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Posted at 4:33 p.m. on June 14, 2013
Legalization activists young and old will fan out across the Capitol on June 17 as part of Federal Marijuana Lobby Day, a pro-pot push poised to include food, booze and pep talks from sympathetic policymakers.
Silver Tour founder Robert Platshorn, a convicted drug trafficker cum reform advocate — “I caught the first kingpin charge for marijuana,” he shared, having served three decades of a whopping 64-year sentence — is bringing busloads of senior citizens who are interested in medical marijuana along for the congressional tour.
An old school pitchman (he listed Vitamix and Ginsu as former clients), Platshorn produced an infomercial-style video about the health benefits of legal pot called, “Should Grandma Smoke Pot?” He’s been airing it in various TV markets for the past several months.
He also does a fair amount of speaking tours but is looking forward to having the group of ailing Americans he’s assembled — a clique set to include retirees from New Jersey, D.C., Colorado, Ohio and Florida — share their stories with elected officials.
Per Platshorn, his people will grab lunch and do some preliminary interviews beginning around 11 a.m. in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria. Then it’s off to canvass congressional offices till 4 p.m.
They’ll regroup in Rayburn B369 and join Students for Sensible Drug Policy for a reception featuring a buffet and open bar.
Platshorn said Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., who also helped secure the room in Rayburn, is scheduled to address the crowd at 4:30 p.m. SSDG supporter and conservative coalition builder Grover Norquist is slotted to give his two cents on getting Big Government to lay off dime bags at 4:45 p.m.
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