Big Donation To Campaign To Legalize Marijuana

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A California businessman known for big donations to marijuana legalization efforts is planning to hand Colorado's campaign a $50,000 check Tuesday.

David Bronner of the natural soaps company Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps planned to make the donation in Denver.

Bronner says he favors the measure because it also would legalize hemp, and his company imports 20 tons of hemp-seed oil each year from Canada. Hemp cannot be grown legally in this country, and Bronner says legalization could save his company money.

Bronner also gave $75,000 to a legalization effort two years ago in California. His company is in Escondido.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law an industrial hemp pilot project on Monday. But that pilot is aimed at soil remediation, not commercial hemp production.