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ohio medical marijuanaThe Ohio Patient Network Is Leading the Charge To Bring Medical Marijuana To Ohio

One of my favorite things to do is Google marijuana terms and look at the recent news. When I Google the term ‘Ohio marijuana’ an article comes up asking ‘whatever happened to Peter Lewis’ wish to bring medical marijuana to Ohio?’ Peter Lewis of course put out a request for activists to submit their proposals for how to bring medical marijuana to Ohio earlier this year. It appears that Peter Lewis has yet to get a medical marijuana proposal that he wants to support, however, there is a group in Ohio that is fighting hard to bring their medical marijuana proposal to Ohio voters regardless of Peter Lewis’ endorsement.

The Ohio Patient Network is “a coalition of patients, caregivers, activists and medical professionals who support the compassionate use of cannabis for various medicinal purposes. Our mission is to coordinate information between patients, medical professionals, and attorneys, as well as to educate the public and keep Ohio Patient members current with the latest developments in medical marijuana.”

The Ohio Patient Network has been working very hard to bring medical marijuana to Ohio. Below is an excerpt from the ‘Legislation Page’ on the Ohio Patient Network’s website:

“On September 7th the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 was submitted with 2365 signatures to the Attorney general. After the signatures are validated by September 16th, the proposed ballot language will have a legal review. The “Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment” ballot petition was submitted a month earlier but due to a technicality the 2,143 signatures were rejected and are in the process of re-submitting the petition.

According to a press release about the OMCA “this proposed initiated Amendment to the Ohio Constitution will establish governmental agencies to regulate cannabis in a manner similar to the system that has successfully overseen vineyards and adult beverages”. This would be the state’s liquor control board. This is a different model than the “Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment” and the HB214 that is currently stalled in the Ohio Representatives Health committee. HB214 is based on the successful Oregon model and the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment is based upon HB214.

The Ohio Patient Network urges medical marijuana patients to read both proposal and to submit their own analysis and comments to OPN.

Ohio Medical Cannabis Act

Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment

Ohio House Bill 214 and similar previous legislation ( HB478, SB343, and SB74) has been introduced in the past four Legislative sessions of the Ohio Legislature over the past 8 years. Only once did it have a hearing that was because it had to according to revised Ohio Senate rules. That was SB343 which was sponsored by a Dayton Senator.

Note that every single medical marijuana ballot has won a higher percentage of votes than any of the presidential candidate:such as Clinton, Dole, Gore, Kerry, Bush, McCain, and President Obama. More than a hundred separate polls have been conducted on medical marijuana in more than thirty states, representing the opinions of more than 50,000 respondents. More than two-thirds (68%) support the medical use of cannabis. Here in Ohio, the support is even higher at seventy three Percent (73%) !

We also urge you to use our RESOURCES menu to find your state Senator and Representatives. Then contact your Senator and ask them to introduce HB214 and your Representative to ask the Health Committee chairman to schedule a hearing for HB214. Please send OPN your representative’s response using our Contact Us menu. Please consider making a donation to OPN so we can assist the ballot initiative that makes it to the 2012 ballot box.”

If you are in Ohio, support these great people as they are fighting for medical marijuana reform! Even if you don’t plan on becoming a medical marijuana participant, you should support the cause anyways because I guarantee you know someone that would benefit from a medical marijuana program in Ohio. Ohio Patent Network, I tip my hat to you! If there is anything that TheWeedBlog.Com can do to help, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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  1. Please share with everyone you know because if you get this to the right people we might just get a little help . I am way to sick to be doing this full time much longer. WE NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!

    Stop listening to those trying to divide us and to the propaganda! Stop listening to the lies! check out anyone of us on the committee.. We have a Addiction Specialist major, A medical Doctor, Lawyer, myself and a drug war victim who has a masters Degree I believe.

    If you believe in compassion and just want to be able to medicate or use cannabis at home or grow a few plants and not worry about arrest or doors getting kicked in… pets getting maced or shot… you or your kids getting shot or taken away and at the least life being turned upside down.. or you may know someone that could benefit from cannabis as a medicine …then
    You need to join with whats been given the greenlight.. to move forward. That would be the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment or OATA which was certified to move forward. We are gaining support everyday from the medical community… law enforcement…. former prosecutors… judges… moms, dads.. seniors.. firemen… prison guards… senators… State Reps…teachers…college students and folks from all walks of life.

    See I dont give a dayumn about the money end of it. I JUST WANT LIFE.
    Im not going to tell you to not support any group. Im not going to talk badly about any other efforts in Ohio.
    I am going to ask you to help us too. We are learning this as we go BUT we are dedicated until the end and you better believe … You wont find a more committed group and we will fight till the end of cannabis prohibition.

    To volunteer …

    email your name and county and phone number to mmjballot@gmail.com

    To see or print the petition http://ohiopatientsnetwork.org/ballot/OATA_Approved_Ballot_petition_Oct_2011.pdf
    also go to the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment Facebook page

    http://ohiopatientsnetwork.org/

    Thank you for your time.

    Tonya

  2. My name is Tonya Davis, and I am currently the President of the Ohio Patients Network. I would like your readers to have the most current information available. We are supporting all efforts that will bring common sense the current Ohio cannabis drug policy. However, we are currently gathering signatures for, and are in full support of, The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment. (OATA) This amendment has been approved and certified by the Ohio Attorney General, Secretary of State, and the Ohio Ballot Board. You may view this petition at http://www.ohiopatientsnetwork.org/ballot/OATA_Approved_Ballot_petition_Oct_2011.pdf.
    The OATA is currently the only approved and certified medical cannabis ballot initiative. They are currently looking for volunteers. Anyone who would like to petition and/or volunteer their skills/resources may contatct the OATA committee at mmjballot@gmail.com

  3. Due to Prohibition, far more people end up in prison or jail than would normally be the case. Apart from the fact that those extra prisoners are not then contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars to incarcerate them. Additionally their families often go on government assistance, and it’s again the average tax payer who has to pick up the bill. Their kids may be taken into care or raised by foster parents, again with tax payer money. Now add to all this the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition, like police officers, judges and public defenders and you’ll start to get a fair idea of why “Black Thursday”, October 24, 1929 happened during the period of another of our great experiments – Alcohol Prohibition.

    * The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
    * 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.
    * 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009, that’s approx. 1% of US adults.
    * Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.
    * In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated) in 2009 – about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.

    Prohibition has helped fill our Prisons and Jails to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for so called ‘drug offenders’. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. Prohibition takes violent criminals and turns them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries, including our own. Our drug laws are also funding the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose illegal opium profits allow them to buy weapons and pay it’s fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

    It’s quite possible, that many of the early Prohibitionists did not intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide or put 1 in every 32 Americans under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to Alcohol Prohibition in the 1920s, Drug Prohibition has given us rampant corruption, off the scale criminality, a bust economy and mass unemployment. On top of all this, it has gifted us the planet’s highest incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (legal & illegal) than in all other countries, including those that have far more libertarian policies.

    Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.