Hey, if there were only some rock and roll to go with the sex and drugs, this would be a perfect story.
A new campaign committee to support Prop 19, California’s initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use, has a wealthy donor: the president of Adam & Eve, a mail order firm selling sex toys and porn.
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|Phil Harvey runs Adam & Eve, the largest online sex toy retailer in the United States. He’s also contributing $100,000 to the cause of legalizing marijuana in California this year.
The November ballot initiative to legalize possession of up to an ounce marijuana for adults over 21 would also allow small residential cultivation in a 5×5 garden and permit local governments to tax and regulate pot sales.
Harvey, so far the only listed donor to the committee, is also a philanthropist involved in family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.
He is president of DKT International, which distributes condoms and contraceptives to poor countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Harvey is also the author of a 2001 book, The Government vs Erotica: The Siege of Adam & Eve
which details the various prosecutions, beginning in 1986, of his company by the federal government for “violating community standards.” (Harvey ultimately prevailed, though at great financial cost.)
Harvey’s personal website
features a 2004 profile by The Economist
magazine which describes him as a “famously libertarian” man who looks “more like an academic than a sex magnate.”
The article says Harvey has “broadened his fight for free speech and individual choice” to “America’s war on drugs.”