Oregon: Stanford Pushes To Legalize Cannabis
By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town/Special to Hemp News
If Paul Stanford has his way, cannabis will become legal in Oregon next year. The executive director of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) is working to get a measure on the ballot in 2012 to legalize marijuana in the Beaver State.
Pot should be taxed like cigarettes and alcohol to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state, according to Stanford, who said cannabis would be regulated and sold to people over the age of 21, reports Joe Raineri at KATU.
"We want to regulate it so that businesses like bars and taverns that bar the admission of minors can offer that as a business," Stanford said.
According to Stanford, legal marijuana would bring a steady flow of cash for Oregon.
"Alcohol revenues bring in about $75 million," he said. "It will create lots of new jobs. It will create all these new industries. We think it will be billions and billions of dollars in the long run."
About 90 percent of the revenue brought in by legal marijuana would go to the state's general fund.
In order to get the measure on the ballot, Stanford needs to get nearly 90,000 signatures.
Opponents of legalization seemed unable to come up with a better reason than old stereotypes like the "amotivational syndrome," which has already been disproven.
"Typically, people that are smoking marijuana become more apathetic, and they lose their desire to get out, work, and accomplish things," claimed opponent Wayne Turner, seemingly unaware of the irony of his words, given that Paul Stanford is one of the hardest working men in Oregon.