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35-year-old writer and radio broadcaster with a penchant for underdog Social Justice issues. new website in 2011 #### Weekly radio program Active Voice Radio, features 25-minute Social Justice interviews ### From 2005 to 2008 I had the privilege of serving as the voice for the NORML Foundation podcasts.

MAY 31, 2009 5:17PM

An Open Letter to George Soros and fellow Billionaires

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Chris Goldstein May 2, 2009

An Open Letter to George Soros and fellow Billionaires

Dear George et al,

Perhaps you have noticed the rising tide of marijuana law reform in America. The issue is solidly in the mainstream for 2009. No week goes by without progress being made on the issue along with heavy media coverage. Truly, at no other time in the last 30 years has the topic of cannabis reform been more popular and prevalent in state legislatures and the federal government.

I have personally dedicated time and skills towards the goal of ending marijuana prohibition as a volunteer to several local and national groups.

Recently during some of my enthusiastically offered time I have been debating prohibitionists on television, radio and blogs. Too often I hear the same completely false opposition arguments, yet all that backward rhetoric is easily countered with facts about marijuana and my own charming demeanor.

But one hollow prohibitionist statement is somewhat frustrating and directly relates to you Mr. Soros. Frequently the marijuana law reform movement in the US, even the absolutely vital medical marijuana effort, is broadly accused of being funded by "billionaires like George Soros."

Giving credit where it is due: You and others of your financial stature have made generous contributions to select reform groups over the years. These have been valuable to the reform effort. That support to some groups came when the issue of cannabis reform did not enjoy its current overall popularity. 

But the truth is that those few massive donations have not reached everyone in the marijuana reform movement. Not by a long shot. 

Around America there is the greenest of the grassroots movements, one that includes thousands of active participants who speak up for millions of supporters. It is kept alive with some of the most dedicated volunteer spirit involved in any political movement; everyone working on the common cause of common sense prohibition reform. 

There was a time that I had the privilege to work under contract for NORML-National in Washington DC to create podcasts.  But I have never received any money from a billionaire, certainly never directly from you Mr. Soros.  

That is why it is somewhat surreal in public debates when this humble volunteer (well, volunteer at least) is constantly accused of being well funded by none other than you!


One recent TV debate is an example

 >> Watch WFMZ-Allentown Medical Marijuana Debate Video

Here in New Jersey and Pennsylvania we are working every day on medical cannabis reform and other important issues. We do it for free.  

Our groups of volunteers in PA and NJ are not unique. We are part of a vast network of non-paid advocates in every state. 

But to be clear, we are absolutely not too proud to take money from billionaires. We would welcome your contribution.  

So perhaps you would like to purchase a CMMNJ T-shirt or lapel pin, maybe a PhillyNORML T-Shirt or perhaps just a general (even anonymous) donation to PA4MMJ or CMMNJ....say for around $10 million dollars. 

Perhaps you can invite some of your like-minded friends of similar financial stature like Bill Gates…because as much as I agree that AIDS in Africa is a deadly serious problem; there are thousands of HIV/AIDS patients who must edure fear of arrest along with their condition every day, because they live in American states that do not have a medical cannabis program yet.


Why not help them too?

Locally in PA and NJ we can make a lot happen with the backing of a billionaire or two. 

Just look at what we and other advocates across the country do already, for free. 

Chris Goldstein



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Nice letter. I could use a $1000 to Mr. Soros. I've got a paypal on my page, so far no contributions from his people. I've heard that so many times over the last couple of years. Just two weeks ago at the medical marijuana hearing, the Lyndon LaRouche folks asked me if I was funded by George Soros when I asked who funds them. I'm a volunteer, too. Great point, Chris.
It's funny how Soros became the whipping boy of the reactive right. Imagine, someone with money to burn actually contributing to progressive causes! The whole concept must just knot up their stomachs.

Of course, Soros is Hungarian, which explains why he is fresh meat for the noodle brains (foreigner, and all that, from some weird little country with a language no one can understand).

He also happens to someone with great vision whom I truly admire. But you are quite right, this movement, which at its core promotes compassion, common sense and civil rights, draws its strength from the blood, sweat, tears and donated time of countless unsung activists.

Let us know if George responds! Great letter!

Again I say, the criminalization of marijuana has nothing to do with its "dangers" and everything to do with keeping cops and other law enforcement types employed as well as keeping down the competition for recreational drugs for the benefit of Big Pharma.

Pharmaceutical companies proclaim their concern about teens using pharmaceuticals for recreational purposes, but they lie just as Big Tobacco lied when it claimed not to be targeting children and teens.