Ann Arbor has very lenient laws regarding the possession of marijuana – a $15 fine first $50 second $100 third (and subsequent) offense -- and is a simple civil infraction rather than a criminal offense, such as misdemeanor or felony. Even so, the campus of the University of Michigan sits upon state property, and so anyone caught with marijuana on any campus location is subject to the more strict state marijuana laws. As this is the case, there is a separate but heavily related event following Hash Bash just off campus known as the Monroe Street Fair, where there is usually a live show accompanying the many street vendors selling extravagant bongs and other paraphernalia, along with a Michigan NORML booth.
The second annual Hash Bash, in 1973, attracted approximately 3,000 participants. That year, state representative Perry Bullard, a proponent of marijuana legalization, attended and smoked marijuana, an act which later earned him criticism from political opponents.
Prominent DSOC member
According to Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee founder and chairman Michael Harrington, the influence of the group is disproportionate to its size because of the positions held by some DSOC members within the Democratic Party.
In 1980 prominent DSOC members included Rep, Ronald Dellums (D-CA); Hilda Mason, D.C. City Council, Harlan Baker, Maine state legislature; Jerry Nadler, New York state legislature, Perry Bullard, Michigan state legislature; Ruth Messinger, New York City Council; Harry Britt, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Patrick Gorman, chairman of the board, Amalgamated Meatcutters; William Winpisinger, president, International Association of Machinists ; Irving Bluestone, vice president, United Auto Workers; Martin Gerber, vice-president, UAW, Sol Stetin, senior vice-president, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers , Joyce Miller, national president, Coalition of Labor Union Women ; Dolores Huerta, vice-president, United Farmworkers, Cleveland Robinson, president, District 65, UAW;Victor Gotbaum, head of District Council 37, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees , New York, Mildred Jeffrey; Victor Reuther; James Farmer; Nat Hentoff; Gloria Steinem; Rosemary Reuther; Harvey Cox and Irving Howe.
DSA Elected Representatives, 1990
- Ron Dellums, US Rep., California
- Major Owens, US Rep., California
- David Dinkins, NY Mayor
- Jim Scheibel, St Paul, Minnesota Mayor
- Ben Nichols, Ithaca (NY) Mayor
- Larry Agran, Irvine (CA) Mayor
- Jim Conn, Santa Monica Mayor
- Niilo Koponen, Alaska State Legislator, Fairbanks
- Beverly Stein, Oregon State Rep., Portland
- Perry Bullard, Michigan State Rep., Lansing
- Babette Josephs, Pennsylvania State Rep., Philadelphia
- Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President
- Harry Britt, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
- Maryann Mahaffey, President, Detroit City Council
- Hilda Mason, Washington DC, City Councilor
- David B. Sullivan, Cambridge (MA) City Councilor
- David Scondras, Boston (MA) City Councilor
- Anne Chandler, Berkeley (CA) City Councilor
- Mildred Jeffrey, Wayne State University (Detroit) Governor
56-year old Perry Bullard, a former Michigan lawmaker who fought tougher obscenity legislation in the early 1990s, died October 15 1998 while engaged in what police described as "an auto-erotic act" involving pornography, rope and other sexual paraphernalia.
"The American public needs to know the danger in pornography," said Bill Johnson, president of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association. "It is our hope that Mr. Bullard's tragic death and the pornography connection will save others from suffering a needless tragedy."
Bullard, a 20-year veteran of the Michigan legislature who left office in 1992, was considered a civil liberties champion by some in the Michigan news media. When a bill to toughen the state's obscenity law was introduced in 1990, it was sent to the Michigan House Judiciary Committee, which Bullard chaired. Bullard then created a "Censorship Subcommittee" to receive testimony on the legislation before voting on it.
- Hash bash Flickr page, accessed Dec. 20, 2010
- Information Digest, September 19, 1980, page 331
- Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1990, page 7
- Former Lawmaker's Death Illustrates Pornography Dangers, 29 October, 1998, By Scott Hogenson CNS Executive Editor