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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pro-Pot Sinquefield Son Continues Father's Tradition of Bankrolling Campaigns

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 7:15 AM

click to enlarge A pile of high-grade marijuana, of which Cool Guy Luke is apparently a fan. - FLICKR/DANK DEPOT
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  • A pile of high-grade marijuana, of which Cool Guy Luke is apparently a fan.

Rex Sinquefield's son Luke appears to be following in his father's mighty campaign-financing footsteps — only instead of concerning himself with matters of destroying public education and eliminating taxes for the rich (booooring), he's putting his money's votes toward legalized marijuana (oh hell yeah bro).

Campaign finance reports released by New Approach Missouri, a committee working to legalize medicinal marijuana in our state, show that Luke donated some $40,000 to the cause in December.

The younger Sinquefield, hereafter referred to as "Cool Guy Luke," listed his address as one in scenic Pacific Palisades, California, and his job as "self-employed," which we all know is code for "surfing and relaxing, chill vibes man, let's shred some gnar." It is easy to see, then, how he developed such an enlightened attitude toward plant-based medicines.

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That $40,000 was a part of the $394,000 total that New Approach Missouri was able to raise by the end of 2015 in its efforts to get a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot in November. The group describes itself as "a coalition of patients, veterans, law enforcement and medical professionals that formed in 2015 to make Missouri the 24th state that allows state-licensed physicians the option to recommend medical marijuana to patients with debilitating illnesses." It says it will use the money to collect signatures for the petition, starting on February 2 and running through May 8. The campaign needs roughly 160,000 signatures to get its measure to the people for a vote. 

The finance reports list several other major donors who would probably be fun to party with as well. A St. Louis-based farmer named Stephen Phillips plunked down $20,000. Columbia restaurateur Thomas Smith was good for $51,000. Clayton physician Jaeyoung Yoon dropped $30,000 on the cause. Several donations were made in the name of business and political entities as well, including St. Charles' Health Grow LLC ($49,000), Missouri NORML ($6,975) and Show Me Cannabis ($47,574).

“The outpouring of support we’ve received in favor of Missouri doctors and their seriously ill patients having access to medical cannabis has been astounding,” says Lee Winters, president of the New Approach Missouri board. “2016 is the year we begin to put patients and doctors back in charge of their treatment options.”

More information on Luke's Cool Guy Club, including how to donate or sign, can be found at New Approach Missouri's official website.

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