A casino magnate has given $500,000 to fight legalization in Arizona.
Citing campaign-finance records, New Times of Phoenix on Oct. 24, 2016, reported billionaire Sheldon Adelson donated the money to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an anti-legalization group.
Adelson, founder and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, has been donating to anti-legalization groups around the United States.
The $500,000 donation is one of the largest made to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which is encouraging voters to oppose Proposition 205 at the ballot box. If passed, Prop 205 will transform Arizona into a Colorado-like state with legalized recreational pot.
Following Adelson’s purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the newspaper changed its stance on legalization of marijuana in Nevada. The Review-Journal had long advocated legalization, but in a June 7, 2016, editorial, the newspaper said in part, “recreational weed comes with health, safety and social costs that make legalizing marijuana a dangerous proposal for Nevadans.” Nevada will vote on Question 2, a recreational legalization measure, in November 2016.