Jim Stevens, known as “420 Jim,” spent Tuesday at the Colorado County courthouse, though not for the reason you may assume.
Jim and his dog travel the United States in his motor home, or, as he calls it, the “cannibus,” in an effort to get marijuana legalized in states where possession of marijuana is still illegal.
“I’m getting folks to sign the petition I started to get Congress to change their minds and legalize cannabis. I plan to turn the petition in to Washington April 20,” Jim says.
Jim has traveled to 30 states since starting this quest three years ago.
He says he has attended several veterans’ events and marches through the years as part of his effort to get marijuana legalized nationwide.
“I used to design decals before I started doing this. I’m just one man … and a dog. We go state-to-state, educating and spreading awareness of the benefits of cannabis, marijuana and hemp. They can be used for so many good things, from fuel to medicine, and I think we have to end the 1930s hoax placed on this plant. Cannabis was used in over half of our medications until 1936. I think folks need to remember that we don’t get drunk from a grape – cannabis itself is not bad. Education on what it is – and isn’t – could really change things for so many people,” Jim explains.
Jim mentions the benefits of cannabis use for people struggling to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as one of his top reasons for wanting to see weed legalized.
“I’m not a veteran, but I know several, including my dad. And you don’t have to be a veteran to suffer from PTSD. I’m passionate about helping our veterans, law enforcement and others who have