Powerful Group Aims Marijuana Measure at 2014 Ballot


The prospects for marijuana legalization in Oregon are looking stronger. Anthony Johnson, the director of the advocacy group New Approach Oregon, tells WW today that his group will pursue a ballot measure next year. "Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 election," Johnson says. The decision by New Approach Oregon to back a ...   More
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Paul Stanford Files Pot Initiative For 2014: Updated


The politics of marijuana are going to get a lot more complicated. Paul Stanford, a longtime marijuana activist whose legalization effort, Measure 80, failed in 2012, yesterday filed an initiative petition for 2014, seeking to change the constitution to legalize pot.During the current legislative session, powerful interests from around the country came to Oregon to move towards the kind of legalization ...   More
Friday, June 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

WW Endorsement Video: If Pot is Legal, Will More Kids Smoke?

Proponents of Measure 80, the Marijuana Legalization Measure, were in our office last week for their editorial endorsement interview. (The opponents were represented by Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo, who was on speakerphone). For those in favor of Measure 80, one of the dicier issues is kids—will passage of this measure encourage more children to use marijuana?  In this clip, Roy Kaufmann, ...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

Cannabis Activist Paul Stanford Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion


 Longtime Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford today pleaded guilty in Marion County Circuit Court to one count of Oregon personal income-tax evasion. Stanford agreed to a sentence of 18 months' probation and 160 hours of community service.The charge stems from Stanford's failure to file a 2009 tax return. He was also accused of failing to file his 2008 return when he was indicted earlier ...   More
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cannabis Supporters Return With Another Ballot Measure Campaign


After failing to gather enough signatures last year to put a marijuana-legalization question on the state ballot, supporters of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act kicked off a new initiative effort today that would put that question to voters in November 2012. The initiative must collect 90,000 valid signatures from Oregon voters by July 2012 for there to be a ballot question. And campaign manager Jennifer ...   More
Monday, March 28, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Blowback: Pot Activist Paul Stanford Criticizes DOJ After Arrest


As noted in today's Murmurs column, noted Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford is hitting back at the Oregon Department of Justice after his March 8 arrest for failing to pay taxes.On March 21, Stanford filed a motion to dismiss (PDF) the two felony charges against him in Marion County Circuit Court. In Stanford's motion, he accuses the DOJ of engaging in a politically motivated attack and smear ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana Crusader Paul Stanford Arrested for Tax Fraud


Longtime Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford has been arrested for tax fraud, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Justice.Stanford, who heads a nationwide chain of medical-marijuana clinics, has a reputation as a controversial figure in pot activist circles, and his financial woes were first detailed in a 2007 profile of Stanford we titled "King Bong." The IRS last year ...   More
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Activist Begins "Oregon Cannabis Commission" Petition Drive for 2012

Oregon Liquor Control Commission? Try the Oregon Cannabis Commission. Cannabis activist Paul Stanford has filed a new initiative aimed at the 2012 state ballot that would establish a seven-person Oregon Cannabis Commission to regulate the cultivation and sale of cannabis for sale. For all adults. "This wouldn't just make marijuana for medical use," said Stanford. "It would also be [legalized] ...   More
Thursday, January 20, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Anderson Cooper Wants to Hit our Joint

We already knew Oregon has some of the best weed in the nation. Now CNN wants a hit. WW has word that a crew from Anderson Cooper 360 will be in Portland this weekend reporting for a series on marijuana legalization. Titled "America's High," the series airing next week is already advertised on Cooper's website. A camera crew will attend Oregon NORML's medical-marijuana cardholders' meeting ...   More
Friday, June 12, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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