Wealthy Donors Boost Florida’s Opposing Medical Marijuana Groups


Wealthy Donors Boost Florida’s Opposing Medical Marijuana Groups As the Election Day in Florida approaches closer in one week’s time, opponents and supporters of medical marijuana are receiving huge funds from donors in order to continue pushing their message to voters.

People United for Medical Marijuana, which is the primary organization backing Amendment 2, has received its highest monthly donation in October. The five six-figure donations have seen it air its pro-medical marijuana ads on television. Some notable donors include Morgan and Morgan law firm, whose founder John Morgan chairs People United. Morgan and Morgan has also been the chief financier of the organization.

“We’ve been out-messaged till now,” Ben Pollara, People United’s campaign told the press Tuesday, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “But we’ve been on TV a week in Orlando, Tampa yesterday, and Palm Beach today, tomorrow at the latest. With those three markets, we’re covering about 60 percent of the state.”

However, Pollara clarified that the ad will not air in Miami-Fort Lauderdale area due to the high costs involved.

The New York-based organization Drug Policy Action, which supports decriminalization of marijuana, also financed People United’s campaign kitty with $150,000. Daniel Lewis, who is the brother of the late billionaire Peter Lewis, who actively backed decriminalization campaigns in Washington before he died in late 2013.

Coral Gables heiress Barbara Steifel also donated $370,000 in two tranches. Steifel is well known for her involvement in progressive and Democratic causes.

The main opposition organization, Drug Free Florida, has been mostly financed by Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate. Sheldon has so far donated around $5 million, a huge contribution to the group’s total kitty of $5.8 million. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com