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, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, is the director of New Approach Oregon, working to effectively implement the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature, before regulatory bodies,and at city councils and county commissions across the state.He was proud to work as Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort and director of the Vote Yes on 91 PAC, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. He also advises cannabis entrepreneurs on how to comply with Oregon's laws and helps organize the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference. Anthony's blogs on are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization. You can see his work here at Weed News as well as MarijuanaPolitics.com.