Facebook founders donate $170,000 towards cannabis legalisation

Californians will vote next month in an effort to legalize the usage of cannabis in the US state.

The Financial Department of the legalization (proposition 19) campaign has revealed monetary donations were received by co-founders of the popular social networking site, Facebook.

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker is giving USD 100,000 (EUR 70,967) to the push for the legalisation of cannabis in California. His contribution follows two donations by his fellow co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz, totalling USD 70,000, the UK Guardian reported.

"What's interesting here is that (Parker) is a member of the generation that really gets it," said Stephen Gutwillig, a spokesman for the Drug Policy Alliance, the main beneficiary of Parker's contribution. "We think he's pivotal to the future of drug policy reform in the country."

The news comes a month and a half after Facebook rejected ads campaigning for proposition 19 containing the image of a marijuana leaf – Facebook marked them as ‘illegal content’.

Polls suggest voters will approve legalising cannabis. A survey by Public Policy Polling last month found 47% for and 38% against.

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