Save Someone You Love video
The Ohio Rights Group is proud to announce the release of the video: Save Someone You Love. The group hopes that the video and its message will help the public understand why it is important to vote for and pass Issue 3. The video was produced in honor of those whom the ORG serves: Ohio’s sick dying and disabled who make medicinal use of the cannabis plant.
Issue 3, titled on the ballot as “Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes,” is better known by its original title, the “Marijuana Legalization Amendment,” which is being fielded by the Responsible PAC (RO) as a citizen-led constitutional amendment.
For the past 3 years, the Ohio Rights Group has grown into the leading voice for Ohio’s cannabis patients. The group’s mission, purpose and passion underpin who it is and guides its advocacy. These values help define the principles on which the ORG stands that include ending medical cannabis prohibition and expanding rights and protections to those whose lives depend on safe access to legal medical-grade marijuana. Based these principles and values, the Ohio Rights Group takes the following positions.
- The Ohio Rights Group will work with any credible group and support any effort that advances the objectives of ending cannabis prohibition and expanding patient rights.
- The Ohio Rights Group opposes Issue 2, called the “Anti-Monopoly Amendment." Toward that end, the Stand Up 4 Your Rights PAC has been formed to educate the public and the media about Issue 2, which, if passed, would severely limit the citizen-led ballot initiative process, instrumental to ending medical cannabis prohibition and expanding patient rights.
- The Ohio Rights Group believes that Issue 3, the “Marijuana Legalization Amendment,” represents a good first step. Permitting Home Grow and legalizing simple possession will alone lay the foundation on which all other patient rights can be built. Passing Issue 3 would not only end the plant’s prohibition, but as importantly, would lift the ban on scientific research that has thwarted its adoption as a legitimate medicine.
- Those who oppose Issue 3 have failed to demonstrate a viable alternative. Their opposition exposes patients to the political whims of an intransigent legislature, and has misled them into placing their trust in disorganized, woefully underfunded and poorly conceived grassroots efforts.
- Although the Ohio Rights Group initially opposed Responsible Ohio, now Issue 3, we engaged them in the late spring and by doing so, advanced needs and interests of both patients and growers.
- The Ohio Rights Group helped develop a plan to appoint an independent patient Ombudsman whose sole responsibility will be to make sure that patient needs and rights are always the first consideration.
- The Ohio Rights Group worked directly with RO to find ways of giving hundreds of Ohio’s best cultivators the opportunity and incentives to ply their trade as independent growers on selected sites. A number of owners have agreed to this plan in which these growers would have minority ownership and retain intellectual property rights to the strains they develop.
- The Ohio Rights Group strongly supports the non-profit International Cannabinoid Institute to be built in Licking County as a comprehensive medical cannabis research center. This $24 million facility will utilize state-of-the-art technology to develop individualized strains of marijuana attuned to various illnesses, while creating a non-profit medical marijuana insurance program to provide medicine at a reduced cost or no cost to patients in critical need.
Understanding what is at stake for Ohio’s patients and knowing that a similar opportunity will be unlikely in the foreseeable future, the Ohio Rights Group stands with National NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups in encouraging Ohio voters to support the passage of Issue 3 as a good step toward ending medical cannabis prohibition and providing Ohio’s sick dying and disabled safe access to this beneficial plant.
The Ohio Rights Group is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of Ohioans to make medical, therapeutic and industrial use of the Cannabis plant and supports the growing number of individuals, organizations and industries facilitating those uses. The organization has been fielding the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment, based on Article 1: Bill of Rights in the Ohio Constitution, which reads, all Ohioans are, “by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.”
P.S. You can view the Save Someone You Love video by clicking here.
Vote NO on Issue 2!
The Ohio Rights Group issued this press release concerning Issue 2 that will appear on the fall ballot under the title "Anti-Monopoly Amendment." While protecting the Ohio constitution from being used for personal economic benefit may sound laudable, Issue 2 goes far beyond that. Enacted with only ten days of legislative debate from introduction to passage, Issue 2 (formerly know as House Joint Resolution 4) would bestow the power of determining if a measure is being used for such a purpose to just three politically appointed members (majority vote) of the five member Ohio Ballot Board. Campaigns for even the most popular and meritorious issues would be subjected to Issue 2 only after they had spent millions of dollars to collect and submit over 300,000 signatures. Even if all ballot placement procedures were correctly followed, these three individuals would still have the power to determine if the measure is a "violation" regardless of whether it is or not. The only recourse for an improper designation is an expensive and time consuming appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Issue 2 will have a chilling effect on the ballot initiative process that has served for over 100 years as an effective tool for Ohio citizens to use to redress their grievances over issues that the legislature has repeatedly failed to address. Such issues include the freedom to marry, redistricting, collective bargaining and marijuana. Please join the Ohio Rights Group and Vote NO on Issue 2.
To advocate against passage of Issue 2, the ORG has formed the "Stand Up 4 Your Rights" political action committee (PAC). if you are interested in helping out, please fill in and submit your information on the Volunteer Form below.
Please also review these important links from the website of the Ohio Secretary of State.
Ballot Language for Issue 2. See how prejudicially the Ohio Ballot Board wrote the description of Issue 2 for the fall ballot.
Explanation of Ballot Language for Issue 2. This short description fails to include all of the provisions of Issue 2 including the requirement that an affirmative determination be termed a "violation." whether it otherwise is or not.
Argument for Issue 2. These bullet points were clearly composed to sell passage of the amendment, not to inform voters about a pending change to the long standing procedures that govern ballot initiatives, an important citizen-led tool for social change.
Argument Against Issue 2. This argument "against" reads as if it endorsed passage. It fails to tell the full story about Issue 2 even using just of the few points mentioned above.
Joint Resolution. This is the full text of House Joint Resolution 4 that, after hasty passage by both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, was referred directly to the fall ballot without the signature of the governor. Please carefully read this resolution, and see if you find it a vague and confusing as we do. Attorneys have rightly concluded that it makes no sense.