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Casino Head Spends Millions Against Pot Amendment

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is helping a group that wants to defeat a constitutional amendment that would allow the use of medical marijuana.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show that Adelson gave $2.5 million to a political committee trying to defeat Amendment 2. Adelson is a high-profile Republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. His company has pushed unsuccessfully to expand casino gambling in Florida.

Adelson is the largest donor so far to the Drug Free Florida Committee. The group has raised slightly more than $2.7 million since it was formed in March.

Voters will decide in November whether to approve the amendment.

The group pushing the amendment to allow medical marijuana is primarily being funded by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan.

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