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

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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.

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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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Raymond Winters with Car Full of Marijuana


Raymond Winters with Car Full of Marijuana
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Ann Arbor Police Department - Detective Sergeant Raymond Winters with 179-pound Marijuana Bust


Ann Arbor Police Department - Detective Sergeant Raymond Winters with 179-pound Marijuana Bust
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Marijuana Plants Checked: Ann Arbor Police Detective Sergeant Raymond Winters looks over some of the 179 pounds of freshly-harvested marijuana plants which were seized by officers from a car yesterday. Police Chief Walter E. Krasny called the haul the largest made in the city. Two men and a woman companion in the car when the marijuana was discovered face criminal charges. Yesterday afternoon detectives burned three bags of the weed in an incinerator in the County Building and the remainder was burned this morning in a University incinerator on the North Campus. A small amount has been retained for the expected court case.
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Police Attempt To Spread Paranoia: 5 Busted on Diag

Ann Arbor Sun, September 5, 1973


Police Attempt To Spread Paranoia: 5 Busted on Diag
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September
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1973

Committee To Free John Sinclair

Ann Arbor Sun, October 29, 1971


Committee To Free John Sinclair
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29
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October
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1971

Dope-o-scope

Ann Arbor Sun, April, 1967


Dope-o-scope
Dope-o-scope
Dope-o-scope
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April
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1967
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No Pot Spotted At Campus Fete




No Pot Spotted At Campus Fete
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2
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April
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1972
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City Promises "Pot Festival" Arrests At U




City Promises "Pot Festival" Arrests At U
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30
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March
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1972
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Pot Law Fog Lifts April 1




Pot Law Fog Lifts April 1
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March
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1972
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Harassment Charged




Harassment Charged
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11
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September
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1973
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