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Sheldon Adelson Donates Another $1.5 Million to Anti-Medical Marijuana Group

With a net worth of $37 billion, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has donated another $1.5 million to the No On 2 campaign (or, Drug Free Florida) -- the biggest medical marijuana opposition in the state.

He had helped kick off the campaign when he donated $2.5 million to get things started back in June.

The 80-year-old Adelson, who has been a big-time contributor to conservative campaigns throughout his life, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which runs the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

He has also funded drug addiction clinics in Nevada and Israel and believes pot to be a gateway drug.

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The big donation comes right after No On 2's recent ad attacking medical marijuana legalization by claiming that Amendment 2 has a loop hole in it's care giver provision that would allow anyone -- including felons and drug dealers -- to become caregivers:

Of course, this could happen technically speaking. But in all likelihood won't. Should Amendment 2 pass, Florida will still have to put down restrictions on it. There's no doubt law makers would be making sure felons and drug dealers can't become caregivers.

Still, No On 2 has been riding the "Amendment 2 is full of loop holes" train from the beginning. And ads like that would is expected to reach many Floridians who may still be on the fence with the issue.

With less than two months to go, No On 2 is pretty much ratcheting things up behind Adelson's deep pockets.

"Voters are smarter than this," says United For Care campaign manager, Ben Pollara in a release following Adelson's recent donation. "They will see through to the shady motivations of the No on 2 funders."

"Clearly Adelson doesn't care about the patients who need this Amendment," Pollara added. "Whatever his reasons, we are up against the 8th richest person in the world."

Ironically enough, Adelson also happens to have his own medical research group that recently did a study that found medical marijuana has been shown to aid those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

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