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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Who’s Behind the Pro-Pot Campaign?

The push to legalize marijuana has gained strength in recent years. In 2012, Colorado and the state of Washington passed pro-pot laws, and several other states are targeted in elections this year. The push towards legalization might appear to spring from a grassroots movement, but the reality is that much of the energy behind the pro-marijuana movement comes from liberal billionaire George Soros, who has poured over $80 million into the campaign to legalize marijuana over the past 20 years. He donates regularly to the pro-pot Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project, and the ACLU. Those groups in turn finance state efforts to get rid of laws that ban pot and punish violators. The state groups pushing legal changes bore innocuous-sounding names such as “A New Approach to Washington” or “Moms and Dads for Marijuana Regulation,” but are in fact supported largely by money from Soros and his fellow leftist billionaire, the late Peter Lewis.

George Soros also finances studies that fool people into accepting his position. The ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance publish research that is used by pro-pot groups in their campaign. One such study that swayed many voters promised Colorado millions in state revenue if it legalized pot. Financing these studies gives pro-pot groups many of their arguments, but it also drowns out the studies that prove the dangers of smoking pot. Even President Obama’s drug czar points out that “young people are getting the wrong message from the medical marijuana legalization campaign.”

Perhaps because of the misinformation, legalization efforts are proceeding full speed. When voters hear the arguments for legalizing pot, they should remember that those arguments are likely brought to them by George Soros.

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