Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

July 26, 2010
Sex toys retailer pumps $100,000 into California marijuana push

A new campaign committee supporting California's initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use is being backed by a wealthy entrepreneur in other forms of recreation - sex toys and porn.

Philip D. Harvey has donated $100,000 to the Drug Policy Action Committee to Tax and Regulate Marijuana. The committee is backing Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, allow small residential cultivation and permit local governments to tax and regulate pot sales.

Harvey, so far the only listed donor to the committee, is president of Adam & Eve, a North Carolina mail order and retail firm that has been billed as America's largest provider of sexual products and adult films.

Harvey is also a philanthropist involved in family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention. He is president of DKT International, which distributes condoms and contraceptives to poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Harvey's website features a 2004 profile by The Economist magazine. It describes him as a "famously libertarian" man who looks "more like an academic than a sex magnate" and who has "broadened his fight for free speech and individual choice" to "America's war on drugs."

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