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Rick Steves Criticizes U.S. International Marijuana Policy


rick steves washington i 502I certainly haven’t hid my love for Rick Steves as he helped legalize marijuana in Oregon, on his own dime, by traveling the state and sharing his perspective on cannabis. Steves has quickly become one of our greatest weapons in our fight to legalize marijuana as he is someone with a global perspective and he is respected by older, more conservative people, who are usually less likely to support legalization.

In the lead-up to Rick Steves speaking at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco on February 15th, Sfgate.com’s Smell the Truth blog has been publishing an extensive interview with Steves. In part one of the interview, Steves urged the cannabis industry to invest in reform. In part two, he discussed the fact that America is divided along racial and poverty lines in regard to our marijuana laws. In part three, he touched upon US international policies and the importance of California legalizing marijuana. Per Smell the Truth:

“That’s what got me involved in this — the international laws the US has written that requires all countries to lock up pot smokers or wage trade sanctions against everybody who doesn’t sign this treaty. It’s huge, and a horrible way to be part of the family of nations. It’s embarrassing. That’s going to be falling apart like mad in the next couple of years.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about California. California is among the biggest economic units in the world. When California goes, the US is going to follow I think.

“[The Single Convention] is not good. I think it’s just a matter of time before Congress or the President will have the political balls to say what they really think.”

I encourage everyone to share interviews and stories about Rick Steves. He has already helped sway many voters and he will continue to be very influential. He is a self-made, successful business person that can’t be stereotyped or disparaged. If you can make it to San Francisco in February, you should get tickets to the International Cannabis Business Conference soon as early bird tickets end this Friday. Steves will be sharing the stage with other influential reformers like Dr. Carl Hart, Ethan Nadelmann and Steve DeAngelo.


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  1. Rick is a phenomenal resource for the cannabis community whether it be recreational/ medical. I made a PBS Donation last week specifically because Rick was on Seattle Public television station KCTS, helping them increase donations throughout the Seattle/ Vancouver B.C. viewing area.. If you happen to see Rick in your own area trying to help a worthy cause, and you are in a position to donate, please do so. Rick has done ; and continues to do so much to help end cannabis prohibition. Please know that I have no personal ties to Rick Steve’s, nor his business’ interests, other than I enjoy watching his travel show’s, use his guide books often, and his daypack, I will say, is a must-have while traveling. These alone have gotten me out of more than a few jam’s while solo traveling around Europe. Thanks.

  2. Hemp would blow a very big hole in pot taxes and regulation. Hemp will not be profitable if it has to be guarded like medical/recreational.

    BTW Howard Wooldridge has been working the International angle as well as Congress as a lobbyist for legal cannabis.

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