Oregon Pot Measure Struggles as Washington, Colorado Thrive

As marijuana legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington pick up steam, a similar push in Oregon seems to be going up in smoke.

More than $4 million has flowed to Washington and close to a million in Colorado.

Yet in Oregon — a state with one of the nation’s highest rates of pot use and a reputation for pushing the boundaries on marijuana laws — organizers are looking at a bank account with just $1,800.

Marijuana activists who have ploughed big bucks into campaigns in the other two states complain the Oregon measure is poorly written and doesn’t poll well. It didn’t qualify for the ballot until July, severely limiting the time available to sway voters.

They also don’t care for the man with a blemished record who’s pushing Oregon’s measure.

“That’s just the hard, cold reality,” said Allen St. Pierre, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “They simply do not trust and will not work with the locals there.”

– Read the entire article at FOX News.


1 Comment

  1. Ron G. on

    I think Allen meant to say “we”, not “they”. Allen, if you’re going to turn your back on those of us in Oregon, at least you can do it in the first person. Sure, Measure 80 reads like a Jack Herer screed, and yes, Paul Stanford is a poor spokesman for reasons beyond his IRS troubles (for instance, his “can you repeat the question” performance at the Portland City Club didn’t do much to raise the intellectual image of pot smokers).

    However, at its core Measure 80 provides a complete regulatory structure for real legalization without any of the distasteful problems of I-502 to our north. NORML and other national organizations should use their considerable influence to overcome the minor socio-political issues that are hampering Measure 80 instead of putting their eggs in the other two baskets.

    I hope Oregon pot smokers will remember this snub after November 6, the next time NORML asks us for support.