AUGUSTA, ME - Last week, it was announced by the Yes on 1 campaign, that travel personality and major donor to their campaign, Rick Steves, would be coming to Maine in October to stump in support of Question 1. Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, the No On 1 campaign, believed this presented an excellent opportunity for Mainers to have a high-profile debate on the marijuana legalization ballot initiative. A challenge was issued by the No On 1 campaign, for Mr. Steves to meet national marijuana policy expert Dr. Kevin Sabet in a debate here in Maine. Today, the Yes On 1 campaign informed us that they are declining the debate challenge because "there isn't room" in the schedule to accommodate a debate.
"It is unfortunate that the Yes On 1 campaign will not make the time to provide Mainers with the opportunity for a full debate on Question 1." stated No On 1 campaign director, Scott Gagnon. "This is a major decision before Maine voters and they deserve to have a full debate. A major out-of-state donor should be able to stand up and defend the initiative he is funding before Maine voters. We renew our call for this debate, and hope Mr. Steves will make the time in his schedule."
The No On 1 campaign will be encouraging its supporters to attend Steves' public stump events and ask the tough questions about this initiative.