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.
- 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.