Ohio Rights Group Launches Statewide Ballot Campaign

ORG_Launch_Media_Advisory_-_5-29-13.jpgThousands of lives and businesses in Ohio will benefit from legal access to various uses of the Cannabis plant when the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is enacted by voters. These uses and the billion-dollar industries they create will bring new opportunities and new jobs to Ohioans from Cleveland to Cincinnati and Bridgeport to New Paris. The ill will have to access a safe alternative to alleviate their suffering. Certification of this proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution by the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Ballot Board permits the Ohio Rights Group to move forward with a statewide campaign to ensure that every Ohio voter hears this message.

WHAT:
Press conference to launch the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment

SPEAKERS:
Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown), Ohio Representative
John Pardee, President, Ohio Rights Group
Simon Dunkle, Media Relations Director, Ohio Rights Group
Angelica Warren, Cancer survivor
DonE Wirtshafter, General Counsel to the Ohio Rights Group and co-author of the amendment
Mary Jane Borden, Secretary/Treasurer of the Ohio Rights Group and co-author of the amendment

WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

WHERE: Room 114 at the Ohio Statehouse

PURPOSE: Cannabis may be one of the most popular issues of our time. Numerous polls have consistently shown support at 60% or more. Understanding urgency of taking Ohio’s sick, dying and disabled of the drug war battlefield, while opening up a new industry that leverages Ohio’s unique agricultural, manufacturing and distribution infrastructure, the Ohio Rights Group crafted and will be fielding the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment to all corners of the state in order to gather the 385,000+ signatures necessary for ballot placement. This event begins that campaign.

The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is sponsored by the Ohio Rights Group, 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.

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.”