Create a John Sinclair Day in Ann Arbor

Create a John Sinclair Day in Ann Arbor

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Rick Thompson started this petition to Ann Arbor City Council

We would like the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to declare the first Saturday in April as "John Sinclair Day" in the city. 

John Sinclair is possibly the most famous cannabis activist in US history. Much of Sinclair's early history as a rock-and-roll promoter and counterculture figure were centered around activities in Ann Arbor. He was caught in possession of two joints and was given a ten year jail sentence. Sinclair's plight inspired John Lennon of The Beatles to write a song in his name, and he performed that song during a concert for Sinclair at Crisler Arena alongside Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and many others. 

Legal action on Sinclair's behalf led to a Michigan Supreme Court decision which overturned not just Mr. Sinclair's case, but nullified all cannabis criminality in Michigan at the time. Sinclair and many others were freed from jail; several months later the legislature re-criminalized possession, sale and use of cannabis in the Great Lakes State. 

Since then, Sinclair has remained a figure in pro-cannabis activities in the USA and in Europe. The first Saturday in April is the date of the annual Hash Bash rally and Monroe Street Fair celebration in Ann Arbor; the two are world famous and are celebrations of the cannabis culture and lifestyle. Mr. Sinclair has been featured regularly at these events for many years and is frequently cited as the man without whom none of our progress would have been possible. 

Declaring John Sinclair Day in Ann Arbor will perform two purposes. First and foremost, it will cement the man's legacy while providing an annual reason to look back and appreciate the difficult journey cannabis law reform has taken. Second, it will provide additional emphasis on the positive role that the celebrations of the day and the presence of the industry has on the city of Ann Arbor. 

This petition is intended to be presented to city officials when the proposal is formally made. Residents of the city, Michiganders, Americans and interested parties worldwide should sign the petition and if possible, indicate where you are from. 

 

 

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