Michigan’s long-running cannabis celebration, Hash Bash, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, organizers announced yesterday. It’s the latest cannabis-centric event to be postponed or canceled as the global illness spreads.
Nick Zettell, the event’s organizer, made the announcement on Facebook, saying the decision was made in accordance with the state’s declared state-of-emergency and the move by the University of Michigan to cancel all events with more than 100 planned attendees.
“This was not an easy decision to make. In fact, it was actually made much easier by the University’s sensible and proactive decision to cancel all events [more than] 100 People. Postponing this event is the correct decision, but it carries an emotional weight for myself, the HB Planning Committee, and all of our participants and attendees.” — Zettell in a March 12 Facebook post
Zettell noted that the organizers have “for years…championed the sick and ailing” and that it was important to the group to “respect the health and safety” of the community and country.
“These risk [sic] are not to be overlooked and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is our responsibility as responsible cannabis users,” Zettell wrote. “This is difficult for all of us, but trust that we are doing the right thing. I have a lot more to say on the matter, and a lot more thinking to do, but believe me when I say this: we will be working very, very hard to make sure the next Hash Bash is the biggest and best ever.”
A new date for the event – which would have been the 49th iteration – has not been announced. It had been scheduled for April 4.
Over the last two weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has led to the postponement of Expo West, CannTech and PsyTech, NoCo Hemp Expo and the Southern Hemp Expo, the conference for the National Cannabis Risk Management Association, NECANN, and Spannabis.
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