Initiative 502, which passed this November and went into effect today, allows for the regulation, licensed sale, and possession of limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 years or older in Washington State. Surprisingly, the law was sponsored by none other than Rick Steves, the affable travel writer and mainstay of public television. And while news outlets are currently focusing on public celebratory smoke-outs, Steves asserts that I-502 was not intended as a "pro-marijuana" law, but rather as an attempt to protect civil liberties and end drug legislation that he sees as an assault on the poor and disenfranchised, what he called "the new Jim Crow."
Rick Steves' Europe airs at 5:30 p.m. on KCET.
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