John Sinclair Once Again Calls for Legalization of Marijuana
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 6 (UPI) — Noted poet John Sinclair, speaking at the annual Hash Bash at the University of Michigan, called for the legalization of marijuana.
While the annual pro-marijuana event on the university was minimized to a mere half-hour this year due to a conflict with another student group’s program, Sinclair used that time to promote the drug’s legalization, The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News reported Saturday.
"People want drugs," Sinclair told the assembled crowd of as many as 2,000 students. "They want to get high … Because it’s all good."
Sinclair gained notoriety at the university for a 1971 "Free John Sinclair" rally held on campus following a marijuana conviction by the poet. He was immortalized in the John Lennon song, "John Sinclair". Sinclair is also noted as being the manager for the breakthru band, MC5.
The newspaper said there was one arrest for disorderly conduct and no tickets were issued for marijuana use during this year’s gathering.