Soros manipulated the world’s financial markets before trying his hand at control of internal US policy. His first domestic policy interest was to change how we treat illegal drugs. The push to legalize marijuana begun 25-30 years ago, and passing of California’s medical marijuana in 1996 was his first big success. In 2016, the Sacramento Bee reports that a “small number of individuals, corporations and dark money organizations that don’t disclose their donors have paid for the initiative with more than $16 million in donations of $250,000 or more.”1 Soros is chief financier behind Drug Policy Alliance and other changes in US drug policy.
Deception at the Heart of the Legalization Movement
The marijuana lobbying depends on the propagation of myths, such as the idea that marijuana is only illegal because of racism against blacks and Mexicans. Never mind that Mexico made marijuana completely illegal in 1920, and that the United States is bound by several treaties to keep marijuana illegal. Drug Policy Alliance supports the legalization of all drugs.
To get full legalization, the first step was to use medical marijuana as a way in the door, pretending is that medical marijuana is about compassion. (There are videos in which NORML’s leaders admit it’s a gimmick to get full legalization. Putting it to vote allows the maximum deception, because ballots are vague and provide a good way of getting around regulation.)
“Regulate like alcohol” and “eliminate the black market” are some of the rallying cries for legalizing pot. Regulating alcohol doesn’t prevent underage drinking or keep drunk drivers off the road. Why would marijuana be different?
Another big myth the drug lobby fosters is that people get arrest records and go to jail for a one-time mistake. The truth is that they commit other crimes while on drugs and get convicted for “drug possession only” by using plea bargains. Drug Courts and judges have been using the drug treatment option for nearly 20 years, a fact that legalizers omit.
The current message is one of inevitability, despite big losses in states like Vermont and Ohio. However, by saying “inevitable,” the marijuana industry and its financiers can intimidate anyone who might disagree and donate to the other side. It’s David vs. Goliath in terms of money…………….and bullying.
Soros Web of Control through Policy and Funding
As WikiLeaks revealed, Soros influenced Secretary Clinton’s push for the 2011 Panama Free Trade Agreement, which opened up that country as as a tax haven for billionaires, a direct benefit to him.
A book funded by the Soros’ Open Policy Institute, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, omits critical information about drug courts which give drug addiction treatment as an alternative to jail. The book also doesn’t discuss the plea bargains which allow drug users to serve their sentences for drug crimes in lieu of more serious crimes. The author strategically kept out information which did not help the bias from which the book was written. Like her patron, Michelle Alexander supports the legalization of all drugs. Maia Szalavitz is another pro-legalization writer who is a Soros Fellow.
We are told that George Soros funded the education of ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb. She wrote Initiative-502 to legalize marijuana in Washington state and met with Gavin Newsom and Sean Parker to discuss Proposition 64. (More on I-502 in part 2)
There’s a group of people who have been supported by Soros and are beholden to him, including Vanita Gupta, currently head of the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department. Despite her intelligence and success as a prosecutor, Gupta doesn’t appear to understand crime and addiction as it relates to drugs. She also supports the legalization of all drugs, She was a recipient of a Soros Fund Fellowship and was supported by the Soros’ Open Society Institute. Perhaps agreement on this issue is a litmus test for getting grants from groups that Soros funds, and getting powerful appointments in government.
Soros gives a great deal of money to the ACLU which has tons of money and funds studies to point out that blacks are arrested for drugs proportionately more frequently than whites. As for Washington, DC, Police Chief Cathy Lanier wrote that the “ACLU misconstrues the District’s data” and “appears not to understand our city well.” Lanier also suggests that police do not target, but have use their responsibility to respond to neighborhood requests.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has a middle ground with drug policy with more creative problem-solving ideas. There are solutions to the problems of criminal justice which address the dangers of drug use and drug crime, but don’t involve legalization.
Other billionaires and political donors concentrate on a few issues they know well, such as Tom Steyer’s support of environmental causes. (As a Californian, he should learn about marijuana, how it destroys the environment and leaves the problems of smell and secondhand smoke.)
It’s hypocritical when politicians who complain about Citizens’ United and the Koch Brothers don’t mention George Soros. What’s even more ironic is that Soros is far more powerful than the Koch Brothers. He is the most influential of all political donors because of how he spreads donations into the many 527 groups he funds.
