Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) took the stage at Seattle Hempfest this weekend and explained his vision for a societal shift on marijuana policy. Kucinich spoke of “mass action” to bring about change in marijuana laws, telling the crowd, “We must become visible en masse if we’re going to bring about the change that we want in society.” Doing so can “bring about new possibilities, and the creative spark that births action can usher in a new world.”


The eight-term congressman cited the Middle East’s recent wave of democratic revolutions, known as the Arab Spring, as well as the civil rights movement and the fight for women’s suffrage in America as examples of “mass action” movements that brought about significant change.


“This is how Gandhi’s march to the sea 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 history of the civil rights movement,” Kucinich said.


Kucinich praised the gathering at Hempfest, saying “The presence we have here today binds us as a community. It empowers us. It strengthens us.”


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Video of Rep. Kucinich’s Hempfest speech: