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 January 21, 2014

bill gates marijuanaCo-Microsoft founder, and multi-billionaire, Bill Gates stated in an interview with Buzzfeed that he voted ‘yes’ to marijuana legalization in Washington State during the 2012 election. It doesn’t entirely surprise me, but its outstanding that Bill Gates stated on the record that he voted for marijuana legalization.

Anytime a person as high-profile as Bill Gates expresses support for marijuana reform in the media, the message goes farther than it does when it involves an average Joe. It also carries more weight in the eyes of on-the-fence voters. Hopefully it encourages more members of the business community to come out publicly in support of reform, and maybe it results in a hefty donation to a campaign or organization from Mr. Gates!

According to BuzzFeed:

“I think people are going about this trying to make sure it’s labeled well, trying to make sure you’re collecting taxes so more than any of the additional state costs that will get imposed by this thing are funded by the consumers,” he said.

And he suggested the legal market would cut into the illegal drug trade. Traffickers “are going to make a lot less money, and some of the perverse things about the illegal drug trade will be avoided.”

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  • Chef Scotty

    He dropped acid with Steve jobs

  • Ras Ible

    Probably inhaled too.

  • revraygreen

    nailed it…..And he suggested the legal market would cut into the illegal drug trade. Traffickers “are going to make a lot less money, and some of the perverse things about the illegal drug trade will be avoided.”

  • Rick FromTexas

    Unfortunately Washington has decided that the new law means that the state has a stranglehold on this new industry. They have way more people who want to operate a marijuana business than they anticipated and they’re limiting the number of stores and venues where weed products can be sold. The end result is mom and pop types don’t have a chance of getting a permit.

    There’s also a fair amount of rumors going around that the state wants to shut down medical marijuana completely and limit the potency of retail products to ten percent THC, so basically all of the best weed will still be sold on the black market.

    But what can one expect from the same Liquor Control Board who screwed up so badly when they ran all of our liquor stores that the voters took control away from them and privatized liquor sales.

    Their main mistake is thinking that control is the answer. They need to regulate, not strangulate.

    • painkills2

      MMJ patients in Washington are in for a tough fight. Do you think they are up to the challenge?

  • painkills2

    Since the Gates Foundation has monetarily inserted itself into this country’s education “reform” battle (a rather controversial issue), I don’t see why the foundation would have a problem doing the same for cannabis legalization. But I think the Gates family mostly helps people in other countries, not here in the U.S. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the foundation can’t direct its efforts towards legalization in other countries, right? (Hey, Mrs. and Mr. Gates, ever been to Uruguay? Or, how about somewhere closer, like Mexico?)

    Alternatively, maybe the foundation (and Microsoft) could support legalization efforts by simply buying advertising space on The Weed Blog. Or suggest to their “friends” to do the same. (Bill Clinton, I’m talking to you, man.)