October 23rd, 2013
The Gallup poll has indicated that a majority of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana. Fifty-eight percent replied yes when asked if they thought the use of marijuana should be made legal, the Gallup polling institute said Tuesday. Thirty-nine percent said no, and three percent held no opinion.
Support for legalization was stronger among Americans aged 18 through 49, and among Democrats and those who described themselves as independents on the political spectrum.
Its findings mirrored a Pew Research Center poll, released in April, in which 52 percent of Americans said the use of marijuana should be made legal, a rise of 11 percentage points since 2010.
Factors behind the trend, Gallup said, include the growing medicinal use of marijuana and a pledge from President Barack Obama’s administration not to challenge the sale of marijuana in states that have made it legal.”Whatever the reasons for Americans’ greater acceptance of marijuana, it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States,” Gallup said.
Gallup said these results were based on a random sample of 1,028 adults interviewed by telephone on October 3-6, giving a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association said “Now, it’s time for Congress (in Washington) to act on this clear public mandate by taking action to end the failed experiment of federal marijuana prohibition.”
October 11th, 2013
The Ohio Rights Group is collecting signatures to get their amendment on the 2014 Ohio ballot. Three of the eighty eight counties have already met their required totals for signatures; Lucas, Marion and Hocking.
August 13th, 2013
I’ve been following this proposal for a while and I didn’t feel that it would be accepted by the Attorney General for several reasons. It was not specific to several issues that needed to be addressed. Thus it was rejected by Attorney General Mike DeWine.
The proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio, was submitted by a group called Responsible Ohioans For Cannabis, on August 2, 2013. The petition (End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012) group submitted 2,034 signatures of registered Ohio voters, more than double the 1,000 required.
It was rejected August 12, 2013 by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
DeWine cited several reasons why the submitted summary was not “fair and truthful” as required by state law.
DeWine said the submitted ballot summary “omits references to amendment language which repudiates federal cannabis prohibitions” and language saying “persons cannot be considered to be under the influence of cannabis ‘solely because of the presence of metabolites or components of cannabis in his or her body.’ ”
The summary did not reference language in the body of the amendment saying that Departments of Agriculture and Commerce would be responsible for overseeing the program.
He also faulted the summary because it says education will be provided about the “medical harms or benefits from the personal use of cannabis products,” when in fact the full amendment includes no such provision.
Three other medical marijuana issues, have been already been approved by state officials, The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment, The Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment, and The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.
July 28th, 2013
Willie Nelson and his Teapot Party have endorsed the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment and the Ohio Rights Group.
On Friday, July 19th supporters and activist joined together in Cincinnati for a Willie Nelson concert. Willie personally endorsed the OCRA and the ORG in a private event held before the concert.
Some others at the private event were; Russ Hurley who is running for Congress in 2014; Stacey Theis, driver/owner of the Cannabus; Linda Bumpass, Hamilton County ORG Captain (pictured with Willie Nelson); Lynne Wilson who founded Hemprock Radio and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky chapter of Willie Nelson’s TeaPot Party; James Cameron from Michigan; Tony Vance of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, and Jim Berns Libertarian candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati.
July 19th, 2013
The Ohio Rights Group (ORG) is currently collecting signatures to have an amendment to legalize marijuana in the State of Ohio placed on the state ballet in 2014.
Along with several forums across the state, the ORG is holing events where the petition can be signed. The petition signing that began mid July is in the beginning stages but appears to be very well organized, and should be in full swing by the busy Labor Day Holiday.
Petition signing has been met with much acceptance from people I have encountered while conducting a signing at an event on July 18.
Ohio is looking to join 18 other states (and the District of Columbia) to legalize marijuana. The Ohio Rights Group, a non-profit is pushing for the Cannabis Rights Amendment to get on the ballot in November 2014.
July 19th, 2013
On Thursday for a forum organized by the Ohio Rights Group held an educational forum about the benefits of Medical Cannabis for patients who need it in the State of Ohio. The non-profit is pushing for the Cannabis Rights Amendment to get on the ballot next November.
State Rep. Bob Hagan, D-Youngstown, who was present recently introduced 2 bills regarding Marijuana legalization in the State of Ohio.
