I will match your donation to the Maine Legalization Initiative

I’ve worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon. This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too.

As a NORML Board Member, I am proud to announce that NORML is endorsing this initiative. And to demonstrate my commitment, I am going to match every donation up to $50,000, dollar-for-dollar. This October, I’ll be visiting Maine to speak about the initiative and help build support for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana in the state.

If you donate $50, $100 or even $500, I’ll double it. Click here to make a donation through the campaign website today.

Through my travels in Europe, I’ve learned that pragmatic harm reduction makes much more sense than legislating morality. And I believe in civil liberties. Responsible adults should be able to use marijuana, just as they can use alcohol. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska have demonstrated that it is possible to build a system of marijuana control and regulation that works.

This isn’t about being “soft” or “hard” on drugs. This is about being smart – and controlling and regulating marijuana the right way.

Please consider making a donation today. Together, we can make history in Maine. (And I hope to see you in October!)

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

David Boyer, Campaign Manager, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
207-274-4633, dboyer@regulatemaine.org

Nation’s Oldest Marijuana Policy Organization – and One of Its Most Widely Recognized Board Members – to Throw Support Behind Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maine

In an email announcing NORML’s endorsement, internationally renowned travel writer and television personality Rick Steves said he will match up to $50,000 in contributions to the campaign and visit Maine in October to help promote the ballot measure

PORTLAND, Maine – Internationally renowned travel writer and television personality Rick Steves announced on Wednesday that he and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are throwing their support behind the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Maine. Steves serves on the board of directors for NORML.

In an email announcing NORML’s endorsement to initiative supporters, Steves offered to match every contribution to the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. He also said he plans to visit Maine in October to help promote the ballot measure, which would end marijuana prohibition in Maine and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“Through my travels in Europe, I’ve learned that pragmatic harm reduction makes much more sense than legislating morality,” Steves said in the email. “And I believe in civil liberties. Responsible adults should be able to use marijuana, just as they can use alcohol.

“Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska demonstrate that it is possible to build a system of marijuana control and regulation that works,” he continued. “This isn’t about being ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ on drugs. This is about being smart – and controlling and regulating marijuana the right way.”

Steves actively campaigned in support of the ballot initiatives that successfully ended marijuana prohibition in Oregon in 2014 and his home state of Washington in 2012.

“NORML is pleased to be working with the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and with our colleague Rick Steves, to help ensure that Maine joins the growing list of states to legalize the responsible adult use of marijuana this November,” said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre. “Our board of directors has enthusiastically endorsed this measure and we will continue to work for its passage.”

NORML, founded in 1970, is a national organization with state and local chapters operating throughout the country. It is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized marijuana policy reform organization.

“NORML has spent decades educating the public about marijuana and advocating for sensible marijuana policy reform,” said campaign manager David Boyer. “We are proud to have their support, and we are very grateful for Mr. Steves’ exceptionally generous offer. A lot of celebrities express support for ending marijuana prohibition, but few put their money where their mouth is.”

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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a 2016 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMaine.org.

15 thoughts

  1. Thank you Rick!!! My wife and I love to hear your travel show on our local NPR affiliate WPLN (Nashville) on Sunday mornings before Mass. Yep, we’re Catholic, Social libertarian, Fiscal Conservatives but most importantly definitely pro-cannabis legalization! Many of my fellow veterans will benefit from legalization in Maine, and everywhere. I myself was able to get off of opioid medication for chronic pain through cannabis use, (albeit illegal). Hopefully the citizens of TN will dump Senator Bob Corker in favor of a more pro-cannabis candidate ASAP!!

  2. Done.

    Now I gotta drill you again Rick; When are you going to let us crowdfund Rick Steves Travels Through World Cannabis History?
    What role did Cannabis play in the founding and flourishing of all major religions and civilizations?
    Where are the good venues or iconic destinations for the marijuana connoisseur or the novice traveler? Travel tips from Denver to Amsterdam, Anchorage to Montevideo? You know you need to do this!! We support you Rick!!

    1. Where are those pipes that archeologists have dug up? Which cultures’ pipes and smoking artifacts have been discovered? That Oetzi frozen man they found in the Italian Alps some years back supposedly had cannabis seeds on him. What about those Scythians, hey? Will the Hash & Marihuana Museum in Mokum let you show the painting of Dutch people of the Middle Ages at a table smoking weed?

      I loved the Weediquette episode about cannabis in Congo.

      Anything interesting on dagga in South Africa? Did any of the so-called witch doctors have any use for it?

      Ooh, eeh ooh ah aah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

      1. Man’s best friend:

        Veggie Annie
        Cannabis Canis
        dagga dog
        Hanf Hund
        pot poodle
        riefer retriever

        Please help find more examples if you can, thanks!

  3. Hopefully this helps legalization efforts iin Maine. Will Normal list all ballot initiatives for 2016 anytime soon?

    [Editor’s note: A pro-cannabis law reform initiative ‘vertical’ will be prominently displayed on NORML’s webpage this summer and fall. The states currently in the running for reform initiatives, from west to east: CA (expected to qualify for ballot soon), NV (qualified), AZ (qualified), MI (not yet qualified; could be problem using signatures older than state law usually allows), MA (qualified) and ME (qualified); FL (qualified), MO (qualified) and OH (not yet qualified) will have medical cannabis initiatives.

