People are calling to boycott Discount Tire after a large donation against legalizing cannabis in Arizona.
The $1 million contribution was to the group opposing Proposition 205.
If Proposition 205 passes, cannabis would be legal in Arizona for those of drinking age.
Discount Tire’s Facebook page has been flooded with comments from angry customers.
By now it is painfully clear that the war on drugs has been a complete failure. It has ensured non-violent criminals receive jail sentences that are often irrational in comparison to the severity of their crime, costed taxpayers billions of dollars, and wasted an uncountable amount resources.
Discount Tire opposes the legalization of cannabis
Apparently, the negative impact of the failed war on drugs did not bother Phoenix-based company Discount Tire and their billionaire owner Bruce Halle. The company recently donated $1 million to oppose Proposition 205, a ballot that would make cannabis legal in Arizona.
The propaganda fueled donation did not sit well with customers of Discount Tire. The Facebook page of Discount Tire’s has been flooded with angry comments from disappointed customers. Halle must not have realized that roughly half of the registered voters in Arizona are for Proposition 205, meaning a lot of pissed off residents are calling for a boycott.
If Proposition 205 passes, cannabis possession would be legal for anyone of drinking age. Cannabis users would be able to carry up to an ounce of product, and between an ounce and 2.5 ounces would be punishable by a $300 fine.
Halle is said to worth roughly $6.3 billion, so a boycott against Discount Tire will most likely not force Halle to lose any sleep, however, his employees may not feel the same way. Following the donation, his employees will most likely get the brunt of the attack.
The $1 million donation was made to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. The largest opponent to Proposition 205. While the large donation will not be enough to guarantee Proposition 205 fails, it is more than enough to ensure the radio and airwaves are pummeled with anti-cannabis propaganda.
While Discount has, by far, made the largest donation, the ARDP has had its share of hefty donations. Larry Van Tuyl, who sold his string of car dealerships to Warren Buffet, donated $100,000. Empire Southwest LLC has been a large backer of the ARDP and decided to kick in another $150,000 this last month. There have also been at least three donations of $10,000.
The ignorance of this donation has fueled a boycott against Discount Tire that the company has most likely never seen before. A smaller boycott of the tire store occurred in August after Discount Tire posted “Re-Elect Sheriff Joe Arpaio” signs in their stores. Arpaio is known for his dislike of the Latino community and is looking to face charges after violating a federal judge’s orders in connection with a discrimination case, Melendres v. Arpaio.