- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says he isn’t worried about the political risks of appearing at a pro-marijuana rally in Ann Arbor this weekend.

Bernero is expected to speak in support of legalizing recreational marijuana Saturday afternoon at the 44th annual Hash Bash on the University of Michigan’s campus. The Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/1MBsviq ) reports the mayor also could discuss the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and how recreational marijuana can improve communities.

Tommy Chong, of the comedic duo “Cheech and Chong,” is scheduled to appear as the keynote speaker.

The pro-marijuana event dates back to the 1970s, when Ann Arbor became one of the first places in the country to decriminalize marijuana with passage of the $5 fine law.

Bernero was the Democratic candidate for governor in 2010.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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