(The Hill) — Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spoke at Seattle’s “Hempfest” festival this weekend, equating the push for marijuana legalization to the civil rights movement and democratic uprisings in the Middle East.
“Open America! Show yourself! Time for mass action! This is why, and how, recent movements for freedom in Tunisia and Egypt gained momentum,” Kucinich said Saturday. “This is how Gandhi cast off the British Empire. This is how America’s suffragettes gained 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.”
Kucinich went on to advocate “hospitalization, not incarceration” for those with drug problems, and repeatedly invoked King’s “we will overcome” refrain.
“Let your voice once again cause America to march, let your voice once again cause America sing, let your voice once again cause America to seek new freedoms,” he said.