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SUBJECT: OHIO CANNABIS RIGHTS AMENDMENT CERTIFIED BY OAG
Ohio Attorney General refers Proposed Amendment to Ohio Ballot Board
(Columbus, OH): The Ohio Rights Group achieved a milestone today with the certification of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Certification by the Attorney General (OAG) represents the first step in a process that will place this proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the statewide ballot.
On May 7, 2013, the Ohio Rights Group (ORG) delivered to the OAG’s office at total of 179 petitions containing 2,058 signatures of purported registered Ohio voters from 60 Ohio counties. In accordance with Ohio law and upon submission of petitions containing at least 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters, the Attorney General (OAG) must determine whether the Amendment’s summary “is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law or constitutional amendment.” On May 17, 2013, the OAG confirmed that the ORG’s “submission was accompanied by more than 1,000 valid signatures” and then certified “that the summary is fair and truthful.”
Upon rendering his certification, the OAG is charged with referring the proposed Amendment to the Ohio Secretary of State for determination by the Ohio Ballot Board that the measure contains only a single issue. The ORG is confident that its language meets this requirement.
It is with the Ballot Board’s certification that the statewide campaign begins. To make the ballot, the ORG will need to collect at least 385,253 signatures of registered Ohio voters, which represents 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010. This is indeed a monumental task, but considering its importance, the ORG is up to it!
The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is sponsored by the Ohio Rights Group, a nonpartisan, 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.
Article 1: Bill of Rights in the Ohio Constitution: 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.”
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We are delighted to announce that patients, parents, veterans, advocates and members of the Ohio Rights Group gathered this afternoon at the Ohio Statehouse to present Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine with 179 petitions from 60 Ohio counties containing over 2,000 signatures in support of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.
This submission is part of the process to place this proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the statewide ballot. By statute, Attorney General DeWine is charged with determining whether the measure’s summary is a fair and truthful statement of its full text, and must render his decision within ten days. Once certified, he forwards the measure to the Ohio Ballot Board, which will, within another 10 days, certify that the Amendment relates to only one issue. That determination will permit the ORG to commence a statewide campaign to collect the 385,000+ signatures of registered Ohio voters necessary for ballot placement.
It is after the Ballot Board’s certification that the real campaign begins. We’ll need to organize groups, meet-ups, events, fundraisers, and volunteers over the State of Ohio. There’s a role for everyone to make this Amendment happen. So join the team!
Remember, together we win!
The Ohio Rights Group
To our friends and supporters, we are scheduled to submit your signed petitions to the Ohio Attorney General next Tuesday, May 7th. You all did a fantastic job! So far, you have collected over 1,800 signatures, 1,100 of which are valid in terms of being found in the voter database of the Ohio Secretary of State. While we considered turning them in tomorrow, we were concerned about what has happened to other campaigns when numbers, for some odd reason, came up short. Without at least a 20% margin over the required 1,000, we didn't want to chance wasting your hard work because, if that happened, we'd have to start over.
So we decided to use the 2013 Cleveland Ohio Marijuana March (AKA) the 14th Annual Cleveland Peace and Freedom Rally to nail this down. ORG President, John Pardee, along with other members and supporters, will be at that rally gathering our “insurance” signatures. We hope you will look them up and sign their petitions. They’ll be easy to find, for they have been asked to briefly address the rally. Please show up and show your support. United we win!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fort Huntington Park
Regarding HB 214: The Ohio House is where good Cannabis bills go to die. They are 0-5. In spite of Rep. Hagan's good intentions, this will not pass or what does pass will be a shadow of reform with high fees and overly burdensome red tape. Plus it says nothing about industrial hemp which is the part of our Amendment that will do the most in terms of revitalizing our economy. The only way to ensure our rights are reestablished, is by passing the Ohio Cannabis RIGHTS Amendment. It's in the name...rights. The only document that shields our reform from court intervention or legislative malfeasance is by reclaiming our rights within the Ohio Constitution. Trust me, we will show all Ohioans that the only real unfettered path to full cannabis freedom is our Amendment and we will prove it in the weeks to come. The "full legal" tease in HB 214 is simply red meat to get your attention. Who here honestly thinks the Ohio House is capable of delivering anything that specifically benefits Ohioans? Show of hands? Of course not. Unless it's a big corporation entitlement bill, it will never pass. What I see is that we got their attention and they know reform is coming and they want to control our movement to the benefit of their lobbyists. Our Amendment will be put on the ballot BY THE PEOPLE and voted on BY THE PEOPLE. Stay the course everyone. United we win.
