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June 19th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

Was Men’s Wearhouse founder’s support for legalizing marijuana the cause of his ousting?

The founder and executive chairman of Men's Wearhouse clothing stores has been booted out of a job.

George Zimmer. You may not know his name, but you know his voice:

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While Men's Wearhouse isn't saying why Zimmer was dumped from the company he started 40 years ago, Zimmer made it clear there was a rift.

In a statement today, he said: "the board has inappropriately chosen to silence my concerns through termination."

Zimmer had unorthodox views on illegal drugs. He refused to require criminal background checks on employees, and vocally supports legalizing marijuana.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Zimmer helped fund California's Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana.

Outfront tonight: CNN Contributor Margaret Hoover and the other half of this dynamic duo, John Avlon, writer for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.


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