Broker of Marijuana Licenses Faces Tax Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man who describes himself as the nation's largest broker of licenses for medical marijuana has been arrested and charged with failure to pay state income tax for two years.

Paul Stanford, the 50-year-old founder of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, was charged on Monday with failing to file personal income taxes in 2008 and 2009.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 21.

Stanford did not return calls or text messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, founded in 1999, operates offices in nine states. According to its website, it has helped more than 100,000 patients obtain state permits for medical marijuana.
It lost its federal tax-exempt status last year.

Stanford also hosts Cannabis Common Sense, a weekly local cable access show.

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