Sheldon Adelson's Research Organization Finds Medical Marijuana Helps MS Sufferers
According to the researchers, it was the presence of CBD or THC that restrained the immune cells from triggering the production of inflammatory molecules and limited the molecules' ability to reach and damage the brain and spinal cord.
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.
Yet, even with these findings, Adelson has decided to donate big money to 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 and kill the medical marijuana initiative.
June Cutright, a progressive-MS patient who lives in Florida, called Sheldon's decision to back anti-medical marijuana, despite his own research group's findings, "unconscionable."
"If Sheldon Adelson knows that studies he is funding are saying marijuana may help treat my disease, how can he contribute millions of dollars to a group fighting every day to keep me from having access to it?" Cutright said via United for Care.
United for Care's campaign manager, Ben Pollara, added, "Maybe Sheldon Adelson's just so rich that he's not aware of what his money is funding around the globe. Or maybe he simply doesn't care about the consequences for patients with multiple sclerosis. Either way, it's shocking."
Adelson, who has also funded drug-addiction clinics in Nevada and Israel, believes pot to be a gateway drug.
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