One Oregon Advocate for Legalization of Marijuana Bites the Dust

William Panzer’s latest law blog post.

According to an article recently completed by The Oregonian, Paul Stanford, a medical marijuana businessman, has been forced to withdraw his campaign efforts to qualify two ballot measures for the November ballot. The measures included one proposed constitutional amendment that sought to give all Oregon adults the right to possess up to one and a half pounds of marijuana; to receive approval to run with this amendment, just over one hundred and sixteen thousand signatures were needed to be gathered via a petition. The other item was a companion statutory measure, which provided framework for how marijuana could be grown, sold and taxed in the state.


Many believed Stanford’s proposition was too lenient, allowing for the possession of too much of marijuana in the hands of the adults of Oregon. When he first proposed this plan in the 2012 elections, many multimillionaire donors and sponsors thought the plan was too broad to attract mainstream attention and support. Ultimately, his proposition lost in 2012, with a vote of fifty-three percent to forty-seven percent.
This time around, sponsors and donors felt very similarly.

Most of the major out of state donors that were responsible for successfully passing Washington state’s 2012 initiative to legalize marijuana chose to back the New Approach plan. This plan, which is a bit stricter in its limitations on marijuana possession, has gained the attention and approval of the general public, with the help of sponsors such as Peter Lewis, a billionaire insurance magnate, and Drug Policy Action, a New York-based group critical of the nation’s war on drugs. The approval comes in part by the limitations on the proposition, that only allow for adults to possess one half of a pound of marijuana; only one ounce may be carried in public.

Stanford announced retiring his campaign via his Internet video show, entitled Cannabis Common Sense. He declared that he would not be able to get the required number of signatures before the petition deadline of the third of July. Even with the loss of this campaign, it is believed that New Approach’s efforts will result in a likely passing of legislation to legalize the possession and use of medical marijuana in the state of Oregon.

from William Panzer Law


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William Panzer is a lawyer practicing in the Oakland, CA area supporting medical marijuana initiatives.
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