#4 Sheldon Adelson
Should anyone be wondering if money can buy an election, just look to Florida. November's ballot included a citizen referendum to amend the state's constitution to legalize medical cannabis, and it came within 2% of passing the 60% threshold for success. A huge reason for its failure was the $5 million provided by casino mogul and America's 12th richest man, Sheldon Adelson. As it turns out, he was responsible for 85% of the total amount raised by Drug Free Florida, the organization leading the opposition to the amendment. To prove that his Reefer Madness is worthy of winning this matchup, Adelson's own medical research foundation has produced a study showing that cannabis can be an effective treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. Clearly he is unaware that medical cannabis can also counteract dementia!
#5 Andrew Cuomo
On the other side of this middle-seed contest, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presents an equally disturbing conundrum. After opposing many aspects of the proposed medical cannabis law and forcing legislative proponents to compromise until the bill became the strictest in the nation, the Governor did a virtual about-face and asked that its implementation be expedited... after the death of an epileptic 9-year-old whose mother was one of the strongest advocates for the bill. This kind of transparent political grandstanding has no place in something as serious as planning for a state to allow life-saving cannabis medicine.
It's choosing time.