Anti-Cannabis Group Violates California Law

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a leading anti-cannabis alliance of several organizations fighting for a health-first approach to marijuana policy based on reputable science. The group’s primary focus is to educate the public about the harms of marijuana legalization by fighting against Proposition 64. Although legalization passed with 57% of California voters in favor, the group raised roughly $1 million in their campaign against legal California marijuana. According to California’s Fair Political Practices Commission however, they violated California campaign finance laws by not changing the campaign committee’s name to include its major donor, Juliet Schauer. The group also failed to then disclose Schauer’s contributions accurately and timely.   

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