Appearing at Ann Arbor’s “Hash Bash,” comedian and counter-culture icon Tommy Chong told the assembled pot enthusiasts that the war on drugs is turning in the direction of legalization of weed, reports John Counts at mlive.com.
“(This) is a protest, but it’s turning into a celebration because we are winning,” the 76-year-old Chong told the crowd of marijuana fans at the annual event. “We are winning the war on drugs.”
Hash Bash, now in its 44th year, is an annual event held on the first Saturday in April, drawing large crowds to the University of Michigan campus demanding decriminalization of marijuana.
On Saturday Chong extolled the virtues of marijuana, saying, “What we’re having here today is a celebration of the greatest plant known to man. All pot use is medical.”
Appearing at the same event, State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) announced he is drafting a bill he plans to introduce into the state legislature that is modeled on Colorado’s state law legalizing marijuana.
“It’s going to be Colorado improved in the Great Lakes state,” Irwin said.
Current Michigan law allows possession of two and one-half ounces of usable medical marijuana, but stops short of allowing state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
During his visit to Michigan, Chong was also given the key to the city of Hazel Park by Mayor Jan Parisi and City Manager Ed Klobucher, a sign of changing times for the comedian who once served a nine-month prison sentence for shipping bongs into Pennsylvania.