Rick Steves Counters Reefer Madness Prohibitionist Paul LePage


Simply put, Rick Steves is one of the best advocates for cannabis legalization today. Steves articulately explains how ending cannabis prohibition is common sense in a way that appeals to everyday folks, the moderate voters who swing elections. The author and TV show host was just in Maine, speaking to voters about the benefit of passing the Question 1 legalization measure. Famously, Steves has stated that, “I’m a hardworking, tax-paying, kid-raising, church-going citizen of the United States. And if I work hard all day long and want to go home, smoke a joint, and just stare at the fireplace for three hours — that is my civil liberty.”

The author and TV show host was instrumental in legalization campaigns in 2012 and 2014 and he is making his mark in 2016 as well. Steves recently toured Maine bringing facts and reason to a state governed by right-wing blowhard Paul LePage. LePage spouted Reefer Madness nonsense in an effort to defeat Question 1, but I expect that the good folks in Maine will relate more to Mr. Steves than the Reefer Madness prohibitionist Paul LePage.

I was fortunate to see firsthand the impact that Rick had during a statewide tour of Oregon in 2014 as he masterfully explained why citizens should pass Measure 91. It was easy to see that the crowds that Rick Steves attracts are much different than our usual campaign crowds. The world-renowned traveller earned amazing positive media. Oregonians passed legalization by the largest margin of any state, and Rick Steves deserves a lot of credit for that.

I would be very surprised if Maine voters don’t relate much more to the soft-spoken, sensible Steves over the radical rhetoric of Paul LePage. Good luck to the freedom fighters in Maine and a sincere thanks to Rick Steves and everyone working for freedom and equality for the cannabis community this year.

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Anthony Johnson
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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the Political Action Committee responsible for Oregon's Measure 91 cannabis legalization campaign and co-owner of Duff Johnson Consulting. As Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Anthony served on the state's initial Marijuana Advisory Committee and he continues to advocate for sensible policies that decrease unnecessary arrests, protect patients' safe access, and help small businesses. With Duff Johnson Consulting, Anthony helps cannabis farmers, processors, retailers, and ancillary businesses with licensing, compliance, public relations, and marketing. DJC clients include the International Cannabis Business Conference, the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, Cannabliss, Natural Roots, and numerous medical cannabis cultivators that provide free cannabis to patients in need.Anthony co-hosts the Let's Hash It Out podcast, available here on Weed News, at www.letshashitout.blog, Sound Cloud, iTunes, and Stitcher. Anthony's blogs on Weed News are personal and don't necessarily reflect the views of any organization or company.