Rick Steves Advocates for Marijuana Legalization in Illinois

Travel guru Rick Steves has journeyed all over the world, but the host of the PBS travel show “Rick Steves’ Europe” has landed in Chicago for a most unconventional reason: testifying before a legislative panel to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

“Seventy thousand people are arrested for possession of marijuana, not violent crimes. They’re not rich white guys. They’re poor people and they’re black people,” Steves said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

“Legalization simply has been shown to work in other states to improve the quality of the product, reduce the black market and then you can tax and regulate it appropriately,” he said.

Steves joins us on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday evening.

Video: Steves speaks Tuesday at a press conference with state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), the sponsors of a marijuana legalization bill. (Steves begins speaking at the 3:30 mark.) 

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