Big alcohol, that’s who. According to financial disclosure reports, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association is one of the biggest backers behind the anti-Prop 19 campaign in California.
Not surprising since the alcoholic beverage industry is likely the only competition for legalized marijuana and would stand to lose big to the less damaging, less painful competition. Alcohol contributes to more than 3,500 deaths and 109,000 injuries in California every year, according to the Marin Institute (as quoted by East Bay Express).
According to retired Orange County judge James Gray, who’s come out in support of legalized marijuana, it’s not surprising that the alcohol(ic) industry would oppose Prop 19. They and the tobacco industry were the heaviest lobby and money behind the Partnership for a Drug-Free America anti-drug group.
The other two primary donors to the No on Prop 19 campaign are the California Police Chief’s Association and the California Narcotics Officers Association. Both of whom, of course, represent those who are heavy recipients of federal drug war money and whose principal “drug” for raids and conviction is marijuana.
All three of the anti-Prop 19 groups have a steep financial interest in seeing marijuana remain illegal in California. So it’s hard to blame them for putting their money where their interests lie. Doing otherwise would be like asking Microsoft to sells Apple iPhones in its online store.
It would be nice, however, if these groups would at least be honest about it instead of promoting all of these lies about what legal marijuana might do to Californians.
[source Fresno Bee]