Travel guru Rick Steves wrote an op-ed in support of Oregon's Measure 91 which, if approved by voters in November, would legalize, tax and regulate cannabis in the state. We suggest reading the full op-ed because it's that good, but here are some of the best quotes.
On ending prohibition:
There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana. Whether you want to improve the well-being of children, redirect money away from criminals and into tax revenue for the state or protect civil liberties, it's clearly time for a new approach. Rather than being "hard on drugs" or "soft on drugs," by passing Measure 91, Oregon can finally be smart about drugs.
On Colorado and Washington:
Two years after Colorado and Washington state passed their laws taxing, regulating and legalizing the responsible adult use of marijuana, the Brookings Institute issued a study on how things are progressing. They reported that the fears regarding increased teen use, DUIs, and crime are not materializing and, on balance, taking the crime out of the equation is looking like a smart move.
Well done, Rick. We look forward to getting you down here to California!