    It is possible that another state will have a pro-reform ballot measure, but not likely at this junction.]

  4. Are you guys accepting out of state donations, and if so, can my donation be made anonymously?

    Sheldon Adelson that casino mogul sank millions against our mmj campaign here in florida back in 2014. We lost by a VERY narrow margin. Would be nice if our community could band together and help folks in other areas across country.

    Peace, love, and happiness.

    1. Sheldon Adelson is now sinking million into Donald Trump’s campaign and might be distracted this time around. But just look who he is supporting? This Sheldon Adelson is poison for our country, literally.

    2. Hello Florida voter(s),

      Donating out of state brings a special gratification to anyone who has been passionately advocating marijuana legalization. It’s like someone slapped Kevin Sabet or Debbie Washmoney Shultz in the face from out of nowhere for favoring prohibition or Novo Nordisk over decriminalizing Miami Dade so marijuana can treat their opiate epidemic. But You don’t even have to pay out of state to help the cause;


      Tim Canova has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and is running to replace the corrupt head of the DNC in Miami Dade. Even a few dollars from thousands of activists goes a long way; Canova is favourable to descheduling marijuana, (hence Bernie’s endorsement…) Here he is on Reddit talking about Washmoney’s bad policies he opposed;

      TimCanova2016Tim Canova – US House (FL-23)• 130d, 22h
      “Oh, let me count the ways. Only 3 votes? Okay, the ones that come to mind include: (1) her vote to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership; (2) her vote to prevent the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from regulating payday loans and racial discrimination in car loans; and (3) several votes authorizing the federal government to continue its war on drugs (she also opposed Florida’s medical marijuana referendum in 2014; 58.5 percent voted in favor of medical marijuana, but it needed 60 percent to pass).”

      Canova is already on his way to reaching his first million. That’s us doing that, the cooperating community of marijuana consumers; not self-profit interested industry …and that’s pretty cool.

  5. How long does this offer last? I’ll have to see what’s left over after the bills and see if I can scrape something together before its over.

    You know it. If Vermont doesn’t want all that money and wants to spend money on preventing cross-border smuggling, you know, because Canada is legalizing. Hey Vermont prohibitionists, Maine will be doing you and the whole east coast a huge favor by satisfying the demand on the U.S. side to obviate the international smuggling.

    Oh, and Washington, DC: This latest Republican bill to prevent regulation had better never even get out of committee. If it does it deserves to die a quick death of few votes. That’s the green light then to go ahead and regulate.


  6. Thank you, Rick!

    I just donated $100.

    I don’t live in Maine, but the Maine deserves cannabis freedom–as do all adults.

    I have limited money to spare, and it weighed heavy on me whether to give half of it to the California effort or all of it to Maine. I figured I would benefit from Maine, as it’s closer, and I can wait a bunch of pays and give to California later.

    It’s within a reasonable vacation driving distance from Pennsylvania, you know, compared to Pennsylvania to Colorado.

    I just hope that someone keeps coming forward to match donations in other states as we move toward full legalization.

    Thank you also, Mr. Soros. Danke auch, Herr Soros. Meiner Meinung nach hätten wir nicht so viel Fortschritt für die Freiheit ohne Ihre Unterstützung gemacht.

  7. At the point a person exceeds the allowed plant limit the state sets, the proposed law does not protect their freedom, it abuses it.

    To free the weed, it should simply be decriminalized.

    None of us own other people, so setting limits on what people can do with themselves and their own property isn’t a right any of us posess as indviduals or as a collective. The proposes law ignores that inconvenient truth.

    The question isn’t how much weed should a person be allowed to possess or grow. The question should be, why is it anyone’s business but the involved party ?

  8. Here is a recent cannabis tourism “101” guide from Leafly for inspiration:


    Although with two caviats in the article in need of correction;
    1) While I am indeed impressed that Germany recently decriminalized, let’s remember decriminalization is not well regulated legalization. Thete are still fines and possibly jail time to contend with and other countries do not have the resource of Mr. Armentano’s wonderful state-by-state guide for the U.S. on this website. Research never ends. If you think crossing weed through Oklahoma or Nebraska from Colorado is a dangerous proposition, don’t try crossing a seed into Germany from the Netherlands. We don’t even know what’s going to happen to the Eurozone if England “Brexits,” so travel in Europe is not the quick study were used to from Rick Steves Europe. But the London Cannabis Club looks promising; If the British can lighten up with a culinary appetite for cannabis, there may be hope for the Eurozone after all.

    2). Despite the advice of this article from Leafly, do NOT try asking for weed on the streets of Mexico or Colombia. There is still a drug war going on people. A deal can turn bad from one block to the next in Mexico City or Bogotá. México is seriously contemplating importing quality medicinal marijuana from Colorado while the Peña Nieto government maintains prohibition. Until a country is fully regulated and legalized, It’s sick world out there, and there are plenty of cartels that have no second guesses about burning a couple of surfers from Australia looking to score some weed in Sinaloa. Use common sense. Drive your own weed into Mexico and keep it low, just dont bring it back unmetabolized.

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