Facebook co-founders give $170K to pro-pot measure

Oct 09, 2010 By MARCUS WOHLSEN , Associated Press Writer

(AP) -- California's ballot measure to legalize marijuana has a new friend: Facebook co-founder Sean Parker has given $100,000 to back the proposal.

Parker's donation was reported in Proposition 19 campaign finance filings this week.

And he's not the first big Proposition 19 donor with ties to the social networking site. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has made two donations totalling $70,000, including a $50,000 contribution last month.

Neither Parker nor Moskovitz are still with Palo Alto-based Facebook, but both still have ownership stakes. Recent estimates put the value of the privately held company as high as $33.7 billion.

"What's interesting here is that (Parker) is a member of the generation that really gets it," said Stephen Gutwillig, a spokesman for the Drug Policy Alliance, the main beneficiary of Parker's contribution. "We think he's pivotal to the future of drug policy reform in the country."

The 30-year-old served as Facebook's first president and helped transform the company from dorm-room project to big business. Parker and Moskovitz have become household names since the recent release of "The Social Network." The film chronicling the contentious origins of Facebook was No. 1 at the box office last week.

Pop musician and actor Justin Timberlake plays Parker in the movie, which portrays him as a hotshot who convinces Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to push out his friend from the burgeoning company.

In a recent Vanity Fair profile, the media-shy entrepreneur is described as a computer-programming prodigy with an uncanny knack for anticipating online trends and a penchant for designer clothes and partying.

At age 19, Parker helped develop Napster, the music-sharing software that turned the recording industry upside-down. He is now a partner at Founders Fund, a .

Parker did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment.

About $1.5 million of the $2.4 million raised so far in support of Proposition 19 has come from the measure's main sponsor, Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee. The only other six-figure donation not from Lee came from adult entertainment entrepreneur Phil Harvey, who gave $100,000.

Parker's donation came shortly after the Yes on 19 campaign committee reported having meager cash on hand heading into the final weeks before the election. The money from Parker and Harvey went to a separate committee to fund the Drug Policy Alliance's work on behalf of the measure.

Much of the money will go toward a get-out-the-vote campaign targeting young voters and voters of color, Gutwillig said.

Facebook recently came under fire from some marijuana advocates who claimed it was turning away advertising on the site in support of Proposition 19. said in a statement that company policy prohibits images of drugs, drug paraphernalia or tobacco in paid advertising but that ballot measure supporters were still free to advertise using different images.

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JamesThomas
4 / 5 (8) Oct 09, 2010
Yes! On 19.
Quantum_Conundrum
1.5 / 5 (8) Oct 09, 2010
"What's interesting here is that (Parker) is a member of the generation that really gets it,"


Couldn't be farther from the truth.

He's a member of the generation that doesn't get anything, and is in the process of near complete self-destruction.

I wonder how many more auto accidents we will have once these idiots legalize marijauna and even more people start using it and we have even more people driving around stoned?

I wonder how many more deformed babies, addicted babies, and lung cancer and other forms of cancer we'll have?

No on 19, and no on Facebook.
New_Guy
4 / 5 (6) Oct 09, 2010

I wonder how many more deformed babies, addicted babies, and lung cancer and other forms of cancer we'll have?

No on 19, and no on Facebook.


Your post is so ignorant that I suspect you're trolling, but the scary thing is that there are people who know little to nothing about it. I respect that they're not interested in knowing anything about it, but they shouldn't comment on something they know nothing about.

And are you sure you're not confusing cannabis with Crack? Because there is a huge difference. Even alcohol is a heavier drug than cannabis in every way. Cannabis can be made into edibles or used with a vaporizer with no risk of any cancer. It isn't physically addictive as you seem to think.

I don't use any drugs my self, including Alcohol. But I see no reason to punish people for choosing a lesser harmful alternative to Alcohol.

I agree with you on that no on Facebook.
Quantum_Conundrum
1.6 / 5 (7) Oct 09, 2010
THE campaign to legalise cannabis has suffered a severe setback after a leading Scots academic linked the drug to schizophrenia.

