#7 Ann Arbor Stories: The Legendary Weed Contest of 1975

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May 12, 2016

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The Legendary Weed Contest of 1975 wasn’t just any contest. It was more than just a sweepstakes where the grand prize winner received one full-scale pound of Columbian smoking marijuana. It was a statement. A call to revolution. A brilliant marketing plan hatched during a smoke-filled discussion among the braintrust of the Ann Arbor Sun, looking for a way to increase the paper’s circulation.

Music by Chris Bathgate

Further reading and photos from AADL's Old News:

Contest winners announced
Legendary Weed Contest of 1975 ad
Prosecutor's Effort Fails to Halt Pot Giveaway
Prosecutor in court to halt pot contest

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Rainbow People's Party Reorganizational Meeting, January 3, 1972

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January 3, 1972

Members of the Rainbow People's Party discuss plans for future expansion and organization and plan their future meetings, January 3, 1972

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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers


 

Rainbow People's Party Reorganizational Meeting, December 17, 1971

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December 17, 1971

Members of the Rainbow People's Party discuss perceptions of the Party, the Party's future, and its relationships in the community, December 17, 1971

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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers


 

White Panther Central Committee, April 8, 1970

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April 8, 1970

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Members of the White Panther Central Committee discuss: international issues, racial issues in connection to Bobby Seale, the development of the White Panther Party, terrorism, the necessity of theory in counterculture, Israel, and the development of rock and roll; April 8, 1970

Length: 00:44:20
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White Panther Central Committee, June 1969

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June, 1969

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Members of the White Panther Central Committee discuss the media, the police, and the use of violence in revolutionary culture; June 1969

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Ann Arbor City Council / Genie Plamondon, February 26, 1973

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February 26, 1973

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City Council meeting discussion about the necessity of a community center and the Tribal Council's desire to use buildings set to be demolished; recording of Mitch Ryder endorsing upcoming voter registration marathon; Gene Plamondon discusses charges against Pun Plamondon; discussion of cancellation of voter registration marathon; statement about the Ann Arbor Sun's funding and debt; discussion of the case against Pun Plamondon; February 26, 1973

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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers (Unit III, no. 18)


 

David Sinclair press conference; Commander Cody endorsement; People's Ballroom statement; February 12-14, 1973

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February 12, 1973

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Press conference with David Sinclair about election and Human Rights Party; news clip about developments in Vietnam; Commander Cody's endorsement of David Sinclair; discussion of funds for People's Ballroom repairs; February 12-14, 1973

Length: 00:55:23
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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers (Unit III, no. 17)


 

Free City Council meetings, police harassment, and South University riot / Pun Plamondon; July 1969

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July, 1969

Free City Council meetings, police harassment, and South University riot / Pun Plamondon; July 1969

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Prison Experience: John Sinclair, Syracuse University, February 23, 1972

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February 23, 1972

John Sinclair speaks at Syracuse University about his experience in prison, American counterculture, and his vision for a free society; February 23, 1972

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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers (Unit III, no. 14)


 

Human Rights Party Candidates; Ann Arbor City Council / David Sinclair, Gene Plamondon; January 28 & February 4, 1973

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January 28, 1973

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Human Rights Party candidate speeches and platforms; Ann Arbor City Council meeting, including proposals and questions from audience members; interview about lettuce boycott, January 28 & February 4, 1973

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Repository Information: Bentley Historical Library, John & Leni Sinclair Papers (Unit III, no. 15)


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