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George Soros Pushes For Pot Legalization

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It seems two states is not enough for billionaire investor George Soros (who is ranked the 9th most influential marijuane user in the US). As The Washington Times' Kelly Riddell reports, advocacy groups are leading the campaign to crush marijuana prohibition from coast-to-coast, and 83-year-old Soros is helping line the pockets of those making that push. "Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings," Riddell notes, adding that the Soros-affiliated Foundation to Promote an Open Society donates roughly $4 million annually to the Drug Policy Alliance.

 

As RT notes,

On the heels of the approval of two of the United States’ first recreational laws in Colorado and Washington, other locales across the country are considering implementing policy changes that could decriminalize pot, ease penalties for users or eliminate weed laws altogether. Advocacy groups are leading the campaign to crush marijuana prohibition from coast-to-coast, and 83-year-old Soros is helping line the pockets of those making that push.

 

On Wednesday this week, Kelly Riddell at The Washington Times pulled back the curtain to reveal details about some of the roles that Soros has played in the pro-weed debate, and helped explain how the billionaire’s many foundations are fighting the war against pot prohibition.

 

“Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings,” Riddell wrote.

 

The Soros-affiliated Foundation to Promote an Open Society donates roughly $4 million annually to the Drug Policy Alliance, Riddell added, a nonprofit group that describes itself as the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Soros is among the group of board members who help steer policy reform efforts undertaken by that organization, which has contributed to the successful attempts in both Colorado and Washington state to legalize recreational marijuana, as well as in Uruguay where last year the South American country became the first in the world to allow for the regulation, distribution and sale of weed to legal adults.

 

Records obtained by the Times also reveal that Soros cuts other substantial checks annually to the American Civil Liberties Union, “which in turn funds marijuana legalization efforts,” Riddell wrote, as well as the Marijuana Policy Project which funds state ballot measures. In 2013, the MPP ranked Soros as the ninth most influential marijuana user in the US, behind President Barack Obama, television host Oprah Winfrey and a handful of other politicians and celebrities.

Soros has not just donated money but has been publicly outspoken:

Ahead of an attempt in November 2010 to legalize weed in California through the failed Proposition 19, Soros wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he called the since-failed initiative “a major step forward.”

“In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day,” Soros wrote then. “The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago.”

And Soros is not done yet...

“In Florida, Mr. Soros has teamed up with multimillionaire and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan to donate more than 80 percent of the money to get medical marijuana legalization on the ballot through its initiative ‘United for Care, People United for Medical Marijuana,’” Riddell wrote, and the MPP is “focusing a lot of time and resources passing bills” in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to her report.

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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 19:57 | 4626867 HedgeAccordingly
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Light em up! Flash! http://hedge.ly/1h3W6kd

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:02 | 4626878 Dazman
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Indeed, I can't wait until marijuana is legal everywhere. It's the only thing that effectively treats my debilitating insomnia without bad side effects, and I've tried everything.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:06 | 4626886 john39
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If soros is for legalization you can safely assume that the goal is not beneficial to society. That said, drug laws are ridiculous.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:08 | 4626897 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes there is no doubt that this dirty cocksucker has some kind of angle he is trying to play. He's a fucking vampire. They call him "The Black Hand" for a good reason.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:16 | 4626914 NuckingFuts
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Acapulco Gold Bitches!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:25 | 4626931 LetThemEatRand
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Soros' buddy in Florida, John Morgan, has a mini-empire of personal injury law firms (he's a personal injury laywer -- "for the people").  Everyone in Florida knows him because he advertises relentlessly.  He is the Walmart of law firms.  His current law partner is Charlie Crist.  Yes, that Charlie Crist.  I don't know what the agenda is, but there is one.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:31 | 4626957 mofreedom
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Agendaduh! Keep us asleep...unless you know how to use it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:13 | 4627340 MonsterBox
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Pot, TV & xBox = opiate of the masses

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:09 | 4627601 RichardParker
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+1

You're spot on MonsterBox.  If I could, I'd  give you +100. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:19 | 4627729 weburke
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legal pot will be grown to poison. if you do pot, better farm your own. Dont buy grow supplies from anyone. not dark.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:51 | 4627748 clymer
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Soros is above all else a money junky. There are empires built on the illegal drug trade (i.e. Bush). I see him as creating a legislative path toward controlled legalization for hemp purely so he can cash in on the industry it creates. Watch for Monsanto's endorsement next

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:02 | 4628030 eurogold
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Proof that Soros is not all bad !

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 13:40 | 4628215 PT
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The sheeple are starting to notice things aren't right.  Plan B involves keeping them too fucked up to notice that things aren't right.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:09 | 4628282 0b1knob
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Isn't part of the Protocals of the Elders of Zion about legalizing drugs in order to undermine goy society?

