Many big-money donors, such as George Soros, played a major role in the state's pathbreaking 1996 medical marijuana initiative. But this year, Proposition 19 has attracted few large donations.
Two years ago, when Californians were voting on an initiative that would have trimmed prison time for nonviolent drug offenders, Bob Wilson, a wealthy New York City investor, spent $2.8 million on the ultimately unsuccessful campaign to get it passed.
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