Author Rick Steves Brings Cannabis Advocacy Tour to Vermont Feb 16

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On the heels of Vermont’s historic legislative legalisation vote, Steves will encourage state leaders to take the next step by taxing and regulating cannabis sales

Bestselling guidebook author and public TV travel host Rick Steves, an ardent proponent of marijuana legalization, will complete an East Coast advocacy tour in Vermont this week, with visits to Montpelier and Burlington.

Steves is a long-time advocate for sensible cannabis policy in the United States, serving on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board. He helped his home state of Washington develop its legal cannabis regulations, and in 2016 he advocated for successful legalization initiatives in Massachusetts and Maine.

Steves will be in the state house Thursday Feb. 15 for a news conference with legislators and advocates to encourage Vermont to take the next step by taxing and regulating a commercial cannabis market. The news conference will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Cedar Creek room. He will also meet with legislators and be available for additional media interviews.

On Friday Feb. 16, Steves will speak at a 12:00 p.m. lunch event at Skinny Pancake (Lake Street) on Burlington’s waterfront. This event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating.

Friday’s interactive presentation and audience discussion is co-hosted by Heady Vermont and will be live-streamed on the Heady Vermont Facebook page.

At 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Steves will wrap up his East Coast tour by participating in an interactive Facebook livestream from the Heady Vermont studio in Burlington. This will be live-streamed on the Marijuana Policy Project’s Facebook page.

Steves is inspired by Europe's pragmatic approach to drug policy, with success measured by harm reduction rather than incarceration. Across our nation, people are realizing that legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults reduces its harm to our communities, Steves said.

Steves’ East Coast tour included stops in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey —  where the newly elected governor has said he expects to sign a law legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis within his first 100 days in office.

Steves will be available for media interviews before and after the news conference on Thursday and on Friday morning. To schedule an interview contact Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project.

Here is an article from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald featuring Steves’ 2016 visit to the state.

The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit

Heady Vermont is a community and digital platform dedicated to Vermont’s expanding cannabis culture and policy reform. For information, visit

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00pm