Help us Help Ohioans
During the holidays, many people find ways to help those less fortunate. That mission is a year round calling for the Ohio Rights Group. Passing the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would provide healing for our most afflicted, provide jobs to the unemployed and usher in a healthier more prosperous Ohio.
Our farmers, veterans, elderly, sick, imprisoned and unemployed would all be afforded a better life though your generous contribution. We ask that you consider the Ohio Rights Group as one of the non-profit charities that you will support this holiday season.
The Ohio Rights Group would like to wish you a safe and joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Let’s win this in 2014, so all Ohioans can have a chance at a safer, happier and healthier life.
John Pardee, President
The Ohio Rights Group
For those interested in legitimate therapeutic cannabis and reemergence of industrial hemp this event should not be missed.
The Ohio Rights Group is almost one year old. The speed with which interest in the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment and its statewide network has grown is nothing less than extraordinarily. Help us celebrate this amazing year by joining us for a fun and informative evening:
- Event: Hempy Holidaze
- Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013
- Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm
- Where: Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212
- Admission: (those 18 and older) suggested $10 donation
The Columbus Free Press | December 5, 2013 | by Mary Jane Borden
In Memory of Peter Lewis
The passing of a billionaire hardly goes unnoticed and Peter Lewis is no different. In drug policy circles, on either side of the fence, he needs no introduction. At age 80, Peter died in his Florida home on November 23, 2013. He will be remembered for far more than just his money.
I’d like to say that I knew Peter, but in truth, I never personally met him. Yet, in the six degrees of separation, we’re only one degree apart. He had probably seen my name many times, and I, his. He knew some of the same people well who I know well. However, the times that I could have met him, I made other choices.
The 2001 Drug Policy Foundation Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico serves as but one example. On the expansive hotel staircase leading to the ballroom in which Peter would be speaking, I encountered one of my new reform colleagues (now a long-standing and trusted friend). “Come upstairs with me and meet Peter Lewis,” he urged. Bedazzled by all of the famous faces I had met that weekend, I nodded, yes. But my heart lay elsewhere – the trip to Albuquerque served the dual purpose of being a celebration of my 25th wedding anniversary. I could meet Peter Lewis, or leave with my family. I chose the latter. That one degree of separation remained in place. Later, I incidentally learned that, instead of me, Peter met with Rob Kampia, the Executive Director of the newly formed Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), who presented him with a business plan that, over the course of coming decade, would spend millions of Peter’s money on marijuana reform.
Those funds were transformative. Peter headed a Fortune 500 company, and he brought his business-focused acumen to what had heretofore been a loosely knit, poorly organized, largely clandestine and consequently tainted “movement.” Through MPP, he established a competitive grants program driven by business principles like goals, objectives, milestones and budgets. The winners weren’t those with the loudest bullhorn, rather the best plans. READ MORE
The Leaf Online | November 11, 2013 | by Jane Hash
Ohio takes aim at 2014 with popular initiative
The Ohio Rights Group, headed by John Pardee, is leading the Buckeye State toward legalizing Therapeutic Cannabis and Industrialized Hemp. This swing-state has until July 3, 2014 to gather 385,247 valid signatures from registered voters to get their Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA) on the ballot.
This is based upon the requirement to have 10% of the last governor's election statewide. Of that, at least 44 counties of the 88 are required to have at least 5% valid signatures based upon the last governor's election. As of the beginning of September, they had gathered approximately 30,000 signatures.
This grassroots effort has gained the support of several NORML chapters, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and some rather influential friends including Mimi Peleg and Cheryl Shuman. Both ladies are fierce Cannabis activists who were born and raised in Ohio.
Peleg is now Director of Large Scale Cannabis Training for MECKAR, Abarbanel Hospital, in Israel. In July of this year, she was the keynote speaker at an Ohio Rights Group event in Youngstown, Ohio where she focused on current Cannabis research she is involved with as well as her experience with policy implementation.
Shuman’s area of specialty however, is Public Relations and Marketing. In October, this self-proclaimed “Martha Stewart of Marijuana” made the most of her media savvy skills while doing a ten-day Ohio tour with the Ohio Rights Group to help promote their campaign.
Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment Highlights
Accords Ohio residents age 18 and older, who have a debilitating medical condition and meet eligibility requirements, the right to use, possess, acquire and produce Cannabis (marijuana). Children may qualify with the written consent of a parent or guardian. Eligibility will be initially tied to a list of over 30 debilitating medical conditions, which can be expanded.
Permits eligible individuals or organizations to grow, process and purchase therapeutic Cannabis in various forms such as whole plant, tinctures, edibles and salves.
Allows commercial production, distribution and taxation of both therapeutic Cannabis and industrial hemp.
Permits eligible Ohio residents to cultivate hemp for thousands of uses: paper, fuel, foods, building materials, clothing and more. Declassifies hemp as a drug and delegates its regulation to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Jane Hash is a Certified Natural Health Professional who empowers students across the country to make healthy life choices. She hosts the “Holistic Vitality Education Channel” on YouTube, the “Hash It Out With Jane” podcast available on iTunes, and blogs for The Mobility Resource.
Three Counties Meet Their Minimum Signature Requirements
Good news! Three counties have met their required minimum totals for signatures: Lucas, Marion and Hocking. Way to go you guys! The Toledo chapter has really stepped up and solidified our first major county effort and we couldn't be more proud. And Marion and Hocking are doing amazing things for being such small chapters. Way to go teams! The map below shows the target minimum signature totals needed for ballot placement in each county. We will soon begin posting our progress by county so everyone can see how far each county has come and how far to the finish line. The counties with green stars have a county captain in place and you can contact that person by clicking on the county and you can also find the local Facebook page through this map too. Any county without a green star needs a captain, so if you live in one of these counties and want to take the lead, please contact our county captain regional coordinators. Keep up the great work Ohio. United we win!