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Marijuana legalization initiative had only $62,000 in cash on hand at end of June, according to new report

Times file photo Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
The campaign to pass Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative, had just $62,000 in cash to spend at the end of June, according to a campaign finance report filed today, an amount far short of what would be needed to run a significant television campaign.

Opponents of the measure had less than $19,000 in cash at the end of June.

There are still weeks to go before the battle is expected to heat up, and fundraising for initiatives sometimes picks up much closer to the election. The initiative would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to 25 square feet. It would also allow cities and counties to authorize the cultivation, sale and taxation of marijuana.

Yes on Proposition 19, also called Tax Cannabis 2010, raised $176,430 in mostly small contributions in the three months ending in June. It has raised $426,689 this year and $1.2 million last year.

The biggest contributor remains the initiative’s sponsor, Richard Lee, whose firm put $45,000 more into the effort, bringing the total to almost $1.5 million. Lee owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland,  Oaksterdam University, a trade school for marijuana growers and businessmen, and a number of other marijuana-related businesses.

Public Safety First, which is running an opposition campaign, collected checks from four law enforcement organizations, including $30,000 from the California Police Chiefs Assn.

A second pro-marijuana legalization group associated with the Drug Policy Alliance raised $100,000 from Philip D. Harvey, who started Adam & Eve, a North Carolina-based mail-order and online distributor of sexual toys and pornography. He also founded an international charitable organization that distributes birth control in impoverished nations.  

-- John Hoeffel

Photo: Times file photo Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (6)

Interesting how the Pro people got their money from small contributors, and the No people got their money from law enforcement. Considering keeping cannabis illegal only helps gangs/drug cartels, corrupt countries and Law Enforcement, it makes sense they'd fight to keep the status quo.

I am looking forward to Prop 19 losing - and all of the potheads realizing that they don't speak for everyone in California.

I guess we know where all that cash went...

The initiative is a sign of a desperate society, if you doubt that fact, study history.

The campaign is restricted on how it legally raises funds and needs donations from the public.

Prop 19 is the worst proposition in history. FACT: if you legalize marijuana, it will only increase marijuana use. When Alaska legalized marijuana, teen marijuana use in that state was twice than the national average. Alaska’s residents had to vote to re criminalize marijuana from their failed experiment. Prop 19 is sending kids mixed signals. And if you get caught with small possession, you get a ticket, you don’t go to jail. Marijuana advocates are lying.

How many people are going to walk in a store, buy marijuana, then get in their car and drive?

The California bus association is against prop 19. Can you think of any reasons why?

I am voting NO on prop 19.


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