Sheldon Adelson: I alone matter!Thinking over James Kirkpatrick’s blog today Stupid Party Won’t Cut Funding for Amnesty, but Will Stop DC From Smoking Pot about the Congressional GOP’s bizarre and politically costly intervention to reverse the DC marijuana legalization vote a horrible realization occurred:Who according to Wikipedia
Early in 2014…donated $2.5 million to the Drug Free Florida Committee, the political committee trying to defeat Florida's Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative which would legalize Medical cannabis in that state. Later in 2014 donated an additional $1.5 million to the No On 2 campaign. He believes that cannabis is a gateway drug.?GOP Owner Sheldon Adelson. Just before the election the Washington Post reported Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is behind 85 percent of Florida’s anti-pot campaign by Niraj Choksi October 28 2014He got his way: the measure only passed with 58% of the vote; it needed 60%.It is disgustingly plausible that the GOP Congresscritters were paid off to perpetrate this slimy stunt.The same thought has occurred to Luke Ford who writes in Connect the Dots today
I hear a voice from the wilderness: If we accept that it is counterproductive and a distraction for the Republicans to focus on fighting anti-marijuana laws, as James Kirkpatrick wisely noted, and if we accept that the man most responsible and intent on the Republicans NOT fighting amnesty is Sheldon Adelson, then wouldn’t it make the most sense for Adelson to spend a lot of cash fighting marijuana legalization?Yes it would. Hmm.To make matters stranger, as Vice noticed, Adelson supports medical marijuana. IN ISRAEL!“As VICE reported in June, Sheldon Adelson… and his wife are major donors to a medical research facility in Tel Aviv that supports the use of marijuana to treat a number of diseases, so it’s a tad strange for Adelson to seek a ban on medical pot in America while financing it in Israel.”Luke Ford does wonderful, courageous work but I am not entirely sure about the direct link with Amnesty. Double standards over Israel are reflexive for Adelson and his wife I understand is a medical doctor who is interested in addiction issues. Quite possibly he is sincere.That does not mean he should be able to buy his way. Florida and DC voters wanted legalization.It does appear that the prospect I raised in Has Sheldon Adelson Bought Harry Reid Too? has not eventuated: Online gaming ban omitted from government spending bill By STEVE TETREAULT and HOWARD STUTZ LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL December 9, 2014The Online gambling guys would be wise not to go to sleep. Adelson did not get where he is by giving up. Most likely the Highway Bandits who run Congress figure by making it difficult they can shake him down for more.Sheldon Adelson is a menace to the Republic.