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US gaming tycoon Sheldon Adelson gestures during a press conference at the Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore on June 23, 2010.  Asians' love of gambling is so strong that the equivalent of five Las Vegases in the region will not be enough to satisfy demand, US gaming tycoon Sheldon Adelson said.    AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheldon Adelson is one of America’s wealthiest people. Adelson owns the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and his casino interests place him as the 18th richest man in the world, worth around $28 billion.

The 82-year-old Adelson also vehemently opposes cannabis legalization and single-handedly defeated Florida’s medical marijuana bill two years ago. With legal marijuana very much on the nation’s (and Nevada’s) agenda this fall, Adelson just gave Donal Trump his firm endorsement.

That endorsement could mean very little, or, as Attn points out, could be Adelson’s way of impacting Trump’s stance on marijuana. While Trump has, in the past, stated his cautious support for medical marijuana and state-by-state legislation, Trump’s true feelings on the cannabis industry remain somewhat unknown.

The man that sits behind Trump at his speeches, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is arguably the only person who despises the marijuana revolution more than Sheldon Adelson. Adelson’s endorsement of Trump may not mean much in the way of marijuana, but if he is donating funds to Trump’s campaign (a likelihood), Adelson will surely occupy real estate in Trump’s ear.

That means marijuana’s two most dangerous and powerful opponents would literally be right behind Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Along with his effort in Florida, Adelson has also forced the Las Vegas newspaper he owns to retract its pro-cannabis stance.

Given that over 80% of Americans support medical marijuana in the United State, Donald Trump will likely say all the right things leading up to November’s vote and continue to seem like he’s for medical marijuana. But no one truly knows whether or not that voiced stance is reality or a mirage.

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