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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.

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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Lawrence O’Donnell aired hard-hitting expose on Trump, Jr — and the president tweets ‘presidential harassment’

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday broadcast a hard-hitting segment on Donald Trump, Jr. for defending his father against claims of rape -- despite the fact his own mom made similar allegations.

The host attempted to understand why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump, Jr. are so obidient to Trump when they both used to despise him.

O'Donnell noted a tweet by Trump, Jr. on the latest allegations against his father.

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1143330206498852867

Moments after the segment ended, the president tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1143709133234954241

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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

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‘Finally #MuellerTime’: Internet celebrates Mueller’s upcoming public testimony on Russia investigation

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On Tuesday, the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees announced that special counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify about the Russia investigation's findings before Congress.

Quickly, the internet reacted to the news:

This will really matter, even if Mueller merely repeats what he said in his report. The vast majority of Americans have never read it. https://t.co/ZuRHqbRAEv

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