Source: By ANGIE HAFLICH [email protected] May 14 2014

 

There was a unique sight on the corner of Pine and Main Streets at Stevens Park Monday. James Stevens, who prefers to call himself 420 Jim, had a table set up where people could sign his petition to legalize pot.

Stevens is on a crusade to collect 100,000 signatures on a petition to legalize pot in the United States.

“It’s a petition to legalize marijuana in the United States of America for 18 and above, recreational use,” Stevens said to a woman identifying herself as Julie Jones of Garden City, as she signed the petition.

Jones supports the legalization of pot for medicinal purposes.

“I would like for it to be legalized here in Garden city because it helps me cope with my anger, my stress, everything, I smoke it for anxiety,” Jones said.

Her friend Shannon Garza, Garden City, also signed the petition.

“I think the pharmaceutical medications, whenever they treat you with one pill, then it causes another side effect, and they have to give you another pill, so you’re taking a pill after pill after pill. But this is a plant, it comes from the ground. It’s an herb, you know, its therapeutic,” Garza said. “This is a little plant, and it has so many benefits. It would help our environment, it would help our air, we could build houses, we could make food, we could have clothing out of it. If it’s just a plant, just an herb, and all it’s going to cause is munchies and sleeping, and it never has killed anyone, why would you not want it?”

Jones and Garza weren’t the only supporters of Stevens’s cause. He said he had about 70 signatures after being in Garden City for less than a day.

Stevens is from Farmington, N.M. and began his trek across the country in March. He plans to stop in small towns across the country as he makes his way to Washington, D.C. and said he stopped counting the total number of signatures he’s gotten.

“I quit counting after 3,000,” he said.

When asked why he stopped in Garden City, Stevens said it was on the way and that people immediately began asking if they could sign his petition, so he set his table up Monday and plans to do the same all day Tuesday, before heading to Dodge City.

Stevens believes alcohol to be more harmful than marijuana.

“I think if back in the day they had gotten rid of alcohol and kept marijuana, it would be a nicer planet right now. I really do,” Stevens said, referencing

Stevens believes alcohol to be more harmful than marijuana.

“I think if back in the day they had gotten rid of alcohol and kept marijuana, it would be a nicer planet right now. I really do,” Stevens said, referencing

two crosses that he has affixed to his RV, one that says, “Alcohol kills,” and the other that says, “Marijuana heals.”

The RV, adorned with marijuana leaves and signatures, was parked on the corner of Pine and Main Streets, next to the table he had set up.

Stevens accepts donations of any amount, but with $5 donations, he gives out a small flag with either a marijuana leaf or the aforementioned crosses on it. A $10 donation buys a T-shirt with the same designs.

“And people who make a donation of any amount can tag the motor home,” he said.

The motor home is almost completely covered in signatures and short sayings from people Stevens has met along his journey.

“I was here, but now I’m not. I went somewhere to smoke some pot. I left my name to prove a point, life’s a bitch without a joint,” read one of the sayings, which Stevens said was his favorite.

Stevens said he got the go-ahead to park his RV from the City of Garden City and went to the police department to let them know his intentions.

“You know, I don’t have drugs for sale, I don’t give samples or nothing. I let them know that I just wanted to do a petition in the park, and they welcomed me to this nice city,” he said.

Stevens has a Facebook page named for his traveling companion, Jack Apoo, a Jack Russell/poodle mix, where he said people can follow him along his journey.

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