Attending the Detroit Auto Show? Here's Some Free Weed

Ronnie Schreiber
by Ronnie Schreiber
attending the detroit auto show here s some free weed

The big North American International Auto Show represents hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity. There are displays needed to be built, attractive product specialists to be hired, and Jumbotron screens to be rented. More than 5,000 media members from around the world are credentialed for the show. In the two days of the media preview, busy video and audio production teams work behind the scenes at the press conferences and caterers prepare food for the ravenous auto journos. Besides what goes on inside Cobo Hall, there is also spin-off business from those visiting journalists and others from out of town working the show needed lodging, food and entertainment.

Now a Detroit medical marijuana dispensary, The Clinic on Detroit’s famed Eight Mile Road, is trying to get a portion of that economic activity (and some free publicity too, I’m guessing) by running a special offer for people working at the show.

For the week of January 10-16, if you come to The Clinic and present your NAIAS credentials and a valid Michigan Medical Marihuana card, you’ll get a free gram of cannabis with any donation.

While I’m sure that some of my friends and colleagues in the media will seize this opportunity, the offer is good for all NAIAS credentials, including the tradesmen and women putting up the show and other support staff, product specialists, and people working for the car companies.

If the NAIAS issued you something to hang from your neck that allows you on the floor of Cobo, you qualify for the free weed.

In case you’re visiting the Detroit auto show from outside of Michigan and you’re hoping that a friend with a medical cannabis card will hook you up, journalistic integrity compels me to tell you that the law in Michigan does not allow medical marijuana patients to transfer their medicine to other people. Journalistic integrity also compels me to tell you that judging by the fact that you can see cars full of people waiting near dispensaries, that part of the law is widely ignored.

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Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 08, 2016

    If Ford's hemp idea caught on then our country would really be going to pot. This car would have been eco-friendly because once the car is no longer serviceable then you can smoke it. Ford had a better idea.

  • Xeranar Xeranar on Jan 09, 2016

    Industrial hemp production is a far different animal than medicinal/drug use. The main reason why hemp fell out of favor was petro-plastics were cheap (I mean, DIRT CHEAP) since they used basically the heavier particles while leaving behind the Kerosene/Gasoline for use in fuels. It was a win-win for the auto industry and while they did have some help from congress outlawing it, it was as much social conservatism as corporate interests. Mary Jane isn't the cure all people claim it to be but it should hold a place in the pantheon of treatments we use. As for the return to industrial hemp....sure? We've moved to bioplastics that could benefit from hemp production but it's still isn't going to solve everything. The pie-in-the-sky attitude towards weed is really obnoxious because it isn't that great of a drug but it serves a purpose and should be treated as a tool like any other.

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    • Xeranar Xeranar on Jan 11, 2016

      @RideHeight It serves a purpose but if you listen to the weed oil sellers you would think it cures everything and then some...

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