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

(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.)

In this March 17, 2010 file photo, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In this March 17, 2010 file photo, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
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