Collect Signatures on Election Day

Collect Signatures on Election Day!

The Ohio Rights Group is asking volunteers to collect signatures for the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment at their county's early voting location and at their polling place on Election Day, November 4th. The signatures gathered at these locations are of high value since all potential signers will be both registered voters and residents of that county.

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In Loving Memory of ORG Co-Founder Chad Catlett

Chad Catlett

 January 4, 1971 to September 24, 2014

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Hemp Oil Hustlers

ORG Note: Please carefully read this recently released special report from Project CBD and evaluate for yourself and your family what CBD is, how it is derived and who ethically distributes oils or other products claiming to contain CBD that are safe for use by your loved ones.

Hemp Oil Hustlers

A Project CBD Special Report on Medical Marijuana Inc., HempMeds & Kannaway
By Aaron Miguel Canti

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Letter from the President of the Ohio Rights Group

My Fellow Ohioans,

Over the next few weeks, the Ohio Rights Group is going to exercise its responsibility to inform the voting public of the choices they will have in the upcoming election with respect to our mission of reforming Ohio’s cannabis laws. Please know that you can register to vote in this election, but you must do so no later than October 6th. We need as many cannabis rights supporters as possible to register to vote. Then, please make sure you and your family cast your ballots and exercise your right to be heard.

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ORG Accomplishments 2014

The Ohio Rights Group (ORG) has made remarkable strides in 2014 toward legalization of the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of the cannabis plant in Ohio. In less than two years, the group has become the premier cannabis-focused advocacy organization in the state. The ORG has accomplished the following so far in 2014:

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Reefer Blandness

Columbus Free Press | September 2, 2014 | by Bob FitrakisA young John Kasich

Despite decades-old rumors that John Kasich may be self-medicating, the Governor vowed that there will be no medical marijuana legislation passed in Ohio this election year!

 In fact, this summer, his Public Safety Department deployed undercover officers into the Community Festival. These plainclothes officers spent their time writing tickets near the Ohio Rights Group booth that was collecting signatures to put medical marijuana on the ballot.

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Ohio headlines: heroin, opioids and overdose

Columbus Free Press | September 3, 2014 | by Mary Jane Borden

Heroin is a serious concern. A member of the “opioid” class of drugs, “heroin” is actually the trade name assigned by Bayer in 1898 to diamorphine, which is synthesized from the morphine that is extracted from seed pods of the Asian poppy plant.

In its purest form, heroin has the same analgesic and pain relieving properties as its opioid cousins - Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Diluadid and codeine - all available by prescription.

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President Obama Signs the Farm Bill

What the bill does and could mean for industrial hemp in Ohio

(Columbus, OH): Today, at Michigan State University in nearby East Lansing, Michigan, President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law. This farm bill contains a provision that will now permit universities and state agricultural departments to research and grow industrial hemp, which is derived from the cannabis plant. This same plant is also utilized for its medicinal and therapeutic properties, albeit illegally in states like Ohio. For the purpose of this bill, the concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of cannabis, many not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.  

Originally inserted by U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R‐KY), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) as an amendment to the larger farm bill, “Section 7606, Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research” will permit the growing of this potentially profitable plant without interference by the federal government. With a vote of 68-32, the U.S. Senate passed the $956.4 billion farm bill into law on Tuesday, February 5, 2014. The U.S. House similarly passed the measure by 251-166 on January 29, 2014. It will allow institutions of higher education and state departments to conduct "agricultural pilot programs" in the nine states that have re-legalized industrial hemp: California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia. 

While to date, 32 states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 20 have passed it, Ohio is not among them. “Ohio needs to get in the game,” states E.R. Beach, Southwest Regional Manager and a member of the Advisory Board for the Ohio Rights Group. “Our state represents one of the most fertile grounds for the reemergence of this vibrant new industry.” He went on to explain the three factors that bode well for positioning Ohio as a leader in the global hemp market: farming, manufacturing and distribution.

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Remember ComFest

During the cold and snow of mid-February, why not wax nostalgic and check out this video of the ORG at ComFest 2013?

https://vimeo.com/72213033

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ORG Accomplishments 2013

What a year it has been for Ohio Rights Group. When 2013 began, the ORG didn’t exist. After it was formed on January 23, 2013, we hit the ground running.  And, we haven’t stopped since! This year alone, we:

Composed the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment, making it tangibly possible that the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of the cannabis plant will legal in Ohio this time next year!

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