When it comes to political agendas, all the glitz and glamour has faded away with legalizing marijuana. It doesn’t have the same allure as say re-electing Barack Obama. Oprah and Tom Hanks are not on the pot bandwagon – the ‘A-list’ is quite barren on team “Legalize Cannabis.”
With an initiative for marijuana on state ballots in Washington and also Colorado in 2012 – Following California’s Prop. 19 disappointment in 2010, marijuana luckily has the financial backing of a few 420-friendly gurus. Even though not considered in the mainstream spotlight, they have a place in the stoner’s heart…
Rick Steve : Author and TV Host – Rick Steve’s Europe
Even though Steves has yet to contribute to either legalization initiative this year – it was reported by a Washington ballot initiative committee that his company, Rick Steves’ Europe, contributed $150,000 to their cause of legalizing marijuana. His dedication to marijuana reform has also brought him on the Advisory Board of Directors for NORML.
Peter Lewis: Chairman – Progressive Insurance
His company has just a touch of that liberal flavor – spanning from its casual corporate dress-code to even its name. Lewis, a huge marijuana supporter, is marijuana’s largest financial contributor.1st supporting Cali’s Prop 19 legalization campaign, now donating to the campaigns in Washington and Colorado. Price-tag: $875,650 and $650,000 = a cool $1,525,650.
David Bronner: CEO – Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
These earthy hemp bars could be lighting up profits if they didn’t have to bring in their cannabis from Canada. The son of the original founder, David “Jr” is a devoted marijuana activist. Most notably being arrested in front of the White House while locked in a metal cage – a protest for marijuana rights. Bonner has unofficially donated $50,000 to the legalization campaign in Colorado.
George Zimmer: CEO and Founder – Men’s Warehouse
The Men’s Warehouse entrepreneur has not donated to the campaigns in Colorado or Washington, but has chipped in $50,000 for Prop. 19 in California back in ‘10. As a large supporter of cannabis legalization, “Your going to like the way your states looks after legalizing marijuana, George Zimmer guarantees it.”
Montel Williams: Television and Radio Personality
The Emmy winning host of the Montel Williams Show has also served in the United States military for over 20 years. After being diagnosed in 1999 with multiple sclerosis, the decorated Lieutenant Commander in the Navy puffed on some medical cannabis. Afterwards, his use for Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin was no more – these pills failed to control his pain. Even though he hasn’t donated to any campaigns, he is a proud medical marijuana supporter – planning to remove marijuana from the Schedule 1 list.
Art Linkletter: Television and Radio Personality
A 1950’s cultural icon – exemplifying mainstream family morals and values – Art hosted the original ‘Kids Say the Darnedest Things’ and backed the hula-hoop and the legendary ‘Game of Life’ by Milton Bradley. “Link,” was also an advocate for reforming America’s unjust marijuana laws. He was against a system which can turn “innocent, decent, normal kids” into “plain criminals.” In 1977, Art held a press conference with NORML to voice support for the decriminalization of marijuana.