Story by John Hoeffel

Featured in: “LA Times”

With the election less than a month away, the campaign to pass Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization initiative, is pulling in some high-dollar donations.

On Thursday, the owners of a natural soap company and a hemp clothing store announced a $100,000 contribution to pay for a voter registration drive aimed at California’s college students. That followed a $100,000 donation made Monday by Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, a former president of Facebook and now a venture capitalist.

David Bronner, the president of Escondido-based Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, announced the $100,000 donation to Students for Sensible Drug Policy in The Huffington Post. He put up $75,000 and the founders of Capitol Hemp in Washington, D.C., donated $25,000.

“Something like this will benefit everybody in America, and we just want to do our small part,” said Alan Amsterdam, a co-owner of Capitol Hemp. “It’ll trickle down to the rest of the states.”