Wikileaf – Travel Guru Rick Steves’ Hot Tips on Legalizing Pot in Conservative States

“While you may be more likely to associate him with his numerous guidebooks or his eponymous public television show, the bespectacled travel guru Rick Steves is also a passionate advocate of cannabis reform. Steves has served on the board of NORML for fifteen years, championed legalization in his home state of Washington and subsequently stumped diligently (and successfully) for adult-use in Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois and Michigan.

Steves’ work campaigning on behalf of the four states with adult-use legalization on the 2020 ballot – Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota (where residents are also voting on medical marijuana) – pits him against a hefty share of legalization skeptics and opponents. Despite substantial bipartisan support, adult-use legalization remains significantly more favorable among Democrats than Republicans, and with the exception of New Jersey, Trump won all of these states easily in 2016. The hyperpolarization of our current moment forces a question: how do we get legalization over the finish line in a time when we seem so divided?

Building Bridges and Understanding Perspectives

Steves is well-suited to offer some solutions: a longtime champion of the “civil liberty” side of legalization and a veteran debater on cannabis reform, he has extensive insights into what could push skeptics away, and how to pitch them effectively. …”

Read the full article by Max Savage Levenson at Wikileaf

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