Founder and president of Portland-based medical marijuana organization, The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, Paul Stanford, was sentenced in Marion County Court to 18 months of probation and 160 hours of community service, the state attorney general’s office announced.
Attorney General John Kroger applauded Stanford’s conviction. “Paying taxes is not optional,” Kroger said. [...] Officials discovered Stanford hadn’t filed income taxes while investigating his organization for violating state and federal charity laws. The group has filed only sporadic financial reports, officials said.
Upon close of the investigation in 2010, the IRS revoked the non-profit organization’s tax-exempt status and assessed more than one million dollars in payroll taxes; the organization purportedly owes back taxes to the Oregon Department of Revenue as well.
Source: Oregon Live