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With Deadline Looming, Over 40% Of Submitted Signatures Deemed Invalid For OCTA


oregon state marijuanaOregon marijuana legalization initiative posts less than two-thirds of valid signatures needed to make the ballot

The campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon through a statutory initiative was dealt a blow this week when the Secretary of State’s office revealed the results from the verification of signatures turned in during the early submittal period. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act has posted 55,869 valid signatures with 87,213 valid signatures required by July 6 in order to place marijuana legalization before the voters in November.

Of the 107,992 unverified submitted, 12,436 were rejected before the verification process, leaving 95,556 unverified signatures. From those, 55,869 were found to be valid, for a validity rate of 58.47%. However, if one recognizes the originally submitted figure of 107,992 as a barometer of petitioning effort and success, the validity rate falls to 51.73%.

With just 55,869 signatures, OCTA has only 64% of the total needed to make the Oregon ballot in November. Activists now have three weeks to collect 31,344 more valid signatures. Given the previous 51.73% turn-in validity, this would mean 60,592 signatures are likely needed to give Oregonians the chance to vote on a marijuana legalization initiative.

Paul Stanford of THCF

Paul Stanford of THCF

The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act is the brainchild of Paul Stanford, an Oregon marijuana legalization activist with over three decades of dedication to this cause and owner of the nation’s largest chain of medical marijuana evaluation clinics. On the June 4th debut episode of The Russ Belville Show, Stanford was sanguine about the chances of OCTA making the ballot, saying,

There is an excellent chance this year, right now we’re at about 120,000 total signatures… we figure we need to get it up to 140 or 150 thousand to ensure that we qualify… we’re going strong, gathering about 10,000 signatures a week and we’re very confident that we’re going to make the ballot with the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act this year.

150,000 signatures at 51.73% equals 77,595 valid signatures, or 9,618 signatures short of making the ballot.

For more updates as they become available and an audio clip of Paul Stanford’s quote, visit the post at RadicalRuss.com


About Author

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.


  1. eating_sunshine on

    TWB helped defeat the Reefer madness AG, are they going to step up to the big time and help this get on the ballot? This is much bigger than the AG race!

  2. Wow, come on Oregon, get it togethor and round up those signitures. There is a chance to make history this year and it is going to reguire extreme efforts. There is just enough time left given proper methods, push push, push…

  3. Who cares enough about marijuana legalization to start a political Super PAC to promote marijuana legalization political candidates?
    United States Marijuana Party candidate Cris Ericson has been certified to be on the offficial election ballot in Vermont for the general election Nov. 6, 2012, and she is running against incumbent Bernie Sanders for the U.S. Senate seat, and she is also running against incumbent Peter Shumlin for Governor of Vermont.
    2008 WNYT Cris Ericson  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzjpmkfpi8s
    2004 & 2010 Cris Ericson C-Span BIO: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/crisericson
    2006, 2008, 2010 CCTV Cris Ericson: http://www.cctv.org/%22cris%20ericson%22
    UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY in Vermont  http://usmjp.com

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