The campaign aimed at preventing marijuana from being legalized this year in Arizona just received a super sleazy donation from a company that makes its living selling meals to prisons.
Campaign finance records show that Services Group of America, one of the largest food service companies in the United States, recently contributed $80,000 to the weasels working to maintain the prohibitionary standard in the Copper State. The documents, which were initially dug up by Tom Angell over at Marijuana.com, suggest the company could be concerned it will have fewer prisoners to feed if voters approve a ballot measure this November to legalize a recreational cannabis trade in Arizona.
Some of the latest statistics show that 88 percent of all marijuana arrests in the United States are for small time possession. If Arizona voters approved Proposition 205 next month, the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana would be legal all across the state – making it no longer necessary for the system to give people a taste of prison food for simply holding a little weed.
Services Group of America’s donation is just the latest to come from the pockets of the usual suspects opposing legalization, who are collectively pooling together millions of dollars for television ads in hopes of stopping Proposition 205 dead in its tracks.
Both the pharmaceutical industry (Insys Therapeutics - $500,000) and the alcohol industry (Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association - $10,000) have invested their fair share of funds to protect the sanctity of their respective bottom line. It makes sense that a company profiting from the imprisonment of others would want to do everything in its power to prevent marijuana from being recognized as a part of the state’s legitimate commerce.
Some of the latest polls show support for Proposition 205 somewhere between 43 and 50 percent, which might not be enough padding to thwart the opposition once they begin bombarding media outlets across the state with advertisements pointing out the supposed perils of legalization.
Barrett Marson, spokesperson for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign, says his group is working to raise additional funds to drive Proposition 205 over the edge. Most of the group’s campaign dollars thus far have come from the Marijuana Policy Project as well as the state’s medical marijuana community.
Sadly, marijuana legalization campaigns seem to be struggling this year to raise enough money to run successful campaigns. And they don’t appear to be getting too much help from the cannabis industry.