June 2nd, 2015 – (Video) Global Cannabis March 2015: Paul Stanford – End Prohibition

Every year at the Global Cannabis March our companies (the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp / The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation) are one of the main sponsors.  I am always invited to speak on the issues as well.  I consider this an honor and look forward to this great event every year.  Thanks to all the people who volunteered and came out to support the Global Cannabis March in 2015!

Global Cannabis March 2015: Paul Stanford – End Prohibition

May 5th, 2015 – Oregonlive.com: Phillip Leveque, early advocate for medical marijuana in Oregon, dies

This was a sad day for all Oregonians and cannabis activists in General.  My good friend and one of the most outspoken advocates of medical marijuana Dr. Phillip Leveque passed away at age 92.  Dr. Leveque was one of the first physicians in Oregon to sign off on patients’ use of the drug after the state’s medical marijuana law was passed in 1998.  He was a regular co-host of my weekly show, Cannabis Common Sense.  We hosted 350 episodes of the show together between 1998 and 2006.

He is gratefully appreciated by many, many thousands of people in the state.  Dr. Leveque, you will be missed.

Here is the story;

http://www.oregonlive.com/marijuana/index.ssf/2015/05/phillip_leveque_early_advocate.html

March 29th, 2015 – Oregonlive.com: After legalization, marijuana events fighting for a foothold in Portland

This is an story that appeared on Oregonlive.com about the Oregon Hemp Convention that had its second event in Portland.

The story goes on to say “nobody in Portland understands the struggle of organizing large-scale marijuana events like Paul Stanford. The local marijuana advocate started Hempstalk in the early 2000s, and has faced pressure from police and city officials practically every step along the way.

The Portland Parks Bureau’s permitting refusal sounds like an endgame, but Stanford sees it as just another roadblock.

In November Hempstalk’s lawyer filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging a denial of free speech. Stanford is so confident of their case that he’s not even looking for another venue. He expects Hempstalk to return to Waterfront Park, without a doubt.

“We’re still fighting the city,” he said. “This is a free speech issue and they can’t tell us we can’t do this … we’re not going to take ‘no’ for an answer.”

Yep, that’s right, no one understands the struggle of organizing these large scale events like I do.  We do believe that Hempstalk will continue this year as it always has.  I look forward to the day when we can spend our time holding these events as opposed to fighting the City of Portland and negotiating so much bureaucratic red tape.

Here is the story;

http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/03/after_legalization_marijuana_e.html

February 2nd, 2015 – Salem News: Oregon Farmers can Legally Grow Hemp as of Now!

A really good story by one of my favorite newspapers, the Salem News, about how hemp hasn’t been grown in Oregon since 1957, when prohibitionists went on the offensive and demanded a total ban on hemp production…  but this spring that all changes.

As of today, the State of Oregon has accepted the rules presented by the (legislative) committee and will accept applications to become a hemp farmer, handler, or hemp seed producer.

I’m so excited that we can finally grow hemp in our beautiful state!  I have been working towards this goal for over three decades and it’s finally here.

We are looking at getting a hemp crop in the ground next year.  This year we will concentrate on building our seed collection of “real” (not low THC ‘fake’ hemp) cannabis hemp, and next year we will plant a whole field.

Once we grow a field of real hemp and we can get the yield numbers, we will share this information with the world to help the argument that hemp is the greatest plant on the planet, and the best one for our farmers to grow.

Here is the story;

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february022015/oregon-hemp-farming-bk.php