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This year’s Hash Bash was different — the first held since Michiganders voted to legalized recreational marijuana use in November. In a way, it was a return to its roots. The inaugural Hash Bash in 1972 was a celebration of freedom, not a protest, organized following a March 9, 1972, Michigan Supreme Court decision that found the law used to convict activist John Sinclair for possessing two joints was unconstitutional, and the state was briefly without a law prohibiting marijuana. As Sinclair recounted at Saturday’s event at the University of Michigan’s Diag, “We went three weeks without any marijuana law, and believe me, we took full advantage of every minute.” In the following decades, the event has become a call for legalization. This year, a banner that read “LEGALIZE 2018” was spray-painted to read “LEGALIZED 2018,” and with that objective completed, there was certainly a sense of victory. 48th annual Hash Bash marked the dawn of a new era for marijuana in Michigan

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