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Rick Steves, host of the popular and long-running PBS series Rick Steves’ Europe, has agreed to make a matching donation of $100,000 to the campaign behind Massachusetts’ Question 4 which would legalize cannabis and is up for  a vote this November. Steves’ will also be touring the state in support of Question 4.

Steves, who is also a popular author and known philanthropist, was a key supporter of Washington’s Initiative 502 which was approved by voters in 2012. Back then he toured the state in support of the initiative and made financial contributions, as he plans to do in Massachusetts. He also touted legalization during initiative campaigns in Colorado and Oregon.

“There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana”, says Steves. “Whether you’re concerned about the well-being of children, fairness for our minority communities, redirecting money away from criminals and into our state’s coffers, stemming the horrific bloodshed in Mexico, or civil liberties, it is clearly time for a new approach”.

Below is a schedule of events open to the public and media that Steves will be attending next month:


It’s Time for a Conversation: Rick Steves on why legalization is good citizenship
Sponsored by UMass Campus Cannabis Reform Coalition
Time: 7 P.M.
Location: Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst
Attendees: General public, students, supporters and media


Cannabis Conversation: Rick Steves on legalization and the concerns of families
Event with Women Grow Boston and Moms for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana
Time: 6 P.M.
Location: UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, Boston MA
Attendees: General public, Members of Women Grow, Moms for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana, and media


Rick Steves and the ACLU: Why voters should support Question 4
Opening Remarks from Carol Rose, Executive Director for the ACLU Time: 7 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston – First Floor Function Room

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