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Weed Contest Finale The Grass Gets Greener For One Ann Arborite

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It was January 25. the day after the drawing for the SUN's "Win A Pound Of Colombian" Contest. We entered a well-known dormitory at the University of Michigan looking for the room nutnber of the winner whose entry County Commissioner Catlierine McClary had drawn from a bag marked "Grade A Marijuana." Inside had been 5,000 entry blanks. Knock. Knock. "Helio, are you ? Ohyeah: Well,you'e just won a pound of Colombian." Shock. Pandemonium. Screams of joy. "Who me? Impossible. I've never won anything. lt ean't be true." A day later the grand prize, one pound of high-quaiity authentic Colombian smoke, purchased for the hefty (due to limited supply) price of $350.00 was successfully delivered. The SUN can't reveal the winner's name for obvious reasons, but there are a few tantalizing dues we can release. The winner is a U of M student who conspired witli five hallmates to subrnit more than 30 entry blanks to "Win A Pound Of Colombian." Never having seen such a quantity of reefer before, the winner had only begun smoking the stuff a mere two weeks befare. Pictured on this issue 's cover, our winner has no particular plans for the pot, but it can be expected that somehwere on campus at least one dormitory floor will have a heil of a good party. THE GALA DRAWING 11 was lpm on Friday, January 24th as the SUN arrived at Ann Arbor City Hall. birthplace of the first 55 Fine and announced location of the "Win a Pound Of Colombian" drawing. Holding the Grade A gunnysack high.Cathie McClary began picking the winning en tries, starting with fourth prize. Dozens of tv and still cameras clicked, notepads sketched furiously, and tape recorders whirred as reporters pushed microphones into our faces. Cathie pulled out the reefer winner, held it high in her fist then quickly stuck it into her pocket. "Can you teil us the winning name1' Where is the entry from? Won' t you reveal anything ut all'.'" the voices bchind the microphones pleaded. C atine and the SUN representative patiently explained what everyone already knew. Nothing could be revealed since the pólice did nol view the contest in a favorable light and would probably intrude upon the privacy of the winnei I they liad the chance. However.Cathie would later certify the authenticity of the contest by contacting the winner on the phone to confimi the delivery of the goods. The pólice stalked around inside City Hall and brooded. Already handcuffed by the vote of 15,000 pro-S5 Fine readents last April, it was not hard to sense what they would like to do with us. Just before the drawine. a plainclothes cop ture down the Pound of Colombian sign from the wall, claiming it would be -'used as evidence. THE SHORT ARM OF THE LAW At 12:1 Sam, only 45 minutes before the scheduled drawing, the SUN staff was sitting in its office getling ready for the big event. Who should appear but two fiunkies from the Ann Arbor Pólice Department with an order compelling us to appear in court al 1 2:45. a scant 15 minutes before the drawing at City Hall! Judge Ager had tssued a temporary restraining order denianding the SUN show cause why the contest should not be permanently prevented trom taking place. Not entirely caught by surprise, but a bit freaked. we sped off to aliorney David Goldstein's office. He informed us that the papers had been illegally prepared and dehvered. As David ran to the County Building to protest, we took off for City Hall. ' Afterwards. we heard the story behind the summons. The Arm Arbor Pólice had complained to County Prosecutor William (Republican) Delhey, asking if sometliing could be done to stop the contest. According to Delhey, "' bothered seems inherently wrong to do this sort of thing." Pólice ('hief Krasny explained that his department, ■'...didn't get too excitcd about it at first, but everyone else did. so we had to do our thing." So Delhey applied tbr the court order, but flubbed the legal means of delivering it. Discovering the faulty nature of the docuraeats, Judge Ager threw the matter out of court, sdmonishing the prosecutor not to waste court time with trivial mattere while there were murders and rapists to be dealt with. Delhey 's face was red and we were safe for another day. THE MEDIA IS THE MASSAGE The attempt to stop the drawing only fueled the media's interest in the whole af f air, giving the event even wider coverage throughout the state and nation. Of course the media was interested from the start and we made sure to cultívate our relationships with reporters. It wasn't hard, as many of the newspeople who jnterviewed us are themselves reefer-smokers. Sevcral asked us where they could buy lids. or shot the bree.e about current dope prices. They posed us next to a marijuana plant in our office and were clearly sympathetic, as was 90 percent of the resulting coverage. The media's involvement transformed the whole affiar into a rejuvenation o' the legalize marijuana issue and it was cíear tliat many of thc reporters knew it. It also created tremendous publicity tor the SUN. niaking large numbers of people aware of our existenco. The eoverage was a titting close to a con test which firsi carne u mind during a smokefilled discussion on ways to expand the SUN's distribution. The date of t lic drawing fit. too. íanuary 24th being the Stli anniversary ol the mass raid on the tirst firsl "hippy" ncighborhood in Detroit which resulted m Jbhn Sinclair's imprisonment and and t he eventual kwering of Michigan 's marijuana penaltied as unconstitutionally harsh. Our collective thanks to all those who entered or partieipated in the contest. A list of 2nd, 3rd and 4th pn.e winners follows. Particular thanks toCathie McClary. who volunteered to take Perry Bullard's place in certifying the contcst aftër his last-minute refusal. Cathic's participation as au clccted public ofciai added further legitimacy to the move ment to take the pólice entirely out of people's Uves as far as the use ol cannabis sativa is concerned. I et us know what you think about making the "Win A Pound Of Colonibian" Contest an aniTual event. THE WINNERS! 2nd PRIZE - NEW WORLD FILM PASSES Sue Swartz - Ann Arbor Ted Garrett - Hazel Park, Mich. Paul Friedburg - Ann Arbor Elizabeth Wing Spooner - 3rd PRIZE - CUITAR ARMY by John Sinclair Vicky Kreft - Ypsilanti Leigh Anderson - Ann Arbor Sue Valome - Detroit Jerry Gainor - Ypsilanti Van Miller - Ann Arbor Gale B. Ward - Toledo, Ohio Dennis B. Kain - Detroit Raymond Swanson - Ann Arbor Lesbian Nation - Ann Arbor 4th PRIZE - ONE YEAR SUN SUBSCRIPTION & T SHIRT Steve Crofts - Ann Arbor Sarah Mclntosh ■ South Bend, Indiana Byron Burns - Ann Arbor Eddie Harrison - Ann Arbor Hal Rosenblit - Ann Arbor David Herman - Ann Arbor Mike Donovan - Ann Arbor Cam Lasswell - Ann Arbor David Gibbs - Ann Arbor Michael J. Hardy - Lake Ann, Mich. Brian Newick - Ann Arbor Ann Mulhern - Ann Arbor Sandra Byrne - Lapeer, Mich. Richard Masón -Troy, Mich. Torn Campbell - Ann Arbor