Hash Bash attendees protest for legalization of marijuana

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Marijuana advocates have been working toward legalization in Michigan since the first Hash Bash in 1972.

This year, nearly 10,000 people assembled for the 45th Hash Bash in Ann Arbor to support the legalization of marijuana

University of Michigan freshman Sydney Baranski attended the April 1 event.

“Hash Bash is like a magical day where, for whatever reason, all uses of marijuana seem to be legal,” Baranski said. “People smoke, sell and listen to the speakers they have, talk about how we should legalize marijuana.”

Hash Bash is held on the first Saturday of April at the University of Michigan Diag. The goal of the event is to reform federal, state and local marijuana laws.

According to federal law, marijuana use and possession is illegal. The law in Michigan also makes usage illegal, however, Michigan state law allows approved patients to use marijuana medicinally and local laws vary.

MI Legalize, a nonprofit organization in East Lansing, is still trying to achieve its goal of marijuana legalization in Michigan, despite their petition being turned down in 2016.

The organization is working on legalization in 2018.

According to MI Legalize, the organization submitted more than 350,000 signatures in June, 2016, to allow voters to decide whether marijuana should be legalized.

“In a legally questionable move by Michigan’s Bureau of Elections, roughly half of the signatures submitted were not counted,” its website reads. “The right to vote for marijuana in 2016 was stolen from Michiganders.”

“Personally, I do not smoke, but I have many friends and close family members who do,” Baranski said.

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She said marijuana should be legalized.

“There are a lot of therapeutic uses from it,” she said. “Marijuana can be used safely and in moderation.”

Cara Ludlow, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs specialist at Olin Health Center, said there are also many risks.

“The United States Food and Drug Administration has not approved the marijuana plant as medicine and it does not recognize it as a medication,” said Ludlow. “There is so much that we don’t know about this plant and we have not figured out yet if the health benefits of using marijuana outweigh the health risks.”

“The U.S.has not conducted enough large-scale research or clinical trials on the marijuana plant as a whole, to determine if the benefits of the whole plant use outweigh the risks,” Ludlow said.

She said that the risks include short-term effects such as changes in mood or impaired functioning. Risks also include long-term effects such as depression, anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations.

3 thoughts on “Hash Bash attendees protest for legalization of marijuana

  1. Not studied long enough, she claims? Does she know Marijuana is
    perhaps the most studied therapeutic substance on Earth? It’s true:

    “Despitethe US government’s nearly century-long prohibition of the plant,
    cannabis is nonetheless one of the most investigated therapeutically
    active substances in history. To date, there are over 20,000 published
    studies or reviews in the scientific literature referencing the cannabis
    plant and its cannabinoids, nearly half of which were published within
    the last five years according to a keyword search on PubMed Central, the
    US government repository for peer-reviewed scientific research. Over
    1,450 peer-reviewed papers were published in 2013 alone. (By contrast, a
    keyword search of “hydrocodone,” a commonly prescribed painkiller,
    yields just over 600 total references in the entire body of available
    scientific literature.)”


    Let’s Open Our Eyes, End The Lies, and Legalize Nationwide!

    • Nobody can deny the Medical effectiveness of Medical Marijuana.

      When a loved one is wasting away unable to eat due to Chemotherapy, AIDS Wasting Syndrome, or Multiple Sclerosis, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

      Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

      Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

      Support Medical Marijuana Now!

      Below is a small sampling of quotes and a list of just a few of the many Professional Medical Organizations Worldwide that attest to Medical Marijuana’s effectiveness and Support Legal Access to and Use of Medical Marijuana.

      Along with the almost thirty U.S states that have already legalized medical marijuana.

      Are they ALL wrong?

