Travel Writer Rick Steves to Hold News Conference in Support of Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Illinois

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On Tuesday at 9a, Steves will join Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy to promote their legislation to regulate marijuana for adults; Steves will testify at legislative committee after event.

*** Interview opportunities available 12-6p Tuesday ***

CHICAGO — Travel guru Rick Steves will visit Illinois on Tuesday to advocate for legislation to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it similarly to alcohol. Steves will join Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and House Committee on Public Safety and Appropriations Chairwoman Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) for a news conference on Tuesday morning to discuss why Illinois lawmakers should support regulating and taxing marijuana. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT in the James R. Thompson Center Blue Room on the 15th floor.


Directly following the news conference, Steves will testify across the street at a joint hearing of several committees of the Illinois General Assembly regarding economic opportunities following cannabis legalization. This hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the Michael A. Bilandic Building on the 6th floor in Room C600.

Steves will be also be available for interviews on Tuesday afternoon between noon and 6 p.m. CT. Please contact Chris Lindsey to schedule a conversation.

SB 316 and HB 2353, introduced by Chairwomen Steans and Cassidy, would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults, and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing.

WHAT: News conference featuring travel writer Rick Steves in support of legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use

WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, news conference at 9 a.m. CT, hearing at 10 a.m. CT

Following his testimony, Steves will be available for interviews from 12 to 6 p.m. CTTo guarantee an interview with Rick Steves, please schedule ASAP with Chris Lindsey at [email protected] or 406-540-2323.

WHERE: News conference — James R. Thompson Center, 15th floor, Blue Room, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago; hearing — Michael A. Bilandic Building, 6th Floor, Room C600, 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago

WHO: Rick Steves
Chairwoman Heather Steans
Chairwoman Kelly Cassidy
Chris Lindsey, Marijuana Policy Project
Additional members of the Coalition for a Safer Illinois