...cannabis use can lead to cancer, heart failure and mental illness...

Cannabis contains twice as much tar as tobacco and as users tend to inhale the smoke deeply and hold it in for as long as possible, the risks are even greater.

A study in New Zealand found smoking cannabis five times a week does as much lung damage as 20 cigarettes a day.


Not so safe after all.
Quantum_Conundrum
1 / 5 (3) Oct 09, 2010
And American scientists have found that regular marijuana smokers are 30 times more likely to get cancer of the neck, mouth, throat and larynx than those who don't


http://www.highbe...089.html
marjon
1.3 / 5 (3) Oct 09, 2010
no risk of any cancer.

How do you know?
I understand one side effect is 'munchies'. How will cannabis help the govt. war on obesity?
Thrasymachus
4.6 / 5 (7) Oct 09, 2010
The Christo-fascist trolls are out in force tonight.
bcode
5 / 5 (3) Oct 09, 2010
Not so safe after all.


Did you even the check who was behind those studies??

2007 Harvard Study - http://www.nowpub...rd_study

UCLA Study, 2006 - http://www.scienc...3353.htm

And of course, the original 1975 study performed by the National Cancer Institute - http://www.ukcia....ndex.php

Don't believe, how about a video journal of a man who actually cured his own skin cancer using topical cannabinoids?? - http://www.youtub...0Jq9bj98

Do your research before you buy into false science.
Quantum_Conundrum
1 / 5 (6) Oct 09, 2010
The Christo-fascist trolls are out in force tonight.


Yeah, because everyone should have the "right" to kill themselves slowly at other people's expense, as well as the "right" to endanger the public through yet more insane actions influenced by drugs.

It never ceases to amaze me that the supposedly intellectual people have no qualms about ingesting, inhaling, or injecting any poison under the sun, or even selling it to other people to do the same.
Quantum_Conundrum
1 / 5 (5) Oct 09, 2010
bcode:

I have several family members who work directly in health care, including mother and sister.

This stuff is good for nothing but giving one's self disease and misery.

By the way, you can also try looking it up in the nursing encyclopedia and other medical journals online.

It is specifically stated to cause cancer, in the MEDICAL DICTIONARY.
New_Guy
5 / 5 (1) Oct 10, 2010

How do you know?


Because no carcinogens are produced. Yes, literally zero carcinogens if used correctly.
LuckyBrandon
5 / 5 (4) Oct 10, 2010
the thing is QC, mnarijuana doesnt impair your ability to drive (although maybe for some with weaker brain chemistries). the tar in marijuana is thicker than that of cigarettes, thereby coating the inside of your lungs more, but there is a MAJOR difference: your body can break down the natural tar, but cannot break down the tar from cigarettes (only a small subset).
also, believe it or not, your own skin has the main component of marijuana within it (granted in tiny tiny microscopically small quantities)
i too have family in the medical industry and guess what, they ALL smoke it (except 1).
all of the newest research (which is old enough to even have had a natgeo or discovery special on it), showed that the link to schizophrenia is complete bull, and there is LESS of a chance of any type of throat or mouth cancer than with cigarettes or cigars.
when was that medical dictionary written? if its over 4 years ago, its going to be way off.
the fact is, youre way off base....
otto1932
5 / 5 (5) Oct 10, 2010
I have several family members who work directly in health care, including mother and sister.
Again QC has no clue as to what legitimate authority is. He thinks he knows something because he is related to someone who might? How EMBARRASSING.
It is specifically stated to cause cancer, in the MEDICAL DICTIONARY.
No it's not. This opinion stems from your misconceptions about knowledge and where it should come from (not out of your ass)
Skeptic_Heretic
5 / 5 (1) Oct 12, 2010
I have several family members who work directly in health care, including mother and sister.

This stuff is good for nothing but giving one's self disease and misery.

By the way, you can also try looking it up in the nursing encyclopedia and other medical journals online.

It is specifically stated to cause cancer, in the MEDICAL DICTIONARY.
Ask them what they think of booze, tobacco, coal and oil power. You need to have a consistent stance to be taken seriously. I figure you would understand that by now.

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