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Willie Nelson Publicly Endorses the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012

Country music legend Willie Nelson recently publicly endorsed and recorded public service announcements in support of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act as being a benefit to farmers and the economy.

oregon cannabis tax act 2012Nelson states in the PSA, “I urge you to support the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act to regulate marijuana and restore industrial hemp. This initiative will end adult cannabis prohibition and let our criminal justice officers focus limited resources on real criminals, not on marijuana users like me. OCTA will also allow farmers to grow hemp for fuel, fiber and food, to create jobs and help our economy. Please support OCTA. Thank you.”

“Willie’s endorsement will bring more attention to OCTA 2012, which is important right now,” OCTA 2012 Chief Petitioner Paul Stanford said. “His fans cross all musical boundaries, and they are listening.”

According to Stanford, “Willie Nelson has been an on-the-record supporter of ending cannabis prohibition for many years. I have known him for over 20 years. We are grateful for his continued support.”

If passed by the people of Oregon, OCTA 2012 would regulate the legal sale of marijuana through state licensed stores, allow adults to grow their own, license Oregon farmers to grow marijuana for state-licensed stores and allow unlicensed Oregon farmers to grow hemp for fuel, fiber and food.

When passed it will:

  •     Create jobs in the hemp industry.
  •     Save an estimated $61.5 million in law enforcement, corrections and judicial costs.
  •     Raise an estimated $140 million a year by taxing commercial cannabis to adults.
  •     Direct 90% of funds created to the Oregon General Fund.

A nationwide October 2011 Gallup Poll found 50% of Americans support legalizing marijuana use.

“We are going full steam ahead. We have signature gatherers all over the state, meeting with groups and attending events. We have a way to go, but we are on target to reach our goal. Still, we need donations to help get this done. Every dollar contributed means signatures, and brings us closer to changing a very bad law- prohibition,” Stanford said.

The signature collection in the campaign has surpassed the 50,000 signature mark. 87,213 valid signatures are needed to qualify for the November ballot. The campaign has until July 6, 2012 to collect the needed signatures.

The certified ballot title of OCTA 2012 is as follows:

Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of a “Yes” Vote: “Yes” vote allows commercial marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state-licensed stores; allows unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a “No” Vote: “No” vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statutes that permit regulated medical use of marijuana.

Summary: Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession and delivery are prohibited; regulated medical marijuana use is permitted. Measure replaces state, local marijuana laws except medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws; distinguishes “hemp” from “marijuana”; prohibits regulation of hemp. Creates commission to license marijuana cultivation by qualified persons and to purchase entire crop. Commission sells marijuana at cost to pharmacies, medical research facilities, and to qualified adults for profit through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of net goes to state general fund, remainder to drug education, treatment, hemp promotion. Bans sales to, possession by minors. Bans public consumption except where signs permit, minors barred. Commission regulates use, sets prices, other duties; Attorney General to defend against federal challenges/prosecutions. Provides penalties. Effective January 1, 2013; other provisions.

Contact: Paul Stanford, Campaign Director

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012

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