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Rick Steves on Tour to Promote Marijuana Initiative

The Edmonds resident and travel guru is well-known for his efforts to legalize marijuana.

European travel expert and Edmonds resident Rick Steves, perhaps the state's best-known proponent of legalizing marijuna, is now stumping for Initiative 502.

From the Washington Secretary of State Web site:

This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Steves, along with special guests, is traveling throughout the state, giving drug policy reform talks in 14 different communities. He will explain why he is co-sponsoring Initiative 502, an effort to legalize, tax, and regulate the sale of marijuana to adults in Washington state.

Drawing from Europe's pragmatic "harm reduction" approach to drug use and abuse, Steves says he believes that I-502 is a sensible "anti-Prohibition" (not "pro-pot") solution.

All events are free and open to the public.

Schedule

  • Olympia, Oct. 12, Picnic on Capitol Campus at Tivoli Fountain Lawn, 416 14th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98504. Noon.
  • Vancouver, Oct. 12, Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St. 7 p.m.
  • Kennewick, Oct. 13, Kennewick Branch, Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 South Union St. Noon.
  • Walla Walla, Oct. 13, Hampton Inn & Suites, Conference Room, 1531 Kelly Pl. 7 p.m.
  • Spokane, Oct. 14, Universalist Unitarian Church, 4340 Ft George Wright Dr. 11 p.m.
  • Spokane, Oct. 14, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W Sprague Ave. 7 p.m.
  • Leavenworth, Oct. 15, Sleeping Lady Resort, Chapel Theater/Salmon Gallery, 7375 Icicle Rd. 7 p.m.
  • Everett, Oct. 16, Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room, 2930 Wetmore Ave. Noon.
  • Bellingham, Oct. 16, Western Washington University, Arntzen Hall, Room 100. 7 p.m.
  • Tacoma, Oct. 17, Pantages Theater Lobby, 901 Broadway. 7 p.m.
  • Seattle, Oct. 18, University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 110, 1410 NE Campus Parkway. 7 p.m.
  • Lynnwood, Oct. 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW. 7 p.m.
FlyingTooLow October 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. At the time, I really had no idea what I had gotten myself into...mine was an offense involving pot...the thought never occurred to me that I may actually spend years in prison for that 'indiscretion.' As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for years. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.

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