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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

How Does Marijuana Political Spending Compare To Other Issues?

vote marijuanaThe anti-marijuana argument has evolved a lot in the last couple of years. For decades opponents would make claims like ‘marijuana is a gateway drug,’ ‘marijuana makes you stupid,’marijuana is bad for your health.’ As studies came out debunking those claims, and as support for marijuana reform has grown, opponents have evolved their arguments. A very popular argument right now with opponents is that ‘big marijuana is spending enormous sums of money to affect the political system to line a small group of people’s pockets.’

Opponents like Kevin Sabet try to make it sound like there is a clandestine group of rich people try to create the next ‘big tobacco’ industry. In reality, marijuana political spending pales in comparison to other political issues. Per Bloomberg:

In the past decade, $21.4 million has been spent on ballot initiatives at the state level on marijuana, according to data compiled by the Helena, Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics. That compares with $636.7 million on gambling, $251 million on tobacco and $234.6 million on gay and lesbian issues.

The issue may energize young voters, while being viewed as an affront by older Americans who tend to make up a larger proportion of those casting ballots.

The tobacco political lobby spends literally more than ten times what the marijuana lobby does. Support for marijuana reform is growing, and victories are occurring, but money is not the main contributing factor. Yes, money is a contributing factor, but not as much as logical reasoning. Americans know that marijuana prohibition has failed, and that legalization/regulation works, as proven by Colorado and Washington. The momentum for reform is building because Americans want a new approach to marijuana policies, despite what opponents say.

  • mike1188

    Hopefully a lot of voting age Americans of all age groups make a informed decision based on scientific facts that are not based on 40 year old ignorance and propaganda. Just like so many other thing that 40 + year old believed as true fact in our history, of the things that we were taught as children and young adults we have found not everything was correct. The anti marijuana propaganda is not true also

    • Tha Tokester

      It’s really a ton of blow hards that had fathers that cracked the whip too hard. Most people born before 1975 don’t like weed.

      • Cyndysub

        Bull, there a lot of older dudes tokin’ way before 1975

        • David

          Me and my buddies were smoking out throughout my High school years. Which, in my case were the years 1967, ’68, ’69, ’70. Great music, and some very decent weed for the times. Plus, throw in the thousands of draftee’s getting wasted over in ‘Nam and Hawaii too. Sorry if some of your fathers were hard Asses, although most that I knew weren’t.

          • Cyndysub

            “Sorry if some of your fathers were hard Asses, although most that I knew weren’t”.

            I never said anything about a father, so why did you direct this at me? It is not germane to what I posted.

      • David

        What a misguided stereotype. That’s akin to saying everyone born before 1975 hates dogs.

      • Uncle Arthur

        Don’t make this a generational thing. Kevin Sabet was born after 1975 and he spouts psychotic garbage head reefer madness talking points. I was born in the early sixties, I love weed and fought for legalization for decades and got the scars to prove it. Don’t sell me short.

  • Tha Tokester

    The thing about gambling and all these other cash cows is they are all said to be bad for you. When mary jane really gets up and running, I think it will adjust a ton of laws. If there is more money there will be more spending, and you never know what people will spend extra money on. The United States could probably pay off it’s debt to China.

  • Cyndysub

    The White House contact and changing a password or start a petition is broken and not working. I guess this is how they can ignore us. So the site is dysfunctional.