The travel guru, Rick Steves, is planning a trip to Massachusetts to campaign for legalizing recreational marijuana. His Bay State tour beings on October 11. The first event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the UMass Amhert campus. The second event will be October 12 at 6 p.m. at the UMass Boston campus.
A third event is scheduled for October 13 at Suffolk University, according to Boston.com. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the ACLU. Steves is matching donations up to $100,000 personally to show support of the ballot measure.
Steves said, “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 also supports the marijuana legalization initiative in Maine. He donated $50,000 this summer to an advocacy group there. He has been involved with other legalization efforts in Oregon and Washington. Washington State is Steves’ home state. He doesn’t consider himself as being “pro-pot.” He is a believer that marijuana is a “soft drug,” in which regulation and taxation like alcohol and tobacco is appropriate.