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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Man plans walk from Boston to LA to end war on marijuana users

On April 20th, Dan Gervais will start a long walk, "The War on Lies Walk; Boston to LA".

From his website, "On April 20, 2010, I will begin my walk from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA using hemp products for food, clothing and supplies."

I had a moment to prepare for it, an interview with Gervais about the walk.

What's the location and start time in Boston for the War on Lies March?

The starting location is the Harborwalk near the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse at 11:00 a.m., 4/20/2010.

What's your goal for this walk?

I have two main goals for this walk. One is to keep this issue in the minds of voters leading up to the elections in November. The other is to try to inspire more people to take an active role in this fight.

How much have you prepared for this?

Preparing for this has been difficult. Just planning and promoting has been a full-time job. Finding time to train wasn't easy. I actually had to get rid of my car to force myself to walk everywhere I needed to go. I've also had to train my body to survive off less food. That has probably been the hardest thing I've had to do so far.

How does your family and friends feel about it?

My family is very supportive of what I'm doing. My friends on the other hand have had mixed responses. Either they think it's a great idea, or they think it's crazy idea. I'd like to think it's a little of both.

Anything planned big for any cities specifically? I've heard some activists talking about possible civil disobedience in Harford, CT. Have you heard any groups or people organizing around your march?

I haven't really planned any big events. Instead, I'm encouraging local groups to plan demonstrations that correspond with this march. There is one event that I've planned around, and that was the Worldwide Marijuana March. It takes place on May 1st this year which is the day I will be marching through Providence, Rhode Island.

Are you expecting some hecklers or police harassment somewhere along the way?

I expect some level of police harassment, but most of the places I'll be going, the police have better things to do. Hecklers, I couldn't care less about.

I hear you are also working on some non binding MA ballot petitions, is that right? For legalization or medical marijuana and what districts?

I will be gathering signatures for a medical marijuana PPQ.

This is not something I've done before, but it seems like a great way for voters to state their opinion on this subject, so I've agreed to help gather signatures in five districts in Southern Mass. The towns I will be targeting are Southbridge, Millville, Bellingham, Norfolk, and North Attleborough.

Where can people find out more about your walk?

People can find out more at my website;

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