Bruce Halle and Discount Tire Co. has made headlines once again after contributing $1 million in funding to help defeat Proposition 205 and to keep marijuana possession a felony. In other words, he is taking a stand against roughly half of the state’s registered voters according to the near split in recent polling. While $1 million may be a drop in the bucket for his over $8 billion tire empire, it means we’ll see even more “reefer madness” style ad propaganda in an effort to sway voters.
In a written statement to the Phoenix New Times, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) said, “We are disappointed Discount Tire has made the decision to support marijuana prohibition, but for the next two weeks, we will continue to educate Arizonans about the benefits of ending prohibition and taxing and regulating marijuana sales to adults.” Discount Tire representatives have not commented about the recent donation, nor have they given any reason for opposing legalization.
This string of recent funding for the opposition may seem bleak, but recent polling is proving that this will come down to the wire. It’s looking like the determining factor will be whether or not Arizonans in favor of legalization will stay dedicated to spreading the truth.
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