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Putting up some big bucks for legalization

If you haven’t donated to Prop 19 yet, you still have time (see the link above), and you’ll be in some pretty darned good company.

Why We Donated $100,000 to Prop 19

I am President and co-owner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a 60-year-old company founded by my German-Jewish grandfather, Emanuel Bronner in 1948. Our family and over 60 employees in California produce the best-selling natural brand of soap in the United States. We use certified organic and fair trade vegetable oils, including non-drug hemp seed oil to super-fat the soaps for smoother lather and moisturizing after-feel. […]

Dr. Bronner’s buys 20 tons of hemp oil for our soaps from Canada annually. For nearly ten years the Bronner family has financially supported bringing back non-drug industrial hemp farming in the US as an environmentally sustainable crop that can be made into a wide variety of products including food, cosmetics, clothing, building materials and more.

I have decided to personally give a $75,000 donation to Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) for “Get Out the Vote” efforts to pass Prop 19 in California, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. Adam Eidinger and Alan Amsterdam, co-founders of Capitol Hemp Clothing and Accessories, have donated an additional $25,000 as well. Dr. Bronner’s will also provide the company’s promotional fire truck to “sound the alarm” on college campuses across California. We hope to mobilize younger voters who are the primary victims of the war on cannabis who know first-hand the lies of cannabis prohibition.

There’s a number of incredible stories in this one statement.

  • One is the donation of $100,000, ten times what the alcohol distributors gave to the other side.
  • One is the fact that the primary need for Dr. Bronner’s is industrial hemp, but he’s willing to put his money there for the sake of the future, even though this bill won’t directly do anything for the industrial hemp problem.
  • And one is the fact of the heavy involvement of SSDP in campaigning for Prop 19. These young people are our future, and under the terms of the Prop 19 law that they are working hard to pass, they won’t even be able to smoke pot legally. Instead of whining about it like some of the anti-Prop-19 potheads, these young people know that the important thing is to change the paradigm — to stop prohibition. That’s the first step is breaking the beast, and then, eventually, we’ll find a way to treat those of an age to be sent off to die in wars as though they were human beings.

… but that’s not all!

Facebook’s Sean Parker Outdoes Moskovitz With $100K For Marijuana Bill

Sean Parker, co-founder of Facebook and Napster, has joined his former colleague Dustin Moskovitz by cutting a large check towards the legalization of marijuana.

Not to be outdone by America’s youngest billionaire Moskovitz, who gave $70,000 to California’s Proposition 19, Parker has donated $100,000 to the ballot initiative that would make it legal to possess the drug for personal use.

That’s right. The two founders of Facebook… $170,000. Not bad.

According to Sasha Horwitz, the New Media Coordinator for Proposition 19:

Founding fathers of the biggest social networking site in the world, Parker and Moskovitz’s contributions represent another sign that political influence in California is skewing younger and in the direction of Silicon Valley. The next wave in political organizing will begin with youth, and that may mean it will be born online. Parker and Moskovitz’s technical leadership taps into the generational shift in attitudes toward the failed drug war, which costs the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

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11 comments to Putting up some big bucks for legalization

  • claygooding

    GREAT,and just at the right time to pick up the pace and fire another salvo across the ONDCP bow.

    “Moskovitz said in an e-mail: “More than any other initiative out there, Prop 19 will stabilize our national security and bolster our state economy. It will alleviate unnecessary overcrowding of non-violent offenders in our state jails, which in turn will help California residents.”

  • Just me.

    This is just awesome to see !I knew there had to be more isane people out there with the finacial backing needed to stop this maddness.

    The kids are most definitly have a stake in this. They need to know and learn what is being done to THEM with policies such as prohibition…..Now to get them all onborad for stopping the outragous corruption in government thats spending their future…in the drug war and other policies.

  • Steve

    I gather from your sidebar that Facebook is still censoring, or has that changed along with these money gifts? If not, I wonder why not…

  • Ron Combs

    Certain coorperations have more to fear from hemp than others. The oil coorperation knows that every gallon of hemp biofuel we produce is one gallon of diesel fuel we wont be buying from them.The cotton industry knows that hemp fiber is superior to cotton and people are gonna buy the product that lasts the longest.And the land barons know that thier acres of timber will be worth a lot less when we start making building products from hemp fiber.SOAP is just a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of uses we can find for hemp.

  • Steve

    I guess I should have read the article. The two, together, have 10 percent interest in Facebook, which probably isn’t enough to sway the censorship policy. Oh, well…

  • Yeah, as far as I know, Facebook is still censoring. But I’ve had that banner up way too long anyway, so it was time to drop it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Common Science

    I have this mental image of a nine-headed DEA Hydra screaming and wailing over a gurgling Calderón cauldron (festooned with relief carvings of the violent Mayan god Chak) trying desperately to summon the spirits of Harry Anslinger, Daryl Gates, and Richard Nixon to wreak havoc on this ungrateful generation who were designedly weaned on DARE lies and distortions.

  • claygooding

    Get it drawn up and sell posters with all proceeds going to Yes on 19. :<)

  • Just me.

    Ansilinger, Nixon, and gates and the rest of the morons are all probably in hell being forced to smoke cannabis by the bale and being forced to give eachother mouth to mouth shot guns……and they dont get the luxury of a high because its all ditch weed. OOO feel that head ache ..

    OK I feel better.

  • claygooding

    I hope that none of them ever get to be introduced to the lady,she is too good for them and she would probably make hell even tolerable,them boys just need to burn.
    Even Kansas ditch weed is too good for them.