Sheldon Adelson Donates Big to Anti-Medical Marijuana Group

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UPDATE: As the November elections near, Sheldon Adelson has dug even deeper into his never-ending pockets and donated another $1.5 million to the Drug Free Florida campaign.

Big-money casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has jumped into the anti-medical marijuana fray by opening his deep wallet and donating $2.5 million to the Drug Free Florida campaign, the group looking to derail Florida's Amendment 2 initiative.

Adelson has made a name for himself as one of the biggest donors to conservative movements and campaigns over the years and is widely known for his anti-Palestine stance. He once suggested that the U.S. should drop an "atomic weapon... in the middle of the [Negev]" and that the Palestinians are an "invented people."

See also: South Florida Millionaire Irving Moskowitz's Millions Thwart Middle East Peace

Adelson also donated $250,000 to a PAC that supported Gov. Rick Scott in 2012. But Adelson pulled his support after Scott began negotiating the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe.

With a net worth of $37 billion, the 80-year-old Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which runs the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Adelson has donated $5 million to the conservative super-PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, as well as to the Republican National Committee.

And now the billionaire has decided to open his checkbook for Drug Free Florida, the chief anti-medical marijuana group that has teamed up with the Florida Sheriffs Association in an attempt to try to get voters to punch "no" on 2 in November.

Drug Free Florida is chaired by Carlton Turner, Ronald Reagan's former drug czar, who once said that marijuana leads to homosexuality and AIDS.

Adelson, who has funded drug addiction clinics in Nevada and Israel, believes pot to be a gateway drug and is looking to influence the race against the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida.

Adelson also represents the foil to pro-medical marijuana advocates, United for Care, who is backed by John Morgan, an Orlando-based attorney who has thrown in $4 million of his own money to get Amendment 2 pushed through.

Morgan's father and brother had suffered from cancer and injuries and found relief in marijuana for medicinal purposes. So for Morgan, as it is with many who are advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana, it's been a personal issue.

Morgan is chairman for United for Care.

On Tuesday afternoon, the group sent an email to supporters asking for donations in response to Adelman's big check to the anti-medical marijuana campaign.

"This new development means we're going to have an even better funded opposition than we thought," United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara wrote. "And we need to raise a lot more money to stay competitive on the airways, online, and at the door."

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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

medical marijuana is thriving in Sheldon's home state of Nevada, lol

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

nothing christian conservatives hate more then gays and marijuana  

gstoikos
gstoikos

Sheldon Adelson has his head so far up Rick Scott's ass so he can get ok to gambling and Casinos and organized crime spread across Florida - SAY NO TO GAMBLING in FLORIDA. We don't this type of crime to spread. This will increase robberies, muggings, murders and crime in general across FLORIDA. and these guys think MEDICAL Marijuana will be a problem. "Wait and see when this guy hangs on to Scott's BALLS....Barney "JUDD" Fife  too... SAY "YES" on 2 in November - Florida Supreme Court OKs Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative...... 

WNB
WNB

this guy is a scumbag.  He's about to die and he wants everyone else to as well

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hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

Wow -$2.5 million just thrown to the wind.  Must be nice.  Hopefully Nov 5th he has some regret about this.  I have a great feeling it WILL PASS, even though we show 70% we need to make sure everyone gets out and Votes YES ON #2!!


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sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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