The Ann Arbor Hash Bash is one of the longest running cannabis legalization rallies and has served as a mainstay of Michigan’s cannabis community for five decades. The first Hash Bash took place on the University of Michigan Diag in 1972 as a protest against the Controlled Substances Act, and the countercultural event and serves as a forum for cannabis users and advocates to speak out against injustices and promote sensible policy reforms.
The 2021 Ann Arbor Hash Bash will be returning this year at High Noon on Saturday, April 3rd as an online, variety-show-style production, free to the public, featuring activists and entertainers from around the state and country. You can tune in via Twitch.
This year’s Hash Bash features a broad range of athletes, entertainers, canna-celebrities and politicians. The Hash Bash’s Master of Ceremonies is beloved former Fox News anchor Anqunette “Q” Sarfoh, but you’ll hear some of Michigan’s most prominent voices in cannabis speaking during the sessions too:
- Governor Gretchen Whitmer
- Attorney General Dana Nessel
- Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
- Senator Jeff Irwin
- Hall of Fame football player Calvin Johnson
- Stanley Cup winner Darren McCarty of the Red Wings
- former Detroit Tiger Joel Zumaya
- Basketball great and cannabis entrepreneur Al Harrington
- Michigan musical royalty Laith Al-Saadi
- Longtime Michigan performer Tom Wall
The event will focus on commemorating accomplishments major and minor but focuses also on the need for federal legalization and repairing the harms inflicted by the drug war. The 2021 Hash Bash Committee is partnering with businesses to make a successful broadcast and benefit two designated Bash charities, the John Sinclair Foundation and the Michigan Cannabis Prisoner Freedom Fund.
There are many decided factors that have contributed to the decision to host Hash Bash virtually this year. Among them are the introduction of Covid-19’s new “Variant of Concern” into Michigan and the fact that it has been identified on U of M’s campus.
“Hash Bash is committed to the advocacy of federal cannabis legalization and to giving cannabis users and patients a voice. We are excited to carry on this tradition with a new and innovative format that our attendees can feel safe attending. For decades we have given cannabis users a voice and an incredible afternoon of entertainment,” said Anqunette Sarfoh, Emcee and medical marijuana patient.
The Hash Bash Livestream will last several hours and begin at the traditional time of High Noon on Saturday, April 3rd. The variety show will include many return speakers including John Sinclair. Entertainment will be provided by notable Michigan musicians such as Laith Al-Saadi and Tom Wall, as well as a performance by cannabis enthusiast and drag queen, Laganja Estranja.
In addition to the aforementioned politicians and celebrities, many notable cannabis activists, personalities, and other drug policy reform organizations will be making an appearance. Among them are Decriminalize Nature A2, Rick Thompson and the Social Revolution, Jazz Cabbage Café, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), The Redemption Foundation, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), West MI Cannabis Guild, Cannabis Caucus of the MI Democratic Party, and more.
“In the interest of public safety, we felt it was our duty to continue, full-steam ahead, with a digital production that can accommodate the needs of the community and continue to educate, activate, protest, and entertain in true keeping with the traditional event.” said longtime organizer, Nick Zettell. “We cannot wait until next year when we can all gather together on the Diag to continue this wonderful tradition safely and confidently.”
For advertising & sponsorship options which start at $420, please contact the Hash Bash Organizing Committee via Nick Zettell at 231-286-7898 or by email