Paul Stanford Info


Paul Stanford is an American political activist and businessman who is also the founder and president of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), THCF Medical Clinics, and the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH).

Paul Stanford and Krishna Andavolu of the HBO series 'Vice'

Paul Stanford and Krishna Andavolu of the HBO series ‘Vice’

Paul is an Entrepreneur with expertise in hemp, cannabis and medical marijuana, and business and nonprofit management. Paul founded and manages medical clinics in several states, and founded and manages national political organizations. In 1988 Paul arranged financing and bank letters of credit for import/export of cargo container shipments of hemp products to and from Asia, Europe and North America.

Paul Stanford in Las Vegas

Paul Stanford

In 1988, Paul started Tree Free Eco Paper and arranged manufacture of hemp paper in China and Europe. Tree Free Eco Paper imported hemp paper and marketed to businesses and the public via mail order.

Paul Stanford

Paul Stanford

Paul Stanford shoots an episode of Cannabis Common Sense

Paul Stanford shoots an episode of Cannabis Common Sense

Since 1999, Paul’s current business The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation has operated medical clinics in 12 states helping patients obtain their state’s medical marijuana permits. THCF has helped over 250,000 patients to date and growing. THCF also produces Paul’s live weekly TV show, Cannabis Common Sense. THCF Medicinal Gardens in Oregon has won many awards for their medicine’s quality.  THCF prints a newspaper, Hemp News, which has also been on-line since 1991 and is the oldest online publication still operating today.  Hemp News is also available in Spanish.

Paul Stanford president of TCHF

Paul Stanford president of TCHF

Paul Stanford with medical marijuana garden

Paul Stanford with medical marijuana garden

Another one of Paul’s businesses, which was founded over 25 years ago is the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of hemp (CRRH). CRRH is a federally registered political committee, a 501c4 under IRS rules. CRRH is working to end adult marijuana prohibition and to restore industrial hemp to a prominent role in the world’s economy. CRRH placed Oregon’s Measure 80 to legalize hemp and cannabis on the ballot in 2012, which obtained 47% of the Oregon vote on Nov. 6, 2012, and continues the political work for global cannabis freedom.

Paul Stanford speaks at 2008 Hempstalk

Paul Stanford speaks at 2008 Hempstalk

Paul is an award winning cannabis cultivator and has given away over 200 kilos of free marijuana a year to sick and dying patients over the last 12 years.  He grows this medicine in legal medical cannabis gardens licensed by each state that he works in.  The THCF medical cannabis garden in Portland, which has been featured dozens of times on local and national news (including CNN), is the most high profile medical cannabis garden in America!  Paul grows his medical marijuana using a proprietary blend of techniques that utilize all organic methods to provide the healthiest medicine possible for the hundreds of patients that he helps every year.  Some people ask how can he afford to give all this medicine away for free to so many patients, and he always responds to them by saying how can he afford not to help the sick and dying with the medicine they need.  Paul considers it an honor and a duty to help medical marijuana patients get the medicine they need.

Paul swept a recent Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards winning the top three places. He took first place with his version of a strain known as Lemon Pledge, second with a strain called Train Wreck, and third with his Dynamite.  Paul also won an honorable mention for best flavor with his Green Lantern.  Paul continues to grow many award winning cannabis strains and in 2015 he has entered the High Times Cannabis Cup.

Paul Stanford accepting his medical cannabis awards

Paul Stanford accepting his medical cannabis awards

Paul is an associate producer and actor of a comedy adventure film, The Green Goddess.

Paul Stanford associate producer of The Green Goddess movie

Paul Stanford associate producer of The Green Goddess movie

Paul continues his political activism today working on multiple fronts and continuing to write, work on and finance legalization petitions in Oregon and other states. He continues to be a leader in legalizing marijuana and hemp in the USA, and supporting global cannabis freedom. Paul is considered one of the most well known and high profile hemp and cannabis activists in the country, appearing in hundreds of print publications and news stories.

Paul Stanford appears on TV show Your Voice Your Vote

Paul Stanford appears on TV show Your Voice Your Vote

One of the most noteworthy accomplishments in Paul’s distinguished career is when he got Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who hosts his own show on CNN, to do a complete 180 on medical marijuana.  Paul read a story in Time magazine where Gupta came out strongly against medical marijuana telling his readers “I’m here to tell you, as a doctor, that despite all the talk about the medical benefits of marijuana, smoking the stuff is not going to do your health any good. And if you get high before climbing behind the wheel of a car, you will be putting yourself and those around you in danger.”

After reading this article Paul told Anderson Cooper and Joe Johns in May 2009 that he wanted to debate Gupta. He gave Cooper and Johns electronic copies of medical documents on medical marijuana for Gupta, with linked citations to hundreds of studies, organized alphabetically by medical condition.

That’s when Gupta did his 180 and said that marijuana has definite medical value.  Now Gupta is probably one of the most high profile people who supports medical cannabis.  Check out this video to see Gupta’s change of heart;
Cooper opens the second segment at 4:46 into this video, citing Paul as saying, “…science shows marijuana has health benefits. Does it?” Gupta comes on and contradicts his article published five months before, saying yes, it does. I think it’s fair to say that Paul single-handedly turned Gupta from the dark side. But no one could predict Gupta would become one of our biggest advocates.
And check out this harrowing account from 1983 of Paul’s first arrest as a political activist;

Blocking a Payload of Death

March 22, 1983
By Paul Stanford

If anyone had told me a week before that I would be in a sheriff’s car handcuffed with a nun, on the way to jail, I probably would have told them they were crazy. But here it was really happening. I had just been busted for laying in front of an armored train that we believe was carrying over one hundred hydrogen bomb warheads to America’s newest nuclear nightmare, the Trident submarines.  READ MORE…..