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Rick Steves, Pied Piper of Pot Reform

by Staff


Tags: legalizing marijuana, legalizing pot, ACLU, public opinion campaign, Rick Steves,

Rick StevesLegions of middle-aged women follow travel aficionado Rick Steves’ televised tours through Europe. Now the ACLU of Washington hopes they will follow him in the crusade to legalize marijuana. Last month the ACLU launched an infomercial hosted by Steves about the unjust history and legacy of marijuana law, the Stranger reports. According to station guidelines, the 30-minute show cannot advocate any legal reform, so it urges viewers to visit its website. The ACLU’s target audience is mothers, who are proven to respond to the infomercial format. Among Steves’ credentials for addressing marijuana law, besides his travel-tested appeal to moms, are two teenage children and time spent in Europe, where, Steves says in an ACLU news release, he “learned that more thoughtful approaches can work.” Steves says the United States should follow Europe’s example and treat “drug use as a public health issue instead of building more jails.” 

Lisa Gulya

diane kaufman_1
3/18/2008 3:09:35 PM

Taxpayers are footing the bill for pot-smokers' incarceration. I'd much rather be paying for education or rehab, and not being a party to the misery of jail. It's absurd to penalize people for their bad habits.


don smithies_2
3/18/2008 10:27:25 AM

I am a 73 year old male with years of watching Rick steves behind me and many more years of observing the absurd approach in North America to drugs. It is a public health issue and is misplaced in the criminal system. This flippant coverage probably hides a grudging admiration for anyone who would speak out on this like Steve.


kell brigan_1
3/10/2008 12:16:36 PM

This has got to be the most biased, SEXIST, brain-dead piece of junk reporting I've seen all week. Anybody got a legitimate version without the childish egotism and chic-girls-hate-women misogyny b.s.?