Rick Steves Talks Campaigning For Cannabis

Steves is hitting the campaign trail with NORML in partnership with the MPP

For one of the world’s foremost frequent travelers, a journal entry written years ago eerily reads, “I’d like to be quarantined from reality.” Rick Steves’ private “High Notes” — an ongoing diary he’s kept for the past four decades — is dedicated to what his mind ponders while high. 

You may be surprised to learn that cannabis is a personal pursuit of the famed guidebook author and PBS personality. Steves, 65, smoked his first joint in Afghanistan in the 1970s and formalized his passion for ending America’s prohibition of the plant in 2013 when he was elected to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ (NORML) board of directors. Prior, Steves was heavily involved in his home state of Washington campaigning for passage of I-502 in 2012. He first spoke out on the subject — albeit anonymously — in the late-1980s on the Seattle’s KIRO-FM. 

Currently serving his third three-year term, Steves is hitting the campaign trail with NORML in partnership with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to mobilize voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota — the states deciding on adult-use legalization ballot initiatives on Election Day. Voters in Mississippi and South Dakota this November will weigh medical marijuana ballot measures.

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