Profiles in Cannabis: Rick Steves

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator September 4, 2009

    NORML is proud to confirm that best-selling author and television personality Rick Steves will be speaking at the 2009 NORML National Conference in San Francisco, CA.

    Mr. Steves is the host of the popular public television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” and author of over 30 European travel books.  For more than 30 years, he has helped American travelers connect more intimately with Europeans — often for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

    Since joining NORML’s Advisory Board, Rick has been an outspoken advocate for marijuana law reform.  He hosted the recent television program Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation, and has spent countless hours lobbying politicians in his home state of Washington (and elsewhere) about the need to stop arresting responsible adults who consume marijuana.

    “Like most of Europe, I believe marijuana is a soft drug (like alcohol and tobacco), not a hard drug,” he says.

    Like alcohol and tobacco, it should be treated as a health rather than a criminal issue. Crime should only enter the equation if it is abused to the point where innocent people are harmed.”

    He adds: “As a parent helping two children navigate their teen years, and as a travel writer who has seen firsthand how Europe deals with its drug problem, I’ve thought a lot about U.S. drug policy — particularly our criminalization of marijuana.  … The time has come to have an honest discussion about our marijuana laws and their effectiveness. We need to find a policy that is neither ‘hard on drugs’ nor ‘soft on drugs’ — but smart on drugs.”

    Rick says, “Yes we cannabis” and so should you! Meet Rick and hundreds of other like-minded people at NORML’s 38th annual conference, taking place September 24-26 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Francisco. For registration information, please visit: http://www.norml.org/conference.

    More about Rick Steves:

    New York Times: Fresh Ideas for a Tired Crusade

    Seattle Post Intelligencer: We need to get smart about marijuana

    Listen to Rick Steves deliver the keynote speech at NORML’s 2005 national conference

    Listen to Rick Steves interviews on the NORML Daily Audio Stash here and here and read more Rick Steves posts on the Stash Blog.

    23 responses to “Profiles in Cannabis: Rick Steves”

    1. Chrokee Fred Jesus says:

      Thanks Rick for telling the truth. Now if we could only get our representatives off their addiction to the millions paid to them. The laws against cannabis are the only things to fear. Now we have a total industry built around making slaves of the back bone of America…


    2. white owl says:

      Wow! It is great to see Rick Steves down for the cause.

    3. kevin says:

      When will they realize that prohibition does not work because the people dont want it?

    4. General-Jake says:

      Wow i dig this cat. I think ive even seen his show before i was a toker. More soldiers in the fight for truth!….OH yeah you ppl hear about the pastor who was shot in an apparent drug sting? Yeah they killed him… and didnt find any drugs. It was in Toccoa Georgia. Not sure if the drugs in question were weed tho.

      [Russ responds: The sting was for a woman who had been given a ride by the pastor. She was charged with cocaine possession. No drugs found on pastor. Video of the incident and story at the Stash.]

    5. I’m listening to the radio , a Station out of San Francisco , Ca. the other day when i hear a ” Mom ‘ telling her son that they are going to be ” drug testing ” at school and she proceeds to ask her son if he has ever tried , marijuana ? Immediately after asking about marijuana she says , cocaine , heroin , speedballs , etc . Whoever put out ( Drug Companies probally or Alcohol Companies ) this ad is trying to deceive you the public into believing marijuana is exactly like other hard drugs .This is another example of what The Drug , Alcohol and Tobacco companies do is mislead the people for their own financial greed . Not for their honesty .They don’t want you using marijuana . They want you to use their DEADLY , addictive drugs instead .

      [Paul Armentano responds: I believe that the ad in question is actually paid for by the Church of Scientology.]

    6. Vladimr says:

      Awesome! It just keeps gettin better an better! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

    7. steveyboy says:

      Hey norml, How about next year ya choose somewhere that really needs it like orlando ?

    8. REBEL WITH A CAUSE [CA-GD] says:

      Every time…I mean every time…I see a commercial for a certain pharmaceutical, any pharmaceutical, I hear their “disclaimer.” What they are really saying, and what I’m really hearing is, Taking a pharmaceutical drug is like playing Russian Roulette.”

      What really makes me see red flags, and kindles the flames of anger within me is that they are “TRYING TO GET TO ME BEFORE MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBES IT.” They end run the doctor! They should be selling the doctor on its advantages, not the public. It’s “no wonder” why they support cannabis prohibition. Pfizer sure got their wings clipped! So should they all. Of course…we all know the ramifications of alcohol and tobacco. They all have to have loose screws to knock cannabis, especially after the government has announced that the Big Three are more dangerous than cannabis.

    9. Nick says:

      Nice, im glad that he joind up with norml… i also liked his TV Talk show that he did on marijuana, hes a very smart guy nd a good person who has a heart to bring the truth out to everyone =)

    10. pass ab 390 says:

      rick steves has been a trooper for the cause for a long time now… thank you for your common sense on marijuana legalization. president obama needs to listen to people like rick instead of those drug czars and other phoneys in washington. i can’t wait for the day when we won’t need this site anymore to reply about pot legalization it’s such a waste of time!!