On the heels of NORML lobby days making headlines with Representative Dana Rohrabacher’s admission of using a medical marijuana-infused product, NORML is once again pushing for legalization with Rick Steves, a NORML board member, matching donations for Maine’s campaign to tax and regulate cannabis.
It’s decriminalized in Maine, and they have a medical marijuana program. But Steves’ is advocating for a 2016 ballot initiative to end the state’s prohibition of cannabis.
“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,” Steves wrote in a statement to potential donors.
The iconic traveler, known for his average-joe take on traveling around the world, hosts ‘Rick Steves’ Europe’ and is author to dozens of books about exploring the world. Now, his new adventure is taking on cannabis legalization in Maine.
The NORML board member has worked to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult and recreational use in his home state of Washington, and Oregon. “This isn’t about being “soft” or “hard” on drugs,” he wrote, “This is about being smart – and controlling and regulating marijuana the right way.”
The travel host promises to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 for the campaign to get voters out in November. You can donate to further the initiative here.
The initiative aims to tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol and would allow adult 21 years of age and older to:
- Possess a limited amount of marijuana
- Grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes
- Possess the marijuana produced by those plants
According to their website, “the initiative enacts a 10% tax on adult-use marijuana sales, which will be used to implement and enforce regulations. Any remaining funds will be used by the legislature to benefit the citizens of Maine. Medical marijuana sales will not be subjected to the 10% sales tax.”
It would remain illegal to use marijuana in public and towns would have the right to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments. The ballot goes up for vote this coming November in Maine.