      “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

      “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

      “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

      “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

      “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

      “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

      “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

      International and National Organizations

      AIDS Action Council
      AIDS Treatment News
      American Academy of Family Physicians
      American Medical Student Association
      American Nurses Association
      American Preventive Medical Association
      American Public Health Association
      American Society of Addiction Medicine
      Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom)
      Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) Limited
      Australian National Task Force on Cannabis
      Belgian Ministry of Health
      British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
      British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (Second Report)
      British Medical Association
      Canadian AIDS Society
      Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs
      Dr. Dean Edell (surgeon and nationally syndicated radio host)
      French Ministry of Health
      Health Canada
      Kaiser Permanente
      Lymphoma Foundation of America
      The Montel Williams MS Foundation
      Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada)
      The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom)
      National Academy of Sciences Institute Of Medicine (IOM)
      National Association for Public Health Policy
      National Nurses Society on Addictions
      Netherlands Ministry of Health
      New England Journal of Medicine
      New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
      Dr. Andrew Weil (nationally recognized professor of internal medicine and founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council)

      State and Local Organizations

      Alaska Nurses Association
      Being Alive: People With HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA)
      California Academy of Family Physicians
      California Nurses Association
      California Pharmacists Association
      Colorado Nurses Association
      Connecticut Nurses Association
      Florida Governor’s Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS
      Florida Medical Association
      Hawaii Nurses Association
      Illinois Nurses Association
      Life Extension Foundation
      Medical Society of the State of New York
      Mississippi Nurses Association
      New Jersey State Nurses Association
      New Mexico Medical Society
      New Mexico Nurses Association
      New York County Medical Society
      New York State Nurses Association
      North Carolina Nurses Association
      Rhode Island Medical Society
      Rhode Island State Nurses Association
      San Francisco Mayor’s Summit on AIDS and HIV
      San Francisco Medical Society
      Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee
      Virginia Nurses Association
      Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)
      Wisconsin Nurses Association

      Additional AIDS Organizations

      The following organizations are signatories to a February 17, 1999 letter to the US Department of Health petitioning the federal government to “make marijuana legally available … to people living with AIDS.”

      AIDS Action Council
      AIDS Foundation of Chicago
      AIDS National Interfaith Network (Washington, DC)
      AIDS Project Arizona
      AIDS Project Los Angeles
      Being Alive: People with HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA)
      Boulder County AIDS Project (Boulder, CO)
      Colorado AIDS Project
      Center for AIDS Services (Oakland, CA)
      Health Force: Women and Men Against AIDS (New York, NY)
      Latino Commission on AIDS
      Mobilization Against AIDS (San Francisco, CA)
      Mothers Voices to End AIDS (New York, NY)
      National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Association
      National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
      Northwest AIDS Foundation
      People of Color Against AIDS Network (Seattle, WA)
      San Francisco AIDS Foundation
      Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)

      Other Health Organizations

      The following organizations are signatories to a June 2001 letter to the US Department of Health petitioning the federal government to “allow people suffering from serious illnesses … to apply to the federal government for special permission to use marijuana to treat their symptoms.”

      Addiction Treatment Alternatives
      AIDS Treatment Initiatives (Atlanta, GA)
      American Public Health Association
      American Preventive Medical Association
      Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (San Francisco, CA)
      California Legislative Council for Older Americans
      California Nurses Association
      California Pharmacists Association
      Embrace Life (Santa Cruz, CA)
      Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
      Hawaii Nurses Association
      Hepatitis C Action and Advisory Coalition
      Life Extension Foundation
      Maine AIDS Alliance
      Minnesota Nurses Association
      Mississippi Nurses Association
      National Association of People with AIDS
      National Association for Public Health Policy
      National Women’s Health Network
      Nebraska AIDS Project
      New Mexico Nurses Association
      New York City AIDS Housing Network
      New York State Nurses Association Ohio Patient Network Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information Services (Fort Walton, FL)
      Physicians for Social Responsibility – Oregon
      San Francisco AIDS Foundation
      Virginia Nurses Association
      Wisconsin Nurses Association

      Health Organizations Supporting Medical Marijuana Research

      International and National Organizations

      American Cancer Society
      American Medical Association
      British Medical Journal
      California Medical Association
      California Society on Addiction Medicine
      Congress of Nursing Practice
      Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
      Jamaican National Commission on Ganja
      National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana
      Texas Medical Association
      Vermont Medical Society
      Wisconsin State Medical Society

      • Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.

        So please, all prohibitionists, we beg you, give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

        Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it’s obviously defective.

        The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for medical marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing sick patients and senior citizens in pain for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than daily handfuls of deadly, toxic, man-made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals.

        If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

        Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

        Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.