company prospect. Deejayy Quinn, 20, and Brooke Streicher, 22, both hauled from Toledo to market their own art. They said their artwork resonates with all the ideologies and philosophies behind Hash Bash. “Our artwork is primarily about living freely and bud, but it is also about painting everything you wish to paint whatever comes to mind,” Quinn stated. Streicher said Hash Bash is a large gathering of people, so it is an opportunity for like-minded people to see their artwork. Since the rebel Bash began at”large” time, the virtual and official event kicked off simultaneously. Former WJBK-TV anchor Anqunette Sarfoh hosted on the virtual Hash Bash occasion. The livestream included prerecorded clips in Michigan lawmakers such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Democratic U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell of Dearborn, and say Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor.Mimi of Warren Ohio, that has been attending Hash Bash for over 20 years shows off the buttons on her hat throughout the 50th Hash Bash around the Diag of U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021. Cosmic Knot brought the songs, combined with Michigan’s Laith Saadi and Tom Wall. Drag queen and cannabis buff Laganja Estranja, also a renowned competitor in”RuPaul’s Drag Race,” done also.About 130 people tuned in to the occasion. John Sinclair, a first Hash Bash participant in half a century back, talked to the virtual crowd from his sofa. Now that medical and recreational weed has been legalized, Sinclair explained next step would be to”get the police off our backs”The virtual event also included a clip of Michael Thompson’s release this January, after a 26-year imprisonment for a nonviolent cannabis-related charge. Student associations, legal classes and cannabis stores across Michigan were featured in clips, published a consistent message of stopping the war on drugs.Richard Clement of Detroit lighting up a joint because he displays a video of Adam Brook (perhaps not at the photo) also Called Mr. Hash Bash speaking during the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021. This year’s 50th Hash Bash divided people in terms of how they would partake in the occasion. But whether it was virtual or in person, the reason for celebrating Hash Bash was exactly the same: to protest and be able to smoke weed. Free Press staff writer Bill Laitner contributed to this report.  Contact Slone Terranella: STerranella@freepress.com and follow her on Twitter @SloneTerranella.  Support neighborhood journalism here.  Read or Share this narrative: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/04/03/hash-bash-2021-university-of-michigan-diag-marijuana-weed-pot/7068755002/

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As a pummel of smoke swirled into the atmosphere and people puffed on joints, vaporizers and bowls, it was almost like a pandemic wasn’t   occurring simultaneously.

On Saturday, cannabis recommends hosted a fictitious, in-person Hash Bash event in the University of Michigan’s Diag at Ann Arbor. Even the”official” 50th Hash Bash occasion went virtual the last two decades, but over 300 people still congregated at the university to observe in person.

Even the”rogue” Hash Bash comes at a time once the nation reported the highest amount of COVID-19 instances since Dec. 4. Federal officials warned of a potential fourth tide for COVID-19 infections.

Adam Brook, also Called Mr. Hash Bash, talks during the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021.

Brook said he created a Facebook page and announced the date, time and location for an in-person Hash Bash. More than 800 said they had been attending, as stated by the Facebook page. 

“We know we can socially space and people can mask up. It was a simple post that blew up into what you see now,” Brook said. “People come out because they know we have some thing to say. It’s a protest and they would like to demonstrate their support and they are here.” 

More: Caucus Club at Detroit warns diners to groom properly, maybe not smell like bud

More: 1 Detroit company keeps getting shut out of bud deals

U-M officials issued a statement saying that, on the one hand, they”always encourage the free speech rights of citizens to gather in public areas”; but on the other, they”don’t condone the use of drugs on our campus” and campus police would be at the Diag”to provide a safe atmosphere for everyone on the campus, particularly in the middle of a pandemic”

Regardless of the continuing warning, the event was overall undisturbed by authorities. Since the event began, different speakers spoke through a bullhorn, while hammering a bag full of vaporized marijuana smoke. 

Hundreds attended the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of the U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021.

Some people chose to attend the in-person Hash Bash due to heritage, with lots of people saying a virtual encounter did not cut it for them. 

Trevor Goodman, 36, of Ann Arbor said he’s been coming to Hash Bash since he was at the seventh grade, which was in 1995. He explained this day is about freedom and peace. 

“I have never missed one (Hash Bash). I came here this past year when there were seven people outside there,” he explained. “it is a family ritual. My brother passed away a long time ago and this was our thing. I just come down no matter what. Rain, snow or shine, I’m likely to be here”

During Saturday, people sat on blankets and took puffs of marijuana from all different types of contraptions. Lots of attendees had been maskless or temporarily took off their masks to smoke. 

For many people, this is their very first Hash Bash encounter.  Blake Grams, 25, of Big Rapids said they desired to attend the event because”it is important and it is a significant statement for people.”

Regardless of the changes that COVID-19 brought to the big occasion, Grams said that they appreciate their very first Hash Bash encounter, and it was”amazing.”

For different men and women, they found Hash Bash as a company prospect. Deejayy Quinn, 20, and Brooke Streicher, 22, both hauled from Toledo to market their own art. They said their artwork resonates with all the ideologies and philosophies behind Hash Bash. 

“Our artwork is primarily about living freely and bud, but it is also about painting everything you wish to paint whatever comes to mind,” Quinn stated. 

Streicher said Hash Bash is a large gathering of people, so it is an opportunity for like-minded people to see their artwork. 

Since the rebel Bash began at”large” time, the virtual and official event kicked off simultaneously. 

Former WJBK-TV anchor Anqunette Sarfoh hosted on the virtual Hash Bash occasion. The livestream included prerecorded clips in Michigan lawmakers such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Democratic U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell of Dearborn, and say Rep. Yousef Rabhi, D-Ann Arbor.

Cosmic Knot brought the songs, combined with Michigan’s Laith Saadi and Tom Wall. Drag queen and cannabis buff Laganja Estranja, also a renowned competitor in”RuPaul’s Drag Race,” done also.

About 130 people tuned in to the occasion. John Sinclair, a first Hash Bash participant in half a century back, talked to the virtual crowd from his sofa. Now that medical and recreational weed has been legalized, Sinclair explained next step would be to”get the police off our backs”

The virtual event also included a clip of Michael Thompson’s release this January, after a 26-year imprisonment for a nonviolent cannabis-related charge. Student associations, legal classes and cannabis stores across Michigan were featured in clips, published a consistent message of stopping the war on drugs.

Richard Clement of Detroit lighting up a joint because he displays a video of Adam Brook (perhaps not at the photo) also Called Mr. Hash Bash speaking during the 50th Hash Bash on the Diag of U-M central campus at Ann Arbor on April 3, 2021.

This year’s 50th Hash Bash divided people in terms of how they would partake in the occasion. But whether it was virtual or in person, the reason for celebrating Hash Bash was exactly the same: to protest and be able to smoke weed. 

Free Press staff writer Bill Laitner contributed to this report. 

Contact Slone Terranella: STerranella@freepress.com and follow her on Twitter @SloneTerranella. 

Support neighborhood journalism here. 

Read or Share this narrative: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2021/04/03/hash-bash-2021-university-of-michigan-diag-marijuana-weed-pot/7068755002/

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