Most Americans support legalizing marijuana, but there are some noteworthy exceptions.
I wrote last month about how some beer makers are lobbying to keep weed illegal because they believe it will be a competitor and lower their profits. If anyone could understand the dangers of prohibition, you’d think it’d be the alcohol industry, but somehow they’ve managed to combine crony capitalism and an appalling ignorance of history in one terrible package.
Now it seems those beer lobbyists will find strange bedfellows in the prison industry, as a prison food contractor in Arizona is spending big bucks to stop marijuana legalization—and thus keep the prisons full of profitably hungry people. Marijuana.com reports:
A company that makes money selling food to prisons is helping to bankroll the effort to defeat marijuana legalization, a review of new campaign finance records shows.
Services Group of America, whose subsidiary Food Services of America prepares meals for correctional facilities, gave $80,000 late last month to a campaign committee opposing the legal cannabis measure on Arizona’s November ballot. […]
If marijuana were legalized and fewer people were arrested, charged and sentenced to prison for it, there’d likely be fewer mouths behind bars for Food Services of America to feed.
This isn’t just politics, and it’s worse than mere self-serving crony capitalism like beer makers’ support for prohibition. No, this is actively campaigning to keep nonviolent people locked up, ruining their lives, just to make a buck.
That goes beyond differences of opinion about the drug war. It’s morally grotesque.
Now more than ever, Arizona should vote YES on Prop. 205.