Small donors who opposed the Iraq War in 2002 – 2003 contributed to MoveOn.org because of a specific issue, but the organization morphed into something entirely different. After George Soros made a large donation to the group, the organization decided it could control the Democratic Party. In an email signed by MoveOn’s leaders in 2004, they claimed control of the Democratic Party, “Now it’s our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” (There’s evidence that Soros hasn’t donated to MoveOn since 2004. After changing its emphasis, he let go.)
The American Friends Service Committee is another group whose goals were substantially changed following Soros donations which moved the Quaker group into new territory far away from its historical purpose of fostering peace.
Soros Control of Political Reports and The Media
Again, how did Soros get his information removed from WikiLeaks?
We cannot expect non-biased reports from Open Secrets, which has taken $100,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundation this year. Its reports about donations for and against marijuana legalization are wildly skewed in favor of legalization. How ironic that it published an article in 2014 stating that “money not morals drives marijuana prohibition movement.” 2 (It would have been more honest to say money not morals drives marijuana legalization.)
Soros funds of TheNation Magazine, Center for American Progress and other groups. There is now a echo chamber in the media which supports marijuana legalization. Soros’s influence goes much further than just donating outside money to drug legalization efforts. When The Nation and MSNBC reported that “anti-marijuana legalization groups” CADCA and Partnership for a Drug Free America are tools of the pharmaceutical companies, they did not report how minuscule the donations were compared to total funding for those organizations. Dr. Carl Hart, the spokesperson MSNBC who was asked to comment on donations to CADCA and Partnership for Drug Free America, criticized the donations without stating that he is on the board of the Drug Policy Alliance funded by Soros.
Arianna Huffington is on the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, too. The Huffington Post’s marijuana articles are heavily biased in favor of marijuana legalization and rarely report about the negative side of marijuana.
Advocates of marijuana legalization claim with little evidence that pharmaceutical companies are trying to stop marijuana legalization. Pharmaceutical companies — like marijuana companies — give lots of money to politicians, there’s slim evidence pharma is connected to opposition to marijuana legalization.” 3
Claims that George Soros’ interest in marijuana is control of GMO marijuana and hemp may be farfetched. However, he was a huge investor in Monsanto and had some power over legalization in Uruguay. Read about Soros’ biggest failure in Part 2.
This year Sean Parker of Napster and Facebook fame is the top funder for California’s marijuana legalization ballot. Soros is still involved and so are the descendants of his friend Peter Lewis who give through New Approach.
LEGALIZING POT IN CALIFORNIA
PUTS OUR KIDS AND COMMUNITIES IN THE CROSSHAIRS!
By Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign firstname.lastname@example.org #stoppot
Don’t you wonder what would motivate New York billionaires like Sean Parker and George Soros to invest millions of dollars to legalize marijuana in California? Or why our Lt Governor Gavin Newsom would lead the effort, contrary to the most important responsibility of elected officials at any level, to protect the people?
Is it just about drug money, or is it part of a plan for a New World Order, with a dumbed down population largely dependent on government for support while the mega rich and their pawns in our government reap the rewards and steer our country into the abyss?
Their stated reasons for legalizing pot are frankly a joke. They say it will protect our kids and enable us to better regulate marijuana, like tobacco and alcohol. These two legal drugs are the underlying cause of over 600,000 deaths a year. They cost $563 billion vs $49 billion in tax revenues (CDC). In 1999 (Harwood 200) California collected about $318 million in taxes on alcohol vs economic costs of $38.4 billion. We don’t need one more “legal” drug to exacerbate the problem.
They say the state could potentially earn over $1 billion in taxes, and the money would then be used to teach our young people not to use it. How clever is that?
They say it would eliminate the black market. Wrong! As proven in Colorado the black market is thriving because: 1) They don’t pay taxes so they have a price advantage; 2) The age groups with the highest consumption of marijuana are under age 21; and 3) Marijuana is a gateway to other drugs like heroin that are killing 129 Americans every day by overdose.
Currently, over 83% of communities in California have banned cultivation or dispensaries. As the ultimate act of betrayal, the Newsom bill would require all communities to allow pot unless their citizens, via a ballot initiative, vote against it. If we can’t trust the Lt Governor, who can we trust?
The reality is that communities throughout California are revolting against the devastation to our streams, forests and natural resources from 50,000 cultivation sites growing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally fulfilling 60% of the U.S. market. The stench of marijuana in populated areas is destroying the quality of life, diminishing real estate values and drawing dangerous new neighbors that no one wants in their community.
