By John Pardee
OHIO: Paige needs a hero. Ohio needs a lot of heroes. The little girl in this poignant video is but one of many thousands of Ohioans who are suffering due to a lack of safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis.
We have many families in Ohio with kids who suffer from Dravet Syndrome and epilepsy who could surely benefit from this amazing plant. Presently Ohio families with children like Paige, have to make tough choices: move for treatment and leave behind their families, careers and homes, or stay put and endure the barrage of seizures and permanent brain damage that come with these debilitating diseases.
Children with these diseases who have access to low THC and high CBD cannabis strains like the famed Charlotte’s Web, have experienced a dramatic reduction in their seizures. One in ten stop having seizures altogether. Many families don’t have the ability to relocate.
The Ohio Rights Group is working hard to get the proposed Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment on the ballot this year. But we have a steep hill to climb and no time to lose. The Amendment will allow for both therapeutic cannabis and industrial hemp that will help our ailing citizens as well as bring a valuable and environmentally friendly cash crop to the agricultural heartland.
Passing our Amendment can help people from coast to coast and the world over. You see,compassionate Florida citizens have already qualified a medical cannabis bill for 2014 election and if you all help us qualify in Ohio that could spell the end of Federal Cannabis prohibition.
Ohio and Florida combined are the political epicenter of America. If both Ohio and Florida turn this November, no candidate for President in 2016 will be able to win the White House without vowing to end prohibition and citizens all over the country will finally be freed from the shackles of this failed and flawed program.
When America stops prohibiting cannabis, the world will follow. And as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. We ask that you help us be the catalyst for change, for freedom, for common sense and compassion. “United we win” is our motto and we need all citizens the world over to hear our plea and join our cause.
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Recent counts confirm the addition of Athens County to the list of four Ohio counties that have met their minimum number of signatures. The procedures for placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot require signatures to be obtained from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and the signatures in each of these 44 counties must equal at least 5 percent of the total vote cast for the office of governor in that county at the last gubernatorial election.
The map shows the target minimum signature totals needed for ballot placement in each Ohio county, and is currently being updated to reflect the addition of Athens County. County-based signature gathering for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is led by County Capdonate.jpgtains, and over 70 Ohio counties have one in place. If you are interested in gathering signatures or leading a county, please visit our Volunteer page, and select your county, fill out and submit the form to the ORG. We'll be in touch.
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United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Endorses the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment
(Columbus, OH): The Ohio Rights Group is delighted to learn that Region 4 and UFCW locals 75 and 1059 have formally endorsed the ORG’s effort to place the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment on the 2014 ballot. This region and the locals are part of the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
Specifically, the UFCW supports the state regulated medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis by eligible Ohio residents who have been diagnosed with defined debilitating medical conditions. They endorse the establishment of an Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to regulate the distribution of medicinal and therapeutic cannabis in its various forms to eligible residents. Estimates show that passage of this measure could help alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands of sick, dying and disabled Ohioans. The union also backs the industrial use of hemp, which would benefit farmers, as well as production, manufacturing, distribution, and agricultural workers.
ORG President John Pardee expressed his gratitude to the UFCW for their endorsement, stating, “This powerful and influential union clearly understands the potential that passing the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment and unleashing the many uses of the cannabis plant will have for Ohio. The movement of this plant into a legal, regulated framework will add a compassionate treatment option to alleviate the suffering of so many Ohioans, while simultaneously bringing new green jobs and economic development to Ohio. The Ohio Rights Group is honored to have the UFCW walk hand in hand with thousands of devoted parents and brave veterans, hard-working farmers and forward thinking doctors, nurses, police officers and business leaders, all united to win passage of this amendment in 2014.”
With more than 75,000 members throughout the state, the UFCW is one of Ohio’s largest private sector unions, and an important voice on issues like health care, workplace standards and economic development that work for working families. In the U.S., the UFCW represents thousands of medical cannabis workers in six states and the District of Columbia and unites them in its Cannabis Workers Rising project.
Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment - Progress Report
The Ohio Rights Group is quite proud of the group that has coalesced around the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment. Our organization epitomizes Margaret Mead's infamous quote about the sea of change that can result from a small group of thoughtful people. To illustrate what we have accomplished, the Progress Report - Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment displays various counts that illustrate our remarkable progress just since May 2013 when the OCRA was certified by the Ohio Attorney General for statewide signature circulation. These accomplishments are framed against a number of County Captains tabling and collecting signatures at various locations. Stats include:
- Total petitions purchased so far: ~12,000
- Total petitions currently in statewide circulation: ~8,000
- Completed petitions returned to HQ: ~1,600
- Blank petitions on hand awaiting a circulator: ~2,500
- Average signatures per petition: 23
- Total signatures databased: ~45,000
- Signatures from downloaded petitions: ~2,000
- Potential signatures in circulation:~60,000-130,000
- Volunteers signed up from website: 2,044
- Ohio Counties led by County Captains: 70
- County Captains + Regional Managers: 87
- Counties that have met their 5% minimum: 4
- Permanent signing locations: ~20
- Active Ohio college campuses: 12+
- Number of paid circulators: 0
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ORG @ Apeks
Apeks Supercritical hosted the Ohio Rights Group for a tour of its facilities in Johnstown, Ohio, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 2:00 pm. Immediately following the tour, Apeks Supercritical President and military service veteran Andy Joseph presented the Ohio Rights Group with a check for a pledged donation of $10,000. The purpose of this pledge is to spur similar donations, with the goal of obtaining at least nine others to match it for a total of $100,000. The Ohio Rights Group will largely use the funds to hire disabled and out-of-work veterans to gather signatures for the proposed Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.
Apeks Supercritical designs, builds, tests, and refines subcritical and supercritical CO2 botanical oil extraction systems, used in part for the extraction of these oils from cannabis and hemp in order to create concentrates for medicinal use.
The Leaf Online | January 21, 2014 | by Jane Hash
Cannabis can keep kids healthy in Ohio
he struggle and success story of one little girl has put a growing number of parents on the move — literally.
Charolette Figi made headlines in the US and around the world when she was featured in an August 11, 2013 CNN special by Dr. Sanjay Gupta for using CBD-rich cannabis oil to treat her seizure disorder. The oil has no psychoactive effect but brought a much higher quality of life to the child.
Since then, several Ohio families have decided that, if their children can’t have safe and legal access to CBD-rich cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they are kissing the Buckeye State good-bye. But they aren’t going without a fight.
These families are the most recent supporters of the Ohio Rights Group (ORG) who have been flooding the local media with their heart wrenching stories. Their collective goal is to get the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA) on the November 2014 ballot and ultimately passed. This will allow Ohio residents with certain medical conditions access to cannabis. READ MORE