DRAMMEN, Norway, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Rohin Kumar's dream is not a small one. "I want to make Drammen the new California," he says.
Drammen, Kumar's hometown, is a Norwegian city of 63,000 that lies just 27 miles from Oslo. He is trying to make Drammen the focal point for a new movement that will legalize marijuana in Norway.
For the record, marijuana is still illegal in California, although it is one of 14 states to have decriminalized recreational usage. A state referendum to legalize cannabis was defeated in 2010 but, according to published reports, momentum is growing for legalization in the 2016 elections. There are four US states – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – where pot is legal.
"I have a plan," Kumar says. "We'll hold a big music festival in Drammen, featuring big rap stars like Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi, and music names like DJ Dummy and DJ Snoopadelich (Snoop Dogg). We'll use the money to fund a marketing campaign to bring Norway into the 20th century."
The festival will be called @erna_solberg – Legalize it.
In the past, famous rock stars like Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bob Marley have performed in Drammen.
To raise money for this cause, Kumar has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-indian-rastafarai-living-norway-get-weed. He is hoping that marijuana enthusiasts from all over the world will support his cause.
Donations of any amount are welcome. "If everyone contributes just a few dollars," Kumar says, "we can make this happen."
Despite his unbridled optimism, Kumar faces a decidedly uphill struggle. Only three countries (Netherlands, North Korea and Uruguay) have legalized marijuana, although it has been decriminalized in 21 nations and is "tolerated" in many others.
Norway, however, has been very conservative in changing its current drug laws, which include steep fines for marijuana possession and jail time for second-offenders. In a recent poll, 81 percent of Norwegians disapproved of marijuana legalization.
"I think if people in Norway knew the truth about marijuana, they would definitely embrace a change in the current laws," Kumar says. "That's what my project is all about: getting people some real information about the medical benefits of cannabis and dispelling the myths about how dangerous it is."
For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-a-indian-rastafarai-living-norway-get-weed; Kumar's website, instagram.com/rohiin; or his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/rohin.
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