Today’s highly potent marijuana is a seriously dangerous drug that can cause permanent brain damage for anyone under age 25, particularly adolescents. It can lead to loss of IQ by up to 8 points, cause mental illness, psychotic breaks, suicidal depression, addiction, birth defects, traffic deaths and more.
While our state government, in violation of federal narcotics laws, romances the once despised illicit drug trade, the burden of public safety has fallen on local law enforcement and private citizens. If our youth and natural resources are to have a future, it is time the people send the out-of-state billionaires packing, along with their pawns in our government.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ….
ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign, is a 20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level. (www.tbac.us). Formerly Chairman and Executive Director of the Coalition for A Drug-Free California. Owner/CEO of Steelheart International LLC, engaged in international business development and has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 35 years. He was Founding Chairman of the Coronado SAFE Foundation in 1997, a non-profit dealing with drug prevention; prior Board Member of the San Diego Prevention Coalition; member of the National Coalition for Student Drug Testing; and Special Advisor to the Golden Rule Society in Coronado.
by Roger Morgan, Take Back America Campaign, published in the Contra Costa Times
In 1996, California voters were hoodwinked into approving Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, by a propaganda campaign financed by three out-of-state billionaires with George Soros at the helm. Since Peter Lewis and John Sperling, the other two billionaires are deceased, New York billionaire Sean Parker has been recruited to fill the void. Parker didn’t make over $2 billion because he is dumb, but apparently he thinks we are.
Their stated benefits of legalization are frankly an affront to one’s intellect.
Protection For Our Kids – They want to tax and regulate marijuana so we have money to teach our kids not to use it. Brilliant! Expanding the availability and access will increase adolescent use and if they care about education, they could tap the $58 to $103 million they currently collect taxing marijuana.
Adult Use Only – Today’s highly potent pot can cause permanent physical and chemical changes in the brains of anyone under 25 years old. Marijuana use peaks at age 20 and tapers off rather rapidly after age 25, so the focus from a marketing standpoint is on young people, just like Big Tobacco. Governor Brown has stated, “…How many people can be stoned and still enable us to have a great state and nation?” Actually it’s worse than just getting stoned. Diminished intellect, mental illness, psychotic breaks, depression, suicidal tendencies and addiction are life-long chronic conditions. You can’t just sleep it off.
Better Regulations – If Gavin Newsom was capable of, or cared about, regulation, God knows he hasn’t demonstrated it. California has over 50,000 mostly illegal cultivation sites producing pot under the guise of medicine, then illegally selling to 60% of the US market. In the meantime, the pot plantations are annihilating our natural resources and inflicting irreparable harm on our precious ecosystems. He should be in high gear fixing what is already broken.
Economic Benefits – A study called Shoveling Up, by CASA at Columbia University (www.casacolumbia.org) showed that in 2005 19.5% ($19.9 billion) of the California budget was consumed by substance abuse; less than 1% on prevention and the balance shoveling up the damage and treating the wounded. This is horrible economic policy and an assault on all taxpayers. The social costs of marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, are 10 times greater than tax revenues. Expanding the use of marijuana for the sake of the 8% who want to get high, or make money on those who do, will cost the other 92% more. Nor will the black markets won’t go away. The experiment in Colorado proved that with 40% of sales.
Local Government Control – Over 83% of California communities currently have bans or moratoriums on marijuana because they don’t want this junk in their communities. Under the Newsom initiative they would lose that control unless the people, through a ballot initiative, decide they don’t want it. How’s that for “slipping it to
“Medical Marijuana” – The existing program which allows anyone for any purported illness to access all of the pot they want doesn’t go away. We already have de facto legalization and are producing more pot than Californians can consume, so why do we need full legalization? In the interest of public safety and environmental protection, we need to roll back what exists.
Marijuana is a dangerous drug, with proven ability to destroy the brains of our youth and inflict irreparable harm on our natural resources. Anyone that aspires to be Governor of this fine state needs to demonstrate that protecting people, the planet and our tax dollars are of higher priority than pandering for drug money that flows from and through out-of-state billionaires. Further, since marijuana is a Schedule I drug and illegal by federal law, Newsom needs to renew his vows as an American.
Voters need to get it right this time. We don’t need more marijuana, we need less. And we don’t need out of state billionaires with maligned motives shaping our policies. That is what started the mess we have now.
ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Take Back America Campaign,
20 year anti-drug activist dealing with drug prevention at the local, state and national level. (www.tbac.us).