PBS Travel Guru Rick Steves — "If I Work Hard All Day Long And Want To Go Home And Relax With A Joint, That Is My Civil Liberty"

Television host, author, and NORML Advisory Board member Rick Steves is arguably one of the most articulate and passionate voices for cannabis legalization. Catch the latest edition of Reason TV to hear why.

“[T]o me, high is a place … and when I want to go there I don’t need the government to give me a passport.”
You can also listen to Rick Steve’s keynote address from the 2009 national NORML conference here.

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  1. I loved all of his comments until he said …”these are poor people, these are black people…” I know he meant no harm, but it was still an ignorant statement. Kept me from sharing it with my FB Wall.
    [Editor’s note: Talk about calling the kettle black…Rick Steves speaks a clear and universal truth that ‘poor people and black people’ are getting screwed disproportionately under Cannabis Prohibition, which they are under every measurable index, and you decide to 1) not share his pro-reform message with your FB community and 2) go to NORML’s webpage to broadcast YOUR own ignorance in denouncing Rick speaking the truth about the effects of the failed policy.
    FYI: Nationwide, for every Caucasian arrested on cannabis-related, nearly four minorities are arrested. In some parts of the country, like NYC, the ratio of minorities to whites arrested on pot charges is an eye popping nine:one!
    America’s jails and prisons are totally dominated by minority inmates…far disproportionate to their numbers in the general population…the American criminal ‘justice’ system has largely and undeniably become a gulag for minorities (mainly there on ‘non-violent’ offenses, which is code for drug-related offenses).
    Why not share this painful, expensive and important truth with your FB friends? Why not thank NORML Advisory Board member Rick Steves for speaking out in favor of cannabis reforms?!]

  2. High!
    my name is kevin, i was born a “germarican” in the mid 1980`s. ive got a dual-citizanship, but lived my whole life in germany with my parents and friends. i just want to say, that the US is like a billion years in head of us considering marijuana to be legal… and i just want to thank all you guys for working so so hard and with all youre heart and soul. if the US people can change this stubborn drug law, then the whole world will follow!!
    Love ya’ll, PEACE!

  3. RE # 5:
    I’m white and when I was ambushed by cops at a NJ turnpike because “they smelled pot” even though I wasn’t using – I was profiled as a white hippie with a pony tail – I wasn’t given any preferential treatment. I was chained like a dog for 3 hours with leg shackles in a cell all by myself and the toilet was too far away for me to use.
    This is what got me active. I hope no one else has to get busted before they take action and GET ACTIVE!!

  4. Anyone in favor of ending the US war on drugs needs to support Ron Paul. He is the only candidate who has openly stated that he would end the war on drugs immediately and has already introduced a bill to end marijuana prohibition. We need Ron Paul to win this fight. Ron Paul 2012!!. Join the revolution!
    [Editor’s note: Yawn…..Ron Paul is not the only current Republican candidate who supports ending Cannabis Prohibition (Gary Johnson does too), and neither man will lead a ‘revolution’ as neither will win the GOP nomination and neither could ever win a general election (let alone against a standing president and his intact political machine).
    One can be in favor of ending the war on drugs too and not believe in political fairy tales…]

  5. Saw it on Cannabis Culture already. ReHash (pun intended) of the Seattle Hempfest. MPP’s got a reHash of the June legislation by Barney Frank and Ron Paul. And, Cannabis Culture has a video of a Dallas police officer for legalization who sounds like a New Yawker, so definitely not a home-grown Dallas policeman.
    If D.C. would only slash the cannabis prohibition budget down to the negative numbers!

  6. have to agree with rick. common sense should make a comeback. prisons filled with potheads doesn’t make sense. for the 2nd time in my life i just lost a job for a dirty random UA, i blame myself cause i know the consequences, but where do u draw the line? im hard working, had been on same job for 3+ years and just got promoted to a lead position 2 months ago. i pay my taxes, take good care of my family, and do my best to be a part of a productive society. why cant i go home at night and take a couple puffs if that’s what makes me happy. worst part is half the people i worked with are drunken idiots who spend most of their partying, and they all still have jobs.

  7. So glad NORML is finally posting less about Medical Marijuana and more about legalization.
    When is the next March? ever?
    [Editor’s note: More than 50,000 people are expected this Saturday at the Boston Freedom Rally. BTW, they will be encouraging MA citizens to vote for an upcoming medical cannabis initiative. If you care….
    If you want to march in the street, rather than complain to NORML, you don’t need permission or direction from a non profit organization in DC, no one is stopping you from marching all you like…]

  8. I like Rick Steves a lot — even more actually since he publicly came out in support of re-legalizing cannabis.
    He may feel it is his civil liberty, but unless he lives in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, or Argentina, OR lives in one of the remaining states in the USA that still has MMJ, he would be breaking state and federal law.
    Free the people! Free the ‘weed’! Re-legalize cannabis & hemp!

  9. I sent this video to my sister in Los Angeles.
    Her reply was “Now you know why I didn’t tell you I was coming to New York last week. You keep sending me this stupid crap, what did you expect??”
    I’m 53, shes 49. She’s Divorced with 2 teen girls……..a nightmare waiting to happen……

  10. Does prohibition stop the use of sacrement? i don’t see where. I’m no lawyer but would’nt they be out of their jurisdiction. This could be used as a pry bar for leverage against prohibition.

  11. # 20 Rick Steeves is like Martin Luther King – an American hero for choosing to REPEATEDLY BREAK UNJUST LAWS.
    The war on pot is a lie. It began with lies. Anyone who sees this and does nothing becomes PART OF THE LIE.
    I did nothing about it from the time I was 13 until I got busted at age 50. Having to go through “the system” and witness all it’s corruption angered me into activity. Up until I decided to get active was nothing more than a hypocrite and a part of the lie.
    Now I will fight for legalization with every ounce of my stregnth or die trying.

  12. Owen , that’s the true American Spirit. I too would rather die on my feet than live on my knees to any of their disfunctional crap.

  13. Way to go Steve! I knew there was a connection as to why I like his shows so much! Wish I could send him a sample of what I grow for my husband.
    I also wish I could take my hubby on one of his tours to Germany before he passes on, thats the one place he said he alway’s wanted to show me.

  14. Steve is so right. Why can’t we go home and light up if that is what we choose to do? I don’t drink alcohol and don’t like supporting the drug industry with anti depressant pills and their wack side effects. I am middle aged with a working husband, two beautiful teenagers on Honor Rolls and in sports. I am a law abiding cititzen in all respects except this. The Government can KMA and take their lies they spread about cannabis with them. I even tell my girls that the Govermnent is lying to them about cannabis when they come home with all the misinformation the schools are giving out to try and scare people. I can decide for myself.

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