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posted by martyb on Sunday September 18 2016, @07:16PM   Printer-friendly
from the buzzkill dept.

Alcohol and painkiller manufacturers, terrified that they might lose market share, are major players in the fight against pot-legalizations ballot initiatives.

The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share.

On the heels of a filing last week that revealed that a synthetic cannabis company is financing the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona comes a new disclosure this week that a beer industry group made one of the largest donations to an organization set up to defeat legalization in Massachusetts.

The Beer Distributors PAC, an affiliate that represents 16 beer-distribution companies in Massachusetts, gave $25,000 to the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, tying it for third place among the largest contributors to the anti-pot organization.

William A. Kelley, the president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts, did not respond to a request for comment, but his organization's decision to oppose legalization is hardly unique in the alcohol industry.

In Arizona, one of the five states with marijuana legalization ballot measures this November, the Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association donated $10,000 to a group opposing legalization. In 2010, the last time California considered marijuana legalization, another alcoholic beverage distribution group provided financing to a law enforcement-backed campaign to defeat legalization.

Source: https://theintercept.com/2016/09/14/beer-pot-ballot/

[Update: The article in The Intercept had two 'links' that lacked any actual URL. An alternative was found for the link to William A. Kelley and replaced. Could not find a link to corroborate the $10,000 donation in Arizona — that link was removed. -Ed.]


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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 18 2016, @08:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 18 2016, @08:14PM (#403501)

    The change that Trump represents is that

    1) he doesn't have the attention span to study policy that can't be explained in two or three sentences.

    2) he doesn't think he needs to hire anybody to make the decisions, because he obviously has better judgement than the so-called experts

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  • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Monday September 19 2016, @06:34AM

    by davester666 (155) on Monday September 19 2016, @06:34AM (#403635)

    1) he doesn't have the attention span to study policy that can't be explained in two or three words.

    ftfy.

    Hell, he didn't even know the basic R abortion policy (he said he wanted to punish the women having abortions, R policy is they are being "taken advantage of" by evil doctors and nurses).

    He thinks that getting his kids to run his businesses is putting them in a blind trust.

    It's kinda sad that he's got so far by just blurting out whatever he thinks the crowd in front of him wants to hear, regardless of what the truth is or whatever his personal beliefs are (beyond "I am great").

    • (Score: 2) by Bogsnoticus on Monday September 19 2016, @07:16AM

      by Bogsnoticus (3982) on Monday September 19 2016, @07:16AM (#403644)

      1) he doesn't have the attention span to study policy that can't be explained in two or three syllables.

      Ftftfy

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      Genius by birth. Evil by choice.
      • (Score: 2) by davester666 on Monday September 19 2016, @07:32AM

        by davester666 (155) on Monday September 19 2016, @07:32AM (#403648)

        and if you use 3 syllables, it's 50/50 whether or not Trump immediately calls you a liar.