Arizona’s recreational marijuana opponents have compiled a war chest that will be used to kill Proposition 205 via an onslaught of last-minute TV commercial propaganda.
The latest reports filed with the Arizona secretary of state’s office reveal that the anti-Prop 205 group, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, has collected over $2 million so far, according to Arizona Capitol Times.
The pro-Prop 205 group, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, already used much of its funds to get the measure on the ballot and desperately needs more money to keep up with the opposition’s last-minute advertising push.
The latest report shows that the pro-Prop 205 campaign has less than $170,000 on hand; whereas, the anti-Prop 205 campaign is reported to have nearly $1.4 million still in the bank. That cash differential could prove to be pivotal.
A recent $500,000 donation from the Chandler-based Insys Corp makes up a large chunk of the anti-Prop 205 campaign’s remaining funds. Insys Corp is the maker of fentanyl, among the most potent narcotics known to medicine. But they are also attempting to make an FDA-approved synthetic form of marijuana, which is why they fund anti-marijuana campaigns.