Cards Against Humanity Gave $70K To Help Legalize Marijuana In Illinois

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 3, 2017 7:32PM

Less than a month after taking aim at the so-called "pink tax," the Chicago company behind your favorite deliberately offensive party game is taking its political conscience into green pastures: Cards Against Humanity announced today that they've donated $70,000 to help the effort to legalize recreational marijuana use among adults in Illinois. They're partnering up with the Marijuana Policy Project in the mission.

The funds were raised from the sale of "Weed Packs," a special deck of cards that CAH released two weeks ago. The donation will support the effort to pass pro-legalization legislation that was introduced in March. If the bill passes, people 21 and over would be allowed to buy, grow and posses limited amounts of marijuana. Sales would be taxed and regulated. (Here's a primer on the legislation that Chicagoist published on 4/20.)

“We’re proud to support the Marijuana Policy Project because our current marijuana laws are failing,” said CAH head writer Jo Feldman in a release. “Nationally there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. The MPP has been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws for the better, in Illinois and nationwide."

"Also, I could really go for a bean chalupa," Feldman added, in vintage, prankster-y CAH fashion.

The Weed Pack is still for sale, and proceeds will continue to fund the Marijuana Policy Project, according to CAH.

Gov. Bruce Rauner earlier this year said he is "not a believer that legalizing more drugs will help our society" and called for a "thoughtful analysis" of states that have legalized marijuana. A study earlier this year found that 74 percent of Chicago voters are in favor of legalized recreational pot use. Supporters argue that the bill would improve community safety, help boost the economy and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.