Oregon Down to One Cannabis Ballot Initiative

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For a while, it looked like there might be more than one recreational cannabis law for Oregon voters to weigh in on this November. This last Friday, however, the cannabis businessman backing two of the measures announced on his Internet Cannabis show that those measures will not be on the ballot this upcoming election.

Last Friday, June 20th, Paul Stanford confirmed on his internet show, Cannabis Common Sense, that the amount of signatures they still needed was beyond what they could reasonably expect to collect before the deadline on July 3rd, 2014.

The remaining ballot initiative, being sponsored by New Approach Oregon, has reportedly already reached 100,000 signatures and has raised over $1,000,000 in funding from out of state. That means that they’ve already surpassed the more than 87,000 signatures that were needed.

Stanford had a similar issue when he worked on the 2012 legalization initiative in the state. Outside funding groups believed it would fail to appeal to mainstream voters. It’s not clear if additional funding (and therefore advertising) would have made a difference in 2012, as the ballot initiative lost 53% to 47%.

His campaign has been plagued with issues this time as well, including a strike by some of the people who had previously worked collecting signatures.

People in Oregon remain hopeful that the somewhat more restrictive but also likely more broadly appealing ballot initiative that New Approach Oregon is backing will pass during the general election.

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