Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch said he will contribute $25M to towards criminal justice reform and legalization. Koch, who doesn’t consume and says he regrets stoking partisanship while supporting an array of right wing causes — “Boy, did we screw up. What a mess!” — sat down with Forbes to discuss why he supports the movement.
- “It should be the individual’s choice,” he said. “[Prohibition] is counterproductive. It ruins people’s lives, creates conflict in society and is anti-progress. The whole thing never made sense to me.”
- “By criminalizing [cannabis], it has huge negative manifestations, not only for the individuals who get trapped in that system, but for society,” he said. “We want a society that empowers people to realize their potential and contribute, but with these laws you block out millions of people.”
- His legalization group is the Cannabis Freedom Alliance.
- Reporter Will Yakowicz suggests, “In a country where hyper-partisanship defines the political landscape, an ideological influencer like Koch might be the key to getting legalization passed.”