ohio-medicalmarijuana.com has been involved with this issue for the past three years, trying to get some type of Medical Marijuana bill or issue passed in the State of Ohio. From the OMCA ‘s failed effort, to following legislative proposals introduced to the members of the State House of Representatives, to different awareness initiatives, ballot issues, and rallies.
I’m a volunteer with the ORG (Ohio Rights Group) and have been involved in the efforts to collect enough signatures across the state to get this issue on the Ohio ballot, so that the people of this State can decide for themselves.
The ORG has done a very good job of raising awareness, getting volunteers, organizing rallies, and collecting signatures. They have accomplished a lot in a very short time. They however have had some bumps along the way. In there efforts to put county captains into place they hit some problems with finding qualified people to organized events and signature drives. They are working through this and replacing those that did not prove to be effective.
With all that said, the ORG just released the latest figures they have compiled on their website www.ohiorightsgroup.org
According to the recent figures they have 45,000 signatures in their database with another potential 60,000 -130,000 signatures on petitions currently outstanding.
With the July deadline approaching to get the required 385,000 signatures needed to get the issue on the November Ballot, the numbers do not add up. While the signature drives and efforts are gaining momentum the numbers just do not support a reasonable percentage of signatures needed.
The ORG would need to get 340,000 + signatures in the next 4 months to reach the 385,000 signatures required. This would not be impossible, but realistically the odds are not in the ORG’s favor.
It looks like Ohio may have to start looking at 2016 for a Medical Marijuana issue to be on the ballot.