Kucinich Invokes Gandhi, Tunisia at Marijuana Rally
Ohio Congressman encourages marijuana activists
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2011 10:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – On Saturday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich gave a rousing speech at … Hempfest. “Open up, America! Show yourself! Time for mass action! This is why, and how, recent movements for freedom in Tunisia and Egypt gained momentum,” he urged marijuana activists. “This is how Gandhi cast off the British Empire. This is how America’s suffragettes ended up getting for women the right to vote. This is how Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington became a pivotal moment in the civil rights history of this country.”

The Ohio Congressman’s appearance at the annual Seattle gathering is one of many appearances he’s been making in Washington state recently, the Raw Story reports. Kucinich is expected to lose his seat after a redistricting effort by Republicans in his home state, and will likely run for office in a liberal Washington district. (Worth noting: Famous pot-lover Willie Nelson is a Kucinich fan.)

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fractal
Aug 23, 2011 12:18 AM CDT
I think Obama is going to legalize weed during his second term, when he doesn't have to worry about votes anymore. He knows the truth, and he knows what the law has done to his sub-culture. This is what he will REALLY be remembered for...
tangeri
Aug 22, 2011 8:25 PM CDT
He said earlier he'd stay in Cleveland, in the district right next to his current one. Cleveland's west side will miss him if he goes.
pjml
Aug 22, 2011 1:18 PM CDT
After living in MD in the 70's as a teenager I remember getting an "A" in impromptu question in speech class where you had to plead a case whether to legalize marijuana or outlaw it. My answer was very simple and still applies today in my opinion...I am in favor of legalizing marijuana. By accomplishing this we would be making sure that it was grown properly and clean/organic without the dangerous fillers and enhancers as it is now (back then Montgomery county was no.1 for the worst for PCP use in nation and used as an enhancer). It seems to me that there are politicians involved on a money making level to keep it illegal because if it were to become legal it would have such a FINANCIAL BURST of help to our economy and would only be common sense. This would also crush many of the drug dealers making it easier to jail the right people and allowing the common people to be able to carry on a regular life comparative to that of having alcohol, with the same consequences of overuse. How can any honest politician argue this point? Especially when it has such an impact on the medical community as well. Which of, I now am one of the people who live in extreme pain 24/7 and live in a state that has the Democrat in Power so the Republican opposition makes everything impossible!! I do not smoke pot but God knows I pray that this country comes to their senses and changes this situation so I will be able to go natural and without as much pain.