A casino magnate’s spending millions against pot. Here’s who’s also donating for (and against) legalization

With five states voting on marijuana legalization next month, this is a pivotal year for marijuana policy no matter which way the contests turn out. The results will determine whether marijuana reform gains momentum heading into the next presidential administration or whether the pace of change will slow. Businesses, interest groups and individuals have spent…

Report: Colorado weed a beast with $2.4B impact

Colorado’s burgeoning legal marijuana industry has quickly made gains on the state’s largest industries — including the mighty oil-and-gas sector — and contributed an economic impact of $2.39 billion in 2015, according to research released Tuesday. The cannabis industry, the fastest-growing business sector in the state, also is credited with funding 18,005 direct and ancillary…

Arizona’s anti-pot PAC just got $1 million from U.S. tire shop giant to fight Prop. 205

Discount Tire Co. has aligned itself with anti-legalization advocates in Arizona by contributing $1 million to the campaign opposing Proposition 205, which would allow for adult-use cannabis sales in the state, according to Arizona media reports. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-based tire retail and service chain’s contribution, which was first reported by the Phoenix Business Journal, is…