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Two Billionaires Throw Millions Into Anti-Pot Campaign in Arizona

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It’s coming down to the wire, and the anti-pot billionaires are dumping last-minute cash in a desperate attempt to stop marijuana legalization.

The latest from Arizona: A cool half-million dollars from Sheldon Adelson, who owns casinos in Las Vegas and Macao—and a full million from Bruce Halle, who owns the Discount Tire chain.

Adelson has already given $2 million to Nevada’s anti-legalization fight, and millions more against pot in Massachusetts and Florida.

A moment of silence here as we contemplate the hypocrisy of a casino owner being opposed to legalized pot. (Note also that he has no problem doing business in Macau, part of totalitarian China.)

As for Halle, profits from his nearly 1000-store chain has made him reputedly the richest person in Arizona. He is also a financial supporter of Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and is the state’s most populous. Arpaio is a vociferous supporter of Donald Trump, and is currently under Federal charges for criminal contempt of court (stemming from his refusal to comply with court orders to stop racial profiling).

For complete coverage of the Arizona marijuana reform battle, click here.

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