WASHINGTON: Rick Steves, the host of the popular public television series, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” the nationally syndicated radio show, “Travel with Rick Steves” and the author of over 50 books and travel guides, will receive the Dr. Lester Grinspoon Lifetime Achievement Award from HIGH TIMES on Sunday September 8 during the Cannabis Cup in Seattle.
Rick first smoked marijuana in Afghanistan in 1978 and told HIGH TIMES: “Where I really learned to enjoy the experience was in Nepal. I’d get high and eat apple pie hot out of a medieval oven while listening to the Stones, surrounded by travelers from all over the world. And I’d just think, ‘Life is good.'”
During the Reagan-era ‘80s, he advocated for marijuana law reform on local radio shows behind a pseudonym. But in 2003, Rick came fully out of the cannabis closet to support I-75, the initiative that made marijuana the lowest law-enforcement priority in Seattle. He gave keynote speeches at the Seattle Hempfest and at national NORML conventions. He hosted a 30 – minute, infomercial – style video in 2008 entitled, Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation. In 2012, he helped make history as one of the primary sponsors of I-502, the voter initiative that legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Washington State. Fittingly, in 2013, Rick joined the NORML Board of Directors.