On Thursday, some of those for the measure, Including Rep. Hagan, Mimi Peleg, and ORG President John Pardee spoke out during a forum in Youngstown.
Supporters answered several questions such as who would be eligible, what benefits it would have, and how the law would be regulated.“We have done everything we could to make sure it stays out of the hands of children, to make sure it goes to those that are chronically in pain and to those people that absolutely need it,” explained Hagan.
Keynote speaker Mimi Peleg addressed the concern that legalizing it would increase illegal use. “Cannabis needs to be seriously considered for its medical value, it needs to be distributed responsibly and safely and monitored,” said Peleg.
No matter the argument, patients who said it would benefit them want others to give it a chance. The Ohio Rights Group (ORG) is currently collecting signatures to have an amendment place on the state ballet in 2014.
July 16th, 2013
Join the Ohio Rights Group for and educational discussion and dinner** at the Lemon Grove, 110 Federal Plaza West, Youngstown, Ohio 44503, from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. on Thursday July 18th.
Join ORG President John Pardee for a night of education and discussion, as he welcomes Mimi Peleg back to Ohio. Originally from the Youngstown area, Mimi has helped create and manage Mechkar, Israel’s thriving, federal government approved, medical marijuana distribution center. Mimi earned her BA in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley in 1993 where she focused on quantification and organizational sociology. In Israel she has worked for both HP and Check Point in the field of security. She is currently a Contract CRA for the MAPS MDMA/PTSD study at Beer Yackov and the Director of Large Scale Cannabis Training for MECHKAR, Arbarbanel Hospital Bat Yam. Prior to moving to Israel she held computing positions at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana. She is co-author (with the late Robert Anton Wilson) of Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups.
Rep. Robert Hagan (D), Ohio House District 58, will also be on hand to discuss the current state of medical marijuana legislation and how it relates to the Ohio Cannabis Rights Act, currently being promoted by ORG for inclusion as a Constitutional Amendment on the Ohio 2014 election ballot.
There is no charge for this unique event. A dinner and reception will follow.
**Dinner costs are not included.
June 6th, 2013
David J. Barton, MD has been a medical physician for more than 29 years since graduating from the University of Utah School Of Medicine. He is board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. He holds memberships in the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the American Telemedicine Association. He is also a board-certified pain-medicine physician and owner of Hawaiian-Pacific Pain and Palliative Care. He has been an advocate for the use of medical cannabis since 2008.
“I was first exposed to a group of chronic pain patients on the Big Island who were using cannabis as their sole pain medication, or sometimes in combination with pain pills. Having no personal experience with marijuana use, I found it quite fascinating that so many people found benefit and relief to their chronic pain conditions using cannabis.” Read more »
May 28th, 2013
The ORG’s kickoff press conference is on Wednesday, May 29th at 11:15 am in Room 114 at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio Ballot Board unanimously determined that the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment pertains to only one issue, which was the final hurtle that the Ohio Rights Group had to leap in order to begin its campaign to collect the 385,000+ signatures necessary to place this measure on the ballot.
The campaign has begun in earnest on May 23, 2013 and we are confident it will be on the ballot for the 2014 election. We want the ORG presented in the best light possible. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is unlike any prior statewide ballot initiative. Instead of offering a “get out of jail free card” for quantities of possession, the OCRA grants an affirmative right to therapeutically use cannabis. Read more »
May 23rd, 2013
The Ohio Rights Group achieved a milestone with the certification of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Certification by the Attorney General (OAG) represents the first step in a process that will place this proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the statewide ballot.
On May 7, 2013, the Ohio Rights Group (ORG) delivered to the OAG’s office at total of 179 petitions containing 2,058 signatures of purported registered Ohio voters from 60 Ohio counties. In accordance with Ohio law and upon submission of petitions containing at least 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters, the Attorney General (OAG) must determine whether the Amendment’s summary “is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law or constitutional amendment.” On May 17, 2013, the OAG confirmed that the ORG’s “submission was accompanied by more than 1,000 valid signatures” and then certified “that the summary is fair and truthful.”
Upon rendering his certification, the OAG is charged with referring the proposed Amendment to the Ohio Secretary of State for determination by the Ohio Ballot Board that the measure contains only a single issue. The ORG is confident that its language meets this requirement. Read more »