I love Rick Steves, and so does just about everyone else that I know. We loved watching his travel show and once I got into marijuana activism, that man crush went to a whole new level. Just as Rick Steves has done in the past for other states, Rick is traveling around Massachusetts supporting the marijuana legalization campaign. Rick reaches such a wide audience, many of which may be on the fence about marijuana. That’s why his advocacy and volunteering of his time is so important. I can’t even count the number of people I have convinced to get on the right side of history simply by pointing out to them that Rick Steves is on our side of the fence already. Below is more information about his appearances, via a Massachusetts marijuana legalization campaign’s press release:
Rick Steves, host of the hit PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe” and prominent marijuana policy reform advocate, will donate time and money to the effort to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Massachusetts, the Yes on 4 campaign announced today.
Steves is America’s leading authority on European travel. Next month he will cross Massachusetts on a four-day tour to discuss why voters should support Question 4. Steves has also offered a matching donation of up to $100,000.
Steves was a driving force behind legalization efforts in Washington, Colorado and Oregon.
“There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana. Whether you’re concerned about the well-being of children, fairness for our minority communities, redirecting money away from criminals and into our state’s coffers, stemming the horrific bloodshed in Mexico, or civil liberties, it is clearly time for a new approach,” Steves said.
Below is a schedule of events open to the public and media:
TUESDAY OCTOBER 11
It’s Time for a Conversation: Rick Steves on why legalization is good citizenship
Sponsored by UMass Campus Cannabis Reform Coalition
Time: 7 P.M.
Location: Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst
Attendees: General public, students, supporters and media
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Cannabis Conversation: Rick Steves on legalization and the concerns of families
Event with Women Grow Boston and Moms for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana
Time: 6 P.M.
Location: UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, Boston MA
Attendees: General public, Members of Women Grow, Moms for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana, and media
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13
Rick Steves and the ACLU: Why voters should support Question 4
Opening Remarks from Carol Rose, Executive Director for the ACLU Time: 7 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston – First Floor Function Room
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