Article by Allison Nielsen, Sunshine State News
Billionaire casino founder Sheldon Adelson has given another $1 million to the campaign against medical marijuana in Florida, recent records from the Florida Divisions of Elections show.
Adelson gave $1 million to the Drug Free Florida committee between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9.
Drug Free Florida/Vote No on 2 is the campaign actively working against Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment which would legalize medical marijuana for Floridians with “debilitating” medical conditions like cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma.
Adelson, a kingpin Republican fundraiser, has been a strong supporter of the anti-medical marijuana campaign. He contributed a colossal amount of money — to the tune of $5.5 million — to the Drug Free Florida committee in 2014 when it waged war against the medical marijuana amendment the first time it came to Florida ballots.
The first time medical marijuana hit ballots in Florida, it was not successful. Medical marijuana fell short of the necessary 60 percent to pass, only receiving 58 percent of the vote.