HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Donate to Ohio Rights GroupWe have a HUGE HUGE announcement planned for next Tuesday, the day after Labor Day. We have a very special new addition to the Ohio Rights Group that will put our movement on the national stage. To ensure this is a smashing success, we need you all to help out. So we are asking all of our 5,000+ followers to donate at least $5 on this Friday. So this Friday (or before), please visit our website and make a small donation to help us cover the upfront expenses. Next month, our new game-changing superstar will be crisscrossing Ohio to help us energize the state, garner NATIONAL support for our cause and this event will put us a long way towards meeting our goal of getting our Amendment on the ballot. So please, donate no later than Friday. With your generosity, we are going to make history in Ohio. Thank you all.

United We WIn!

John Pardee, President
The Ohio Rights Group

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Campbell man's pot petitions draw police attention

corey.jpg"City police were dispatched to the corner of Wilson Avenue and Center Street late Wednesday morning when a citizen reported seeing an S-U-V displaying a sign that read, "Medical Marijuana"."

http://www.wfmj.com/story/23218830/campbell-mans-pot-petitions-draw-poli...

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Veterans using Cannabis for PTSD

timthumb.jpg"Are you a veteran that uses cannabis to combat PTSD and/or other ailments?  If so, we need your help.  We are putting together a promotional pamphlet and would like to include your story.  We do not need to use your full name, and will protect your identity if that is a concern.  If you can assist, please email Lissa atlissa@ohiorights.org"

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Comfest 2013

comfest-4.jpgMany Thanks to Hawke Trackler for his videography work on behalf of the Ohio Rights Group. Check out his excellent work covering our efforts at Comfest this summer.

http://vimeo.com/72213033

Comfest 2013 was held June 28 - 30 in Columbus Ohio.

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United We Win!

united_JP_image.jpgThe Ohio Rights Group and the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment are fine and it's still full steam ahead. The Amendment application rejected by the Ohio Attorney General in the news on Monday pertains to another group's attempt at achieving what we so proudly accomplished last May: approval from the Ohio AG and the Ballot Board to commence the signature-gathering phase. 

Placing an amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the ballot is a difficult process and a rejection is a tough hurdle. We understand that. It has come to our attention that the group who’s proposed Amendment was rejected by the Ohio AG is contemplating a redraft of their language and resubmission of it to the AG. Instead, we sincerely hope they decide that a unified Ohio will be unstoppable and to set their Amendment aside and focus on joining forces behind the one Amendment that can and will win in 2014, the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment. 

It has been said that we first need to take the patients and the farmers off the battlefield of the drug war. To be anything other than singly focused on this goal puts any kind of reform in Ohio at grave risk, perhaps for years to come.

If we fail learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. The lesson I took from all of the competing reform attempts in 2012 is “divided we fall”. That is why I am so often quoted as saying “United We Win!” and I couldn’t be more sincere in my commitment to this idea. The majority of Ohioans support therapeutic cannabis, well over 60% in recent polling. Twenty states now have some form of permitted cannabis use and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. We intend to join them, but we can’t do so by working against one another.

It’s time for all reform minded Ohioans to come together under one banner and join a winning team. The Ohio Rights Group has the best Amendment that has been called a ‘model for the nation’ by nationally recognized reformers. 

I’m so proud to be the president of such a promising venture. What began as a small band of dedicated reformers has exploded into a vibrant statewide organization that is already garnering national attention. Everyday I’m blown away by the ever-increasing list of professionals who offer to join our team to do their part to win this important victory. We have the strongest team of policy experts, business and labor leaders, political allies, and an ever-growing army of volunteers from the Ohio River to the Lake Erie shore. They see the professionalism of our team and the fact that our Amendment is expertly written and tailor-made for Ohio. The industrial hemp component will free Ohio farmers to grow hemp for food, fuel and fiber while the therapeutic cannabis language will protect ailing Ohioans and their caregivers from arrest, prosecution or property seizure.

If we are to be successful, we need to unify behind the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment and be laser-focused on getting it on the ballot in 2014. This will require a lot of hard work on all of our parts. As of today, we have a little over 10 months to collect the requisite number of signatures for ballot placement so we have no time to waste. We need to continue to grow our ranks and fund our cause so our two biggest needs are dedicated volunteers who can contribute their available time and talents and we need your generous donations because running a statewide ballot drive is an expensive endeavor. 

We have some exciting developments planned for the coming weeks so get ready for this effort to get thrown into high gear very soon. But in the meantime, stay active, donate generously and often and let’s make sure that all Ohioans understand the importance of our battle cry “United We Win!”

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New Online T-shirt Store!

it-s-just-a-plant.anvil-unisex-value-fitted-tee.white_.w380h440z1.jpgOhio Rights Group would like to introduce our new online t-shirt store!

TONIGHT ONLY everything on this site is 40% off! What a great time to get a brand new Ohio Rights Group shirt or tote bag! Please share this great deal with you friends. Together we are the change!

http://skreened.com/ohiorightsgroup/it-s-just-a-plant

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Israel's Medicinal Cannabis Program and What it Could Mean for Ohio

mimi.jpgOhio Rights Group Welcomes Mimi Peleg, Director of Mechkar, Israels National Cannabis Storage, Packaging & Distribution Group to Youngstown

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.

Join us at the Lemon Grove, 110 Federal Plaza West, Youngstown, Ohio 44503, from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. on Thursday July 18th, a dinner and reception will follow. Dinner costs are not included.  There is no charge for this unique event.

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Lorain International Festival

queen-court.jpgSIGNING OPPORTUNITY IN LORAIN COUNTY!

The Lorain International Festival and Bazaar is the premier event of the summer for Lorain, Ohio and the ORG will be there collecting signatures. Find us next to the beer booth!

Black River Landing
Downtown Lorain behind the Palace Civic Center
Friday, 5-11pm
Saturday, 12noon-11pm
Sunday, 12noon-6pm
Cost: $2 per person, children under 12 are free

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Cuyahoga County Meeting

Westlake_Flyer_ORG.jpgCUYAHOGA COUNTY MEETING!!!!
Cuyahoga County Cannabis Rights Amendment Rally

Support the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment

Date: July 3rd, 2013
Time:5pm-7pm
Location: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, OH 44145 

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Cleveland Zoo

zoo.jpgVOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR CLEVELAND ZOO - WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE!

We are having great success at the Cleveland Zoo but we cannot do this alone. We need more volunteers! If you can help, please contact Pam @ 216-409-2556

UNITED WE WIN!

PLEASE email, tweet and whatever else you have to do to spread the word! Anyone wishing to sign the petition please stop at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on sunny Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays (in the free area by the membership and ticket counters; in between the actually Zoo and the Rain Forest). If you are not registered to vote we will be more than happy to register you. We need volunteers all over the state so please stop at the zoo to get a booklet to help us in the collection process.

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