Thanks to the Ballot Box, Governing.com's political blog, for this interesting post on marijuana initiatives on the ballot this year. Their analysis shows an interesting, but unexplained connection between 2 of the 3 initiatives and well-known philantropist and billionaire George Soros.
In California, Proposition 5 proposes to replace criminal penalties with fines for small amounts of marijuana, and expands drug treatment programs. Soros is known as a major supporter, although most municipal leaders oppose it, as does the Chamber of Commerce.
In Massachusetts, Question 2 removes criminal penalties for small amounts of marijuana. Possession of less than an ounce would result in a $100 fine. Again, Soros is financially backing the proposal, but Governor Deval Patrick and law enforcement officials are in opposition.
In Michigan, Proposal 08-1 allows people with debilitating medial conditions to use marijuana legally. Governor Jennifer Granholm is opposed.