John Pardee, President
The Ohio Rights Group
Bulletin: Please tune in tonight at 7:00 pm via live stream linked below. WBNS has been contacted and verified that this URL should be the place to watch the segment live, but we will definitely post a link when it becomes available. Please let us know your reaction. We have no control over the content of the segment and are hopeful their presentation is an intelligent and honest representation of the state of reform in Ohio and our movement. Let's keep making noise people. We are starting to be heard and understood after so many years living in the dark and being vilified. We are going to win this if we stay united.
John Pardee, President
Ohio Rights Group
For those that were gathering signatures for us this weekend this is a friendly reminder to mail in your booklets TODAY!
Just a friendly reminder to mail your booklets today to:
Ohio Rights Group
1021 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Recent polls bode well for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment
(Columbus, OH): With 63% in favor, the results of a public opinion poll conducted by Saperstein & Associates and published on Sunday, March 31, 2013 by the Columbus Dispatch1 indicate that medical marijuana has a winning margin among Ohio adults. These numbers are consistent with five other Ohio surveys conducted since 1998, all of which showed positive support of the issue, ranging from a high of 73% in the 2009 “Ohio Poll” by the University of Cincinnati,2 to a much lower, but still encouraging 60% who support an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would allow the use of medical marijuana to alleviate suffering. This latter poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling in April 2012.
“These results bode well for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment,” said Ohio Rights Group President, John Pardee, “Amendments to the Ohio Constitution only require 50.1% of the vote, and these numbers clearly show that medical marijuana can win in Ohio with a sizable and comfortable margin.”
The demographics in the five polls reveal a fair amount of consistency. By significant majorities, male and female respondents answered favorably with equal numbers in each of the polls. At a record high of 76% in the Dispatch survey, black supporters greatly outnumbered white supporters (61%). Support by Democrats (72%) was significantly higher than that by Republicans (46%). Pardee noted that Republican support is often grounded in the conservative Libertarian wing of the party, which is very active in marijuana reform. Young people 18 to 34 years old back medical marijuana in far greater numbers than any other generational cohort, with about three quarters of them in both the Dispatch and University of Cincinnati polls voicing approval. Conversely, their grandparents, those over age 50, claim the lowest levels of support.
Any speculation that Ohio was ready to fully legalize marijuana was dispelled by the Dispatch poll. Only 37% of respondents backed full legalization, which was the very same level found in 2009 University of Cincinnati poll. A similar question in a December 2012 Quinnipiac University3 study had 47% in favor, but this percentage still falls short of a margin that would win at the ballot box.
The Ohio Rights Group 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 that use. The organization is fielding the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment,4 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.”5
1 Columbus Dispatch Poll, March 2013. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/03/31/heartbeat-bill-...
2 The Ohio Poll, University of Cincinnati, May 2009. http://www.ipr.uc.edu/documents/op103112.pdf
3 Quinnipiac University Poll, December 2012. http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-centers/polling-institute/ohio/rele...
4 Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment. https://ohiorights.org/sites/default/files/documents/Ohio-Cannabis-Right...
5 Ohio Constitution, Inalienable Rights, page 5. http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/publications/election/constitution...
Three of the Ohio polls evaluated are not publically available. These include a 2012 poll by Public Policy Polling, a 2006 poll by Goodwin
Simon Victoria Research and a 1998 poll by Ernie, Busher and Associates.