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Ann Arbor is relatively lenient when it comes to drugs and drug penalties. Marijuana has been decriminalized in the past, and today, being caught only warrants a small fine. Every spring, students and Ann Arbor residents come together on the University lawns to celebrate their annual Hash Bash—a festival of sorts, protesting marijuana laws, among other things.
Although drug laws aren't stringent, this does not mean that all students partake in the drug scene. Students find that although drugs are available, if you want them, you have to seek them out. Alcohol, on the other hand, is prevalent in many social settings. Regardless, there are plenty of people who abstain from drugs and alcohol. Michigan is by no means defined by its drug scene, and ultimately, using drugs is a choice.