Rick Steves, the popular travel writer and broadcast personality, was in Vancouver Friday night speaking to a standing-room-only audience at the downtown library.
But he wasn't talking about his latest tourist find in Europe. He was explaining why Washington voters should pass the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot.
Steves, 57, retains a boyish animation and a suburban-dad demeanor that makes him an unlikely promoter of anything having to do with the pot culture. And, in fact, that's what makes him such a powerful endorser for I-502, a measure drafted precisely to appeal mainstream voters who may have inhaled in college but have long since moved on.