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Soros and Men's Wearhouse founder donate to Calif. pot legalization

George Zimmerman Men's Warehouse
George Zimmerman donated $50,000 to the California pot legalization measure. (Still from Men's Warehouse commercial)

In the final days before the election, the push to legalize marijuana in California has been getting some high-profile support.

Billionaire financier George Soros donated $1 million to a drug legalization advocacy group for get-out-the-vote efforts, on-the-ground campaigning and television advertising.

Another high-profile donation came by way of Men's Wearhouse chief executive George Zimmer. He of the famous "I guarantee it" catchphrase has donated $50,000 to the campaign, sponsoring the first television commercial for the "Yes on 19" campaign. The campaign supports the Proposition 19 ballot measure that would legalize recreational amounts of marijuana and allow local governments to tax and regulate sales of the drug.

"Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good," Soros wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on Tuesday. "Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually."

Opponents to the ballot measure see the donations as a sign of panic, as polls show support for the measure has dropped over the past few weeks.

"We've always known that they would outspend us. In fact, they've outspent us from Day One," Roger Salazar, spokesman for the No on Prop 19 campaign told the Associated Press. "It seems to us the more they've spent, the more they've gone down in the polls."

California is not the only focus of the marijuana legalization effort. Pot measures will show up on state ballots from Oregon to Vermont on Nov. 2--most relating to medical marijuana coverage. Voters in Massachusetts, however, will be voting on a measure that would instruct lawmakers to vote on legislation that would legalize pot.

By Melissa Bell  | October 27, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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Comments

Why was cannabis/hemp, a global commodity, first demonized? Who helped demonize cannabis/hemp? Why should the names J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, and Du Pont not surprise me as being associated with the conspiracy theories behind killing one industry (hemp) in the 1930’s to build their own fortunes (petro-chemical, etc.)? Wasn’t that the American way?

It’s time to move on and put the past behind us. End the prohibition so our resources can be directed to where it will serve more good (than the harm already created).

Gym

Posted by: siesfeldj | October 27, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

After many years of opposing the legalization of marijuana, I've decided now that, with limited resources, we will never be able to continue to impose this ban.
The cost is prohibitive.
So legalize it under strict use levels, tax it just like you tax alcohol, etc. and it will cut down the court costs of prosecution of small amounts, plus cost of incarceration.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Alas, another day of headlines slipping through the proofreading cracks at The Post. It's Men's Wearhouse, not Warehouse.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | October 27, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

No one's ever wild or violent when they get high, they're more liable to be crippled with giggles, or sittin quiet chillin with a bag of chips while they're watching American Pie. Didn't Obama used to get high?
Listen Marijuana's just like the Fourth of July.
Now make it legal to partake in America's favorite pasttime.
(Rally for Prop 19 Music Video) - by GMill :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swK86UWjiak

Posted by: EJ9885 | October 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

No one's ever wild or violent when they get high, they're more liable to be crippled with giggles, or sittin quiet chillin with a bag of chips while they're watching American Pie. Didn't Obama used to get high?
Listen Marijuana's just like the Fourth of July.
Now make it legal to partake in America's favorite pasttime.
(Rally for Prop 19 Music Video) - by GMill :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swK86UWjiak

Posted by: EJ9885 | October 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/marijuana-is-the-flame-heroin-is-the-fuse-lsd-is-the-bomb--3

Posted by: chmmrx | October 27, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Soros favors legalization of all drugs and threw money into the Prop 215 medical marijuana and now marijuana is already virtually legal in CA. Just what CA needs, an out of state billionaire influencing the vote in CA because of his personal theory of drug policy.

Posted by: samantha5 | October 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You won't find a teenager using
marijuana as medicine that has
tried to murder their High School.

Posted by: onegreenday | October 27, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Samantha,what is difference between a billionaire supporting marijuana legalization and industrial/government kicking in with threats of arresting half of California in opposition?
The reason Soros waited as late in the game as he did is so that people with Samantha's
attitude could not say the whole thing was his idea.
And Soros can contribute a lot more.

Posted by: claygooding | October 27, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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