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About Those Entrenched Interests
« on: October 14, 2016, 07:01:48 AM »
Interesting, who is giving money to PREVENT marijuana legalization.

Arizona: Prison Meal Service Donates $80,000 to Anti-Marijuana Campaign

Company is likely concerned legal marijuana will eat into profits.
The campaign aimed at preventing marijuana from being legalized this year in Arizona just received a super sleazy donation from a company that makes its living selling meals to prisons.

Campaign finance records show that Services Group of America, one of the largest food service companies in the United States, recently contributed $80,000 to the weasels working to maintain the prohibitionary standard in the Copper State. The documents, which were initially dug up by Tom Angell over at, suggest the company could be concerned it will have fewer prisoners to feed if voters approve a ballot measure this November to legalize a recreational cannabis trade in Arizona.

Some of the latest statistics show that 88 percent of all marijuana arrests in the United States are for small time possession. If Arizona voters approved Proposition 205 next month, the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana would be legal all across the state – making it no longer necessary for the system to give people a taste of prison food for simply holding a little weed.

Services Group of America’s donation is just the latest to come from the pockets of the usual suspects opposing legalization, who are collectively pooling together millions of dollars for television ads in hopes of stopping Proposition 205 dead in its tracks.

Both the pharmaceutical industry (Insys Therapeutics - $500,000) and the alcohol industry (Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association - $10,000) have invested their fair share of funds to protect the sanctity of their respective bottom line. It makes sense that a company profiting from the imprisonment of others would want to do everything in its power to prevent marijuana from being recognized as a part of the state’s legitimate commerce.

Some of the latest polls show support for Proposition 205 somewhere between 43 and 50 percent, which might not be enough padding to thwart the opposition once they begin bombarding media outlets across the state with advertisements pointing out the supposed perils of legalization.

Barrett Marson, spokesperson for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, says his group is working to raise additional funds to drive Proposition 205 over the edge. Most of the group’s campaign dollars thus far have come from the Marijuana Policy Project as well as the state’s medical marijuana community.

Sadly, marijuana legalization campaigns seem to be struggling this year to raise enough money to run successful campaigns. And they don’t appear to be getting too much help from the cannabis industry.

A recent poll conducted by Marijuana Business Daily shows that a lot of cannabis companies are simply not willing to lend financial support to campaigns aimed at legalizing marijuana. Thirty-seven percent of the executives running marijuana operations said they are “not sure” whether they will donate any money to groups looking to legalize in 2016. Another 20 percent said they had no plans whatsoever to further the cause.
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Re: About Those Entrenched Interests
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2016, 07:31:41 AM »


With 58% of Americans backing legal marijuana usage, you might be wondering why is medical marijuana being kept federally illegal. Well, there are many industries fighting to keep marijuana illegal. As Americans, we are told by the DEA that marijuana is kept illegal for our safety. However, the industries lobbying against marijuana legalization illustrates the legal status of marijuana may be in place to protect pockets rather than people. You might not be surprised by the biggest industries lobbying against legalized marijuana:

Law Enforcement

Police and prisons have been fighting pot legalization for some time. Many marijuana activists believe this is an attempt to keep the war on drugs going. This is because the war on drugs has been a great source of income for law enforcement.

Since marijuana legalization has spread, private prison companies in the US have gone down $2 billion in value. Programs like the DEA’s Cannabis Eradication Program provide local and state cops with large sums of cash for cracking down on drugs like marijuana.

Big Pharma

The pharmaceutical industry has been dropping big bucks to keep cannabis as inaccessible as possible. One company even claimed their donation to help fight marijuana legalization was to protect the safety of children.

What they fail to mention is how marijuana legalization is being linked with a reduction in opioid abuse while children are dying from opioid overdoses across the US.

In states with legalized marijuana, many people suffering from severe pain are choosing cannabis as a pain reliever instead of prescribed medicines. Is Big Pharma scared for our children? Or are they afraid of the fact that in states with medical marijuana, there are 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers prescribed a year?

Alcohol Industry

Drinking alcohol is 114 times more dangerous than smoking weed. With statistics like this surfacing, it’s no wonder why the alcohol industry is one of the biggest contributors to keeping marijuana illegal.

According to a document published by Wikileaks, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America messaged lawmakers to get funding for combatting marijuana’s legalization.

WSWA cited a report on increased drunk driving incidents involving marijuana in Colorado. The study they cited didn’t conclude marijuana was the cause of any fatalities, just that more people involved in vehicular deaths had marijuana in their system.

The Beer Distributors PAC, representative of 16 beer distribution companies in Massachusetts, gave $25,000 to a campaign against marijuana legalization. Arizona Wine and Spirits Association also gave a group fighting legalization in Arizona $10,000.

Final Hit

It’s hard to take reasons these industries are combatting marijuana seriously when they all have something to gain from the further prohibition of cannabis. Now that you know the top 3 opponents of marijuana legalization do you feel surprised? We weren’t. One way to combat the dollars of these three industries is to get out and vote for one of the nine marijuana initiatives on the November ballot.
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