New Approach Oregon, the organization behind the initiative to legalize cannabis in Oregon which recently qualified for this November’s ballot, has raised over $1 million in their effort to get the initiative passed into law, according to state finance reports.
Philip Harvey, a resident of Washington, D.C., was the largest individual contributor, giving $150,000 to the group. Henry van Ameringen from New York gave $100,000 as the next largest individual contribution, and the late Peter Lewis, former CEO of Progressive Insurance, contributed $96,000. Other major contributors include Drug Police Action ($360,000) and Oxyley and Associates ($49,500).
New Approach Oregon’s initiative would legalize the use, possession and distribution (through cannabis retail outlets) of up to eight ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants.
The group recently released its first commercial promoting its effort; the commercial, for the moment, is internet-exclusive.