We now have enough signatures to submit our ballot wording for approval!
Important: If anyone has collected signatures for us that we don’t know about, NOW is the time to let us know who you are and get the petitions turned in to us!!
Cleveland NORML, Ohio NORML, and a couple of our volunteers from around the state are getting their petition packets to us directly. While we are waiting to get all of our petitions together, we do have an upcoming event or two where Central Ohio NORML will be hosting our petitions. The first is the Peace Through Music Festival in Bellefontaine, Ohio on July 12th & 13th. Details can be found on their website. Any other events have yet to be determined, but we will be submitting by the end of this month! Stay tuned for updates by signing up for our Newsletter or RSS Feed in the left column of our website.
Now we'd like to respond to a question posed to us by many people at a couple of recent events. The question has been asked several different ways, but it all deals with the confusion related to the several initiatives that are currently being circulated by different groups. Below is a list of the three that we are aware of:
1) The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment (OATA): This initiative would legalize the medical use of marijuana. It's wording has been approved by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and they are now collecting signatures for the full signature drive to get it on the ballot for Ohioans to vote on. More information and the initiative's wording can be found on their website.
2) The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA): This initiative by the Ohio Rights Group would legalize the medical use of marijuana and the industrial use of hemp. It's wording has also been approved by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and they are now collecting signatures for the full signature drive to get it on the ballot for Ohioans to vote on. More information and the initiative's wording can be found on their website.
3) The End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act (EOCPA): This is our initiative, which would legalize the cannabis plant for ALL uses in Ohio! Medical research and education are specified, and medical access would fall under the legalization of adult recreational use! Hemp would be legalized by our initiative, too. Both commercial and non-commercial production and sales of all cannabis products would be permitted. We are, as stated, submitting our ballot wording for approval later this month! If you would like to read our wording or volunteer to help us collect signatures, please see our Amendment page. Please note: If you want to help get signatures, we will need them in our hands to submit within the next 3 weeks. If this isn't a feasible amount of time for you to help us petition right now, then we suggest that you contact us to let us know of your interest to help before printing any petitions so that we can discuss an effective way for you to help us at this time.
We support all avenues and hope that you do, too! 1) medical marijuana (OATA), 2) medical marijuana & hemp (OCRA), and 3) legalizing the cannabis plant for ALL uses in Ohio (EOCPA)! Please sign them all and remember not to knowingly sign either initiative more than once!
Thanks for all of your support, and we look forward to hopefully receiving and giving the cannabis community in Ohio some great news in the coming months!!