Article by Spencer Buell, Boston Daily
Travel show host and author Rick Steves, who in addition to leading PBS viewers on televised tours of Europe has been an advocate for legalizing marijuana, is lending his support to the Yes on 4 campaign in Massachusetts.
Steves will be making a four-day tour through the state in October, hoping to convince voters to approve the ballot question that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state, the campaignannounced Wednesday.
He is also pledging to match donations to the legalization effort with $100,000.
“There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana,” Steves says in a 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.”
The polite adventurer has lent his support and public speaking chops to pro-pot efforts around the country, giving talks, penning op-eds, and giving countless interviews to media in states weighing legalization.