Soros Behind Marijuana Decriminalization in Mass.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:18 AM
BOSTON — A measure that would decriminalize minor marijuana-possession cases is on the ballot in Massachusetts largely because of one man: billionaire financier and liberal activist George Soros.
Of the $429,000 collected last year by the group advancing the measure, $400,000 came from Mr. Soros, who has championed similar efforts in several states and spent $24 million to fight President Bush’s 2004 re-election bid. The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy needed about $315,000 of that just to collect the more than 100,000 signatures that secured a spot on the ballot, according to campaign finance reports reviewed by the Associated Press.
“All of us owe George Soros a great deal of gratitude,” the founder of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Keith Stroup, said.
If the measure is approved in November, Massachusetts would become the 13th state to lift or ease criminal penalties on marijuana possession. The proposal would make having an ounce or less of the drug a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.
Whatever a society legalizes, that activity increases. This is history. It may be hard to measure, however, how much more it increases. How much of a deterent the law actually provides, is also perhaps difficult to measure.
The point is, less law against passion and indulgence is not based on any reasonable, demonstrable arguement. It is a hunch. A notion. The history of Prohibition demonstrates all these matters quite clearly.