Rick Steves, however, stressed during an appearance in Dover Wednesday that he is not pro-pot or pro-drugs. Instead, he wants the state to realize the benefits of what he has seen in places like his home state of Washington: a new industry, a carefully regulated marketplace and a drop in arrests of people - mainly minorities - for possession of marijuana.
Steves spoke prior to a meeting of the General Assembly's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, which released a draft report in preparation for final recommendations likely to come later this month. He is a board member of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
"It's pro - civil liberties, it's anti - racism, it's fiscal responsibility," Steves said, adding that legalized marijuana would thwart a "thriving black market."