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:15 | 4628612 emersonreturn
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the brits, americans, french perfected in hong kong and china.  drug the populace, keep the sheeple sleeping.  if you want pot or other drugs, grow your own.  poppies are wild in some parts of NA a leftoever from the chinese brought in to build the railways.  they flourish unattended and seem less difficult than pot.  i don't, but grow your own if you desire some escape.  i'm trying to configure a way to manage homegrown scotch.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 17:15 | 4628613 emersonreturn
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the brits, americans, french perfected in hong kong and china.  drug the populace, keep the sheeple sleeping.  if you want pot or other drugs, grow your own.  poppies are wild in some parts of NA a leftoever from the chinese brought in to build the railways.  they flourish unattended and seem less difficult than pot.  i don't, but grow your own if you desire some escape.  i'm trying to configure a way to manage homegrown scotch.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:20 | 4636426 fallout11
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It will be legalized (for big agribusiness) and taxed heavily, to feed mammon. The war on drugs has been such a phenomenal success after all, but the simple fact is (Dmitry Orlov called it nearly a decade ago) the US can not afford to keep pissing money down a rathole, incarcerating every pot smoker. They'll have bigger fish to fry in the years to come (as the US sinks further into third world banana republic status), and pot is useful to our masters for keeping us all docile.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 12:46 | 4628114 Kirk2NCC1701
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I'd vote for Euthanasia of select demographics, e.g. Soros.

But then I'd also vote for Youth in Asia.  ;=)

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 01:23 | 4627511 wee-weed up
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Soros is Obozo's Daddy Warbucks... and a scumbag like him too!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:55 | 4627008 nmewn
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Plus one Rand..."for the people" what a fucking joke Morgan is.

From my perspective, Soros being the uber-statist that he is, its more about tax revenue going to government coffers than any libertarian views on reefer.

My position has always been, decriminalize, not legalize. Making something legal just makes something taxable and with that taxation, comes the power to destroy.

Without the tax applied (the tax stamp as it were), its still illegal.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:05 | 4627042 Buckaroo Banzai
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You know what? I would be 100% for an excise tax on marijuana... So long as they repeal the income tax at the same time.

Excise taxes are cool because you can legally avoid them. Income taxes on the other hand are unavoidable and are fucking slavery.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:28 | 4627108 nmewn
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Income taxes are theft of wages, progressive income taxes are an abomination. It lets the "ruling class" decide who pays what and how much according to which flavor of the day is doing the "ruling" around here, so I'm with you there.

But we have to get past the tit for tat taxation scheme that they are playing now and its easy to fall into.

Its easy for you and I to say..."When we're elected king, everyone will be forced to buy a gun...or health insurance" as punishment for what has been done in the past.

The fairest & easiest way is, if you spend, you get taxed one rate, everyone the same. If you don't, no tax. For the statists, it "captures" their much bellyached about loss of revenue to their beloved state. For the saver, they incur no penalty for simply working and they have to buy something but they can still decide what to be taxed on.

I probably shouldn't even be talking about taxation because I'm slipping closer to anarchy everyday anyways ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:49 | 4627159 dogbreath
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wrong turn down memory lane   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgB-3aANe0

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 07:40 | 4627743 nmewn
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An oldie but goodie ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:52 | 4627165 dogbreath
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:58 | 4627174 hobopants
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+1 I wish anarchy didn't have all the negative connotations it's picked up over the years. 

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:10 | 4627414 xxxxx
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Yes Anarchy has a very interesting history. Some very deep thinkers have developed it over time. Most don't even know what it is.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 04:24 | 4627645 Bearwagon
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They usually mean "Anomie" when talking of Anarchy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomie

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 08:10 | 4627754 nmewn
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It is interesting to contemplate...the back & forth human reactions to the acceptance of governments and/or rulers.

For example, we decide (meaning us, the people) that as a society of equals, it is better for all of us to have some type of structure, some type of order...that is to say...the absence of chaos.

And over time we find that the growth of "this thing"...suffering from its countless indignities per day on our person, with its contradictory impositions, selections, favoritism, its creation of ruling classes of elitist technocrats with their regulations, their laws and nonsensical propaganda fabricated to support it...drives us away from it by the complexity & injustice of its very nature.

But do the denizens who inhabit it realize this?

Not likely, they're too busy taking what is not rightfully theirs.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 15:01 | 4628382 hobopants
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Polybius's Anacyclosis that was written what? 300 years before christ? Lays out the brevity of human political memory and our reactionary nature in revolutionary change, and yet we still haven't learned. The sovereignty of the individual over himself (and no one else) has always been the best way.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 20:34 | 4629033 nmewn
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I wanted to return to this one last time.

The problem (as I see it) is, all the wisdom of the ages is drowned out in a cacophony of bullshit. From the latest Miley twerk to Obama & Putin running through traffic like suicidal squirrels, for example.

