Travel guru Rick Steves of PBS fame will tour Massachusetts in support of the state’s ballot question on legalizing marijuana, according to a Sept. 21, 2016, article in Boston Magazine.
If affirmed by Massachusetts voters this November, Question 4 will allow, among other things, adults 21 years of age and older to “possess and cultivate marijuana in limited amounts,” as described by supporters.
Steves has also promised matching donations of $100,000 to the Yes on 4 campaign. He will begin his four-day tour of the state in October.
“There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana,” Steves said in a press release. “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 has been a supporter of marijuana legalization in other states, too. In 2014, he made a 9-stop tour of Oregon on behalf of legalization efforts. He also supported Washington state’s legalization in 2012.
Earlier this year, Steves used Facebook to post a photo of himself holding a wine glass half-filled with cannabis buds. The caption read, “I’m a hardworking, tax-paying, kid-raising, church-going citizen of the United States. And if I work hard all day long and want to go home, smoke a joint, and just stare at the fireplace for three hours—that is my civil liberty.”