The man who goes by the nickname “420 Jim” and is traveling the nation collecting signatures to petition the legalization of marijuana is in Lancaster County.
Jim Stevens, of Farmington, New Mexico, posted up in his RV decked out in decorative pot leaves in the first block of East Chestnut street on Thursday, just one of his many stops in 18 states since he started the journey on March 1.
The 420 in his nickname refers to the common slang term for cannabis use.
Stevens said he will be in the county through Saturday and will post his location on his Facebook page under the name Jack Apoo.
Here’s what we learned about him and his journey to federally legalize marijuana.
How did you get started? Marijuana has never been a narcotic and never will be unless corporate America puts chemicals in it. It’s all about education. We could feed the nation, clothe the nation, fuel the nation. Everyone should read Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.”
Where have you been since your journey started?
New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen?
In Indianapolis, Fountain Square, I was put in the fourth annual art parade. The crowd went nuts when I came around the corner.
What have people said to you?
It’s been wonderful. I’ve seen at least 200 people here today and maybe two people said something negative. I get so many handshakes, and have heard “God bless you” and “about time somebody stands up.”
How many signatures do you have?
I stopped counting months ago. Probably enough to call (marijuana legalization) to vote already.
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