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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
A man traveling across the country promoting the legalization of marijuana brought his message to Iowa Monday, but his location of venue had some people confused.
Beth Shannon's kids participate in swimming lessons every day at Byrnes Park, but Monday there was something unusual parked in the parking lot.
"I was just surprised he was set up at a public pool with all the children around," said Shannon.
James Stevens -- or as he likes to call himself, "420 Jim" -- brought his petition and decorated RV to Waterloo. He says city officials told him to park at Byrnes Park, but at that location he wasn't hitting a lot of adults. He says that's OK.
"Education's the key," said Stevens. "Marijuana can save our planet whether you can smoke it or not, but it's a medical benefit. We can make fuel for our cars. We can make rope. We can make our clothing."
Stevens started his trek across the U.S. March 1 in New Mexico.
He's hoping people will sign his petition and RV in hopes to make recreational use of marijuana legal.
He says Iowa is the seventh state he's visited, making various stops along the way.
"It was kind of like, Martin Luther King had a dream. I literally woke up one morning, scraped off 300-some decals off my motor home, started painting marijuana leaves on it and hit the road with a petition," said Stevens.
Stevens says he doesn't think legalizing marijuana is a state-by-state deal. Instead, he wants it to become legal nationwide and plans to head to President Obama's office.
"I plan on being at the White House in November, and I'd love for Mr. Obama to come down and sign the vehicle that brought the petition," said Stevens.
Stevens made a stop at the capitol building in Des Moines, but said he wasn't able to speak to Gov. Branstad.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
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