COVID-19 Forces 49th Edition Of Hash Bash To Go Digital

Mar 31, 2020

Jamie Lowell

For nearly half a century now, people from around the nation gather in Ann Arbor on the first Saturday in April to celebrate cannibis culture.  The 49th edition of 'Hash Bash' will be different.  This year, the central-campus Diag on the University of Michigan campus will sit quiet.  The Coronavirus pandemic has forced organizers to present in digitial format. Jamie Lowell is helping lead the effort to take Hash Bash online. He joined WEMU's David Fair to, among other things, explain what that will look like. 


Jamie Lowell at 2019 Hash Bash

Jamie Lowell is a cannabis advocate, activist and entrepreneur who has been working for more sensible laws and approaches to cannabis for well over a decade. His quest began in Ypsilanti, MI, where he co-founded The Third Coast Compassion Center, Michigan’s first cannabis dispensary.

Jamie also co-founded MACC (Michigan Association of Compassion Centers), the first industryassociation in the state.  He is founding member and former Chair for the state chapter of ASA(Americans for Safe Access) and is co-author of the cannabis legalization law, MRTMA (MichiganRegulate and Tax Marijuana Act). Currently, he serves as  Vice President of Field Operations for the Lansing-based Botanical Company and is co-host of cannabis-themed Internet shows, "Planet Green Trees" and "Jazz Cabbage Cafe."  

Hash Bash 2020
Credit Jamie Lowell

Digital broadcast of Hash Bash-2020 Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 12pm, at the following: 

Planet Green Trees TV

Jazz Cabbage Cafe

OFFICIAL DIGITAL HASH BASH PRESS RELEASE:

March 30, 2020: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN- The official digital Hash Bash is coming Saturday, April 4th at High Noon! 

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented gathering on the Diag, but Michigan’s annual cannabis freedoms rally will take place virtually instead.  All of the Hash Bash’s history, tradition, speakers, and music will be available to enjoy from the comfort of one’s home! 

The online event will kick off at 12:00 noon on Saturday April 4. Catch all the action at PlanetGreenTreesTV.com or HypedUpLiveSessions.com.

The virtual Hash Bash will feature many of the same great speakers known to attendees, along with some new voices, including: 

The digital Hash Bash broadcast begins with an introduction by Nick Zettell and will be hosted by Jamie Lowell and the regular Planet Green Trees Radio Show crew, including attorney Michael Komorn, Rick Thompson, and Debra Young.  After the virtual rally, the broadcast will transition into music and comedy, featuring comedian Krissy Kinney and live interviews with well known national acts. 

This broadcast will give special recognition to Mr. Hash Bash, Adam Brook, who emceed the event for 20 years, and is dedicated with gratitude to the legendary John Sinclair, who got it all started 49 years ago! 

The digital Hash Bash event is totally free.  Sponsorship funds will be used to launch the Hash Bash when it is rescheduled later this year.  Sponsors are: Komorn Law, Michigan Cannabis Industries Association, Act Labs, The Botanical Company, Arborside, Om of Medicine, Rudoi Law, Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group, Ancient Extractions, Grow Green MI, Elevation Station, Planet Green Trees, and Jazz Cabbage Cafè Radio Show. 

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu