Organizers lack 'wherewithal' for pot initiative

Organizers lack 'wherewithal' for pot initiative
FILE - In this March 28, 2011 file photo, Paul Stanford stands between plants in his marijuana growing facility in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Marijuana legalization advocate Paul Stanford has all but snuffed out his effort to put a pair of recreational pot legalization measures before Oregon voters.
   
Stanford announced Friday on his Internet show that his campaign stopped paid collection of signatures because it lacked the "wherewithal" to qualify for the November ballot by the July 3 deadline.
   
The campaign had gathered around 50,000 signatures, Stanford said, well shy of the 116,000 required for its proposed constitutional amendment and 87,000 for a proposed statute.
   
A group of petitioners for Stanford's campaign went on strike earlier this month, citing delays in paychecks and other issues.
   
Supporters of an alternative pot legalization measure backed by wealthy out-of-state donors announced early last week that the measure already gathered well more than the 87,000 signatures it needed.

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