Distractions, humorous as they are.

Hardly no one is looking at the big picture, what was already tried and discarded, what was learned from its being discarded and therefore shouldn't ever be tried again. If they (society & governments) think my acceptance of its laws & rules comes without its reciprocity to me, they are mistaken. I can be just as cut throat, unethical and immoral as they.

I'm fond of saying, Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot etc. all had laws of the state. The simple veneer of legality of course, of order, of authority but without any real sense of justice or equality, nothing of right or wrong or propriety of the person(s) indicted.

If it is to be this way, I'm certainly capable of living within their state of chaos on my own terms, afterall, being an enemy of the state doesn't have the same negative connotation it once did these days. Tribunals & trials in absentia for offenses against the people can be held anywhere and verdicts handed down for enforcement.

What a revolutionary idea...lol.

I extend my hand to you sir and welcome to Fight Club ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:18 | 4627089 booboo
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John Morgan is Florida's version of John Edwards except no self respecting woman would fuck the fat bastard and shit faced staggering drunk at that. But he raises a shit ton of money for President Zero.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:31 | 4627115 nmewn
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The prick has a son to carry on chasing ambulances and intentional slip & fall's long after he's gone too...lol.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 00:28 | 4627440 Tsunami Wave
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It's Morgan & Morgan.  For the people.   Offices: Orlando.

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:58 | 4627673 Mountainview
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One day you'll be old my baby, thinking of all the story you could have told!!! Free after Avidan...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:23 | 4626936 fudge
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Don't worry, the sheep will SNAP this up.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:26 | 4626945 mofreedom
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If he for it I agin it...just buy it off the streets like the brain damaged gub of Minnesota told a woman. Got got dain bramage?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:03 | 4627032 rbg81
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Why does Soros want to legalize marijuana?  

Because it will help keep the unemployed masses docile as they sit stoned watching porn on Internet TV all day, texting their friends on their Obamaphone and eating a steady diet of Government cheese, with a Sunny Delight chaser

That's really the only way they won't notice how shitty, empty and pointless their lives have become.

Of course.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:06 | 4627044 Buckaroo Banzai
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Not a bad guess. But I feel he also has a way to make a buck off of it as well.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:12 | 4627072 fudge
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No one will get to grow their own, large commercial ventures will be needed..with the appropriate FDA approvals.

Green Gold bitchez

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 23:46 | 4627385 TBT or not TBT
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And/or the Dept of Agriculture. Anyway, planting a single seed in America is engaging in interstate commerce, and so is not doing so, if congress levies a tax on individuals for failure to plant a seed, or any other fucking thing. John Roberts can explain that to you further.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 21:20 | 4627085 Georgia_Boy
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Came here to say that. The elite need it as a tool to keep the bottom 80 percent distracted and away from the jobs and decisions that matter. If you're in the 2nd to 19th percentiles they don't want you smoking it, they need you productive to keep the machines humming and the money rolling in. (And if you're in the club, of course, the rules don't apply to you and you do whatever the fuck you want.) Downvote if you must, but once you grow up and join the real world, pot is for life's betas and omegas. Don't care what they do with it anymore.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 22:06 | 4627191 bluprint
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It'll backfire in my opinion. Once people start smoking it daily as a way to relax and contemplate, and not just taking it as a party drug, they'll become more introspective. That's a shift we need. Legal weed + bitcoins = black swan

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 03:48 | 4627624 trader1
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so, in other words, soros is trying to do the americans a public service...

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 16:30 | 4628531 Suisse
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It gets young people out to vote who will vote for Democratic politicians. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:09 | 4626898 ILLILLILLI
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When it is time to put the population "to sleep", pot will be legalized.

I guess that time has come...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:13 | 4626908 Dazman
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And then there are those like me that work 16 hour days and are workaholics that can't turn their minds off that would LOVE a little bit, legally, to be put "to sleep".

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:21 | 4626924 NuckingFuts
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If you were my neighbor I would give you some of the chocolates I make with canna butter. Best natural sleep aid I have ever found.... And after 16 hours on the farm (my business) it certainly helps.

Why would someone down vote that. Try walking in his shoes before you judge what is best for the individual. If you don't like weed, don't smoke it but stay the fuck out of my life and everyone else's.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:28 | 4626952 Dazman
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I would gracefully accept said chocolates lol. As for the downvote... This site intrigues me sometimes... Talk about gov't intervention with markets and everyone on here goes crazy and wants the gov't out. Talk about the gov't regulating miscellaneous things in people's lives like weed for example, and they are all for it. Ironially hypocritical.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 20:51 | 4626990 mofreedom
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Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should and thereby tell my kids it is OK. I'm not against POT at all, just don't legalize it. Let my kids try to do it behind my back, or kinda safely when they're grown, not to have them find it cooling on my cookie sheet when they're still in diapers. Population control much?

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