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More evidence that the alcohol industry is bankrolling anti-marijuana campaigns

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The alcohol and pharmaceutical industries are largely bankrolling the pushback against marijuana legalization, the Intercept reports. In Arizona, it was revealed last week that Insys Therapeutics Inc., a company that makes opioids and is developing synthetic cannabinoids, donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an anti-legalization organization. And the Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association also gave $10,000 to the group.

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This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

The Intercept also points to other states where the alcohol industry has actively opposed legalization. One major contributor to anti-legalization efforts has been the Massachusetts-based Beer Distributors PAC, which contributed $25,000 to Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts, an anti-legalization group.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has also revealed that major alcohol companies have informed their investors that marijuana de-criminalization is a “threat” to the industry.

Paul Varga, chief executive of the Brown-Forman Company, which makes Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Finlandia Vodka, told investors that he wasn’t “losing sleep over the legalization of marijuana. But I’m paying attention to it.”

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Former acting CIA director explains why Trump’s inaction on Russian bounty scandal will make things worse

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Since then, President Donald Trump has denied that he and his administration didn't know anything about it. Then he claimed it was a hoax. Now it has become clear that the stories are not only true but that if Trump read his presidential daily briefing in 2019, he would have been aware of the problem.

Speaking to the House Thursday, Trump's former acting CIA director Michael Morell explained that things are being made far worse by the president's denial.

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Here are 7 hilarious videos about wearing COVID-19 masks to send people who won’t wear them

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