“This Plant Could Turn The Economy Around” Says Hash Bash Supporter

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – The smoke cloud may have dissipated from above the University of Michigan’s Diag but the feel good vibe is still in the air.

While the 42nd annual Hash Bash was in full swing WWJ’s Kathryn Larson spoke with one man who says he wants to free the weed.

Self-proclaimed weed warrior Richard Clement says ‘free the weed’ and that means a lot to him.

“All grass-roots movements, no pun intended, start from the ground up,” said Clements who was enjoying his time at Hash Bash with friends.


He said legalizing marijuana would create more jobs and the plant could do a lot more.

“This plant could turn this economy around, pay for pensions …” he said.

But before that takes place the hash-basher may light up soon. “Absolutely, tonight – tomorrow.”

Meantime, many who support keeping marijuana illegal, believe if the law changes, it would increase the number of drug users — and make it harder for them to get jobs.

No complaints – no problems this year reported the Ann Arbor police to WWJ.

Held on the first Saturday in April every year Hash Bash began in 1972 with the goal of reforming marijuana laws at the local, state and federal levels.

In Ann Arbor it’s a simple civil infraction to be caught smoking pot rather than a criminal offense.


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