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Michigan Marijuana Advocate John Sinclair Dies at 82

Photo: Junfu Han ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

DETROIT, April 3, 2024 ~ If there were a godfather of the legal marijuana movement, it would be Detroit area native John Sinclair.

The long-time champion of legalized pot, activist, poet, rocker, and writer died at the age of 82 Tuesday. Born in Davison, Michigan, Sinclair advocated for civil rights and co-founded the anti-racist group, the White Panther Party. An early advocate of the legalization of marijuana, he was arrested for possession of two joints in the late 1960’s and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


April 3, 2024 ~ If there were a godfather to legalize pot in Michigan, it would be John Sinclair. The long-time champion of legalizing marijuana, activist, poet, and writer has died at the age of 82. WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne talks with Guy Gordon, Lloyd Jackson, and Jamie Edmonds in remembrance of his unique life. Photo: Junfu Han ~ USA Today Network

(CONTINUED) Supporters organized a freedom rally in Ann Arbor in 1971, headlined by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The event drew 15,000 people, and three days later, Sinclair was released from prison. Sinclair lived his later years in the Cass Corridor.

He leaves behind two daughters and a granddaughter. Saturday’s 53rd annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor will remember his legacy.