There's no shortage of stoners in Oregon, but for a number of different reasons, there's a huge shortage of funding in its perpetual campaign to legalize weed. Since this is an election year, it should've been Oregon's big chance to become the first state to completely legalize marijuana. With only a month to go, though, the campaign to rally voters behind the measure, known as the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, which is already on the ballot, is in utter disarray. Their measure isn't polling well, the locals are upset and they only have $1,800 in the bank. That's pretty pitiful compared to Colorado which has raised close to a million bucks for a similar measure there. Nearby Washington State has raised $4 million.
Paul Stanford is the guy in charge. As the chief petitioner behind the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, it's his job to mobilize fellow marijuana activists around the measure and raise the money that it takes to get things done. Stanford raised the initial $350,000 it took for a signature-gathering effort to get the measure on the ballot in July, but his efforts seem to have stalled after a series of reports exposed some of his financial troubles in the 1990s. Then he got sued for $38,000, which more or less wiped out the money he raised since then. In swooped another set of activists who set up their own political action committee to make a mad dash for the finish line. They raised a few thousand but then spent most of it, giving them only $1,800 for the final push.