|Dustin Moskovitz has given $70,000 so far to support Prop 19 for marijuana legalization in California.|
Facebook billionaire Dustin Moskovitz has confirmed that he recently gave $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which seeks to legalize marijuana in California this November.
Moskovitz had already given $20,000 to the effort in an earlier donation, reports Luisa Kroll of Forbes. Prop 19 would allow people 21 or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would also permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of pot.
With his public support of cannabis legalization, Moskovitz joins other billionaires such as Peter Lewis, who has donated $12,800 to Oregon’s medical marijuana initiative, Ballot Measure 74, also to be decided by voters next month.
Lewis, who was arrested for cannabis possession in New Zealand about 10 years ago, has been a longtime supporter of legalization. He reportedly smoked marijuana for pain relief after his left leg was amputated.
Moskovitz, who is America’s youngest billionarie and who is played by actor Joseph Mazzello in the new Facebook movie The Social Network, apparently had no additional comments at this time.
Moskovitz left Facebook in 2008 and started Asana, a software company that says it allows individuals and small companies to collaborate more effectively. The company, which has several of the same early financial backers as Facebook, lists some of its corporate values as pragmatism, “chill-ness” and “being a mensch.”
Forbes estimates that Moskovitz’s entire $1.4 billion fortune comes from his 6 percent stake in Facebook.