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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:26 AM

Exclusive: Why Canít You Smoke Pot? Because Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of the War on Drugs

John Lovell is a lobbyist who makes a lot of money from making sure you canít smoke a joint. Thatís his job. Heís a lobbyist for the police unions in Sacramento, and he is a driving force behind grabbing Federal dollars to shut down the California marijuana industry. Iíll get to the evidence on this important story in a bit, but first, some context.

At some point in the distant past, the war on drugs might have been popular. But not anymore ó the polling is clear.... So why do we still put hundreds of thousands of people in steel cages for pot-related offenses? Well, there are many reasons, but one of them is, of course, money in politics.

About that money:

In 2010, California considered Prop 19, a measure to legalize marijuana and tax it as alcohol. The proposition gained more votes than Meg Whitman, the former eBay executive and Republican gubernatorial nominee that year, but failed to pass. ...

Lovell managed the opposition campaign against Prop 19. ... Republic Report reviewed lobbying contracts during the Prop 19 fight, and found that Lovellís firm was paid over $386,350 from a wide array of police unions, including the California Police Chiefs Association. ...


http://www.republicreport.org/2012/exclusive-why-cant-you-smoke-pot-because-lobbyists-are-getting-rich-off-of-the-war-on-drugs/
http://www.americablog.com/2012/03/why-you-cant-have-nice-thingslobbyists.html

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:28 AM

1. yup

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:34 AM

2. I knew that!

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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:09 AM

3. R

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