#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.

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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David Fenton


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Ann Arbor Sun

Ann Arbor Sun, June 25, 1971


Ann Arbor Sun
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25
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June
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1971

Politics To The Pop Stars!

Ann Arbor Sun, July 4, 1970


Politics To The Pop Stars!
Politics To The Pop Stars!
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4
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July
Year: 
1970
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Drive Aimed At New Voters




Drive Aimed At New Voters
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29
Month: 
February
Year: 
1972
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Rainbow Party Endorses Bid Of McGovern




Rainbow Party Endorses Bid Of McGovern
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18
Month: 
April
Year: 
1972
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Free-Sinclair Campaign Stepped Up




Free-Sinclair Campaign Stepped Up
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29
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May
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1971
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Trial Begins In Suit Against Narcotics Team




Trial Begins In Suit Against Narcotics Team
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24
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May
Year: 
1975
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