Ann Arbor Didn’t Go to Pot
A place that marijuana activists look to with a gleam in their eyes
Published: May 15, 2013
That may be true. But at least one day each year, Ann Arbor does turn into the site of a giant pot party. That, of course, is during the city’s annual Hash Bash, when a few thousand enthusiasts gather to listen to activists speak — and smoke a lot of pot in public.
City Councilmember Sabra Briere welcomed attendees to Ann Arbor this year and encouraged them to spend money. It seems that the politicians in Ann Arbor have seen the light, which is surprising because politicians seem to be the last ones, next to law enforcement, to come around on this issue.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje is another politician who is enlightened on the subject. In response to the Lansing petition initiative, he told a TV news station, “Our police don’t go looking for this and it just really never rises up to be any sort of an issue for anyone here. Alcohol is one of our biggest problems. Obviously students drink. Adults drink. But perhaps people who are recent adults, maybe they drink a little more to excess, but again marijuana never even enters the conversation.”
So if someone starts telling you that your town will go to hell in a handbag if it decriminalizes weed, point them to Ann Arbor. That’s one hell of an example.
Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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