The federal government, along with anti-drug groups, would like to paint a portrait for the American public that stoned supporters of the legalized marijuana movement are all saggy-pant thugs and unemployed hippies -- nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact is there are some very wealthy and influential people out there are working the system in an effort to legalize the leaf. People with LOTS of money have swooped in like stoner superheroes and written fat checks so that America can finally be rid of this pesky prohibition business.
One of the largest financial supporters of the marijuana legalization movement is George Soros, the billionaire pro-pot advocate who has donated millions of dollars to ensure weed enthusiast can chief the reefer without being harassed by the police.
“Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good… Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. It also would reduce the crime, violence and corruption associated with drug markets, and the violations of civil liberties and human rights that occur when large numbers of otherwise law-abiding citizens are subject to arrest. Police could focus on serious crime instead,” Soros wrote in a 2010 opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal.
Google billionaire Paul Buchheit has supported some of the same campaigns as Soros, donating more than $100,000 to California’s failed Proposition 19 back in 2010. Facebook forefathers Sean Parker and Dustin Moskovitz, along with Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer also contributed green to legalize weed in California, donating $170,000 and $2 million, respectively.
The Marijuana Policy Project, whose board consists of a laundry list of celebrities like comedian Bill Maher, punk rock legend Jello Biafra, actor Jack Black, and comedian Tommy Chong, were responsible for funding 36 percent of the organization’s funding in 2012, according to the MMP’s financial report. Those donations accounted for 1,312,500 of the foundation’s total 2012 revenue of $3,569,899.
Another organization proving the influence behind the strength of marijuana reform is NORML, a 40-year-old outfit dedicated to changing public opinions of marijuana and legalizing it across the nation. Recently, the group organized a boycott against Kellogg’s when the company decided to sever their endorsement with Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps after photos of the swimmer smoking marijuana came into the public eye. NORML was able to twist the arm of the billion-dollar company and get them to reinstate sponsorships.
Recent reports show that many political candidates are receiving support from weed-friendly contributors. In fact, an article published on OpenSecrets notes that the Marijuana Policy Project “is also the top organization lobbying on the issue, with more than 72 marijuana mentions in filings since 2006,” supporting four senatorial campaigns in 2010 and several Democratic House races.
Your turn! It takes a lot of money to finance a successful campaign, and small donations made to your local pot-friendly political candidates are very important. In fact, just this week, I donated a whopping $4.20 to Bill Levin for Indiana State Representative District 96 in 2014. The figure seemed appropriate.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.