The deadline for the 2 medical marijuana initiatives currently circulating Ohio is fast approaching. There are only a couple of weeks left before the deadline to submit enough signatures to secure their place on the November 2014 ballot. The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment (OATA) and the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA) - ANY proposed Ohio Constitutional Amendments currently petitioning for this year's ballot - need just over 385,000 signatures by July 5th. We wish them the best of luck and hope that if they succeed, that Ohio will pass medical marijuana in November.
Our initiative, the End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act (EOCPA), is still in the early stages of our goal to get on the November 2016 ballot. We have almost exactly 2 years to get this done Our first step is to submit 1,000 valid signatures for summary approval, which by our estimation, we should be ready to do very soon. I have confidence that our summary will be approved this time, then we can start the main signature drive to get the 385,000+ needed to get on the ballot.
Regardless of what happens this year, we will continue to push for full legalization in 2016. We will continue to notify everyone when we have information that needs sharing. We don't post a lot of educational information because we feel that most people know the facts already, such as cannabis' many medical benefits and virtually no harmful side effects, not to mention the benefits of hemp and harms caused by the drug war. If your Facebook and email is anything like ours, you get plenty of educational links and updates already, about medical studies and changes in other states and on the Hill. For that reason, we like to use our site and Facebook page simply to update on what we are doing.
On that note, we will be at the Yellow Springs Street Fair all day this Saturday, June 14th. If you want to sign, ask any questions, or just come have a good time, the Street Fair is never boring - tons of wonderful people, vendors, and free music! Your fellow Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis thank you for your support and look forward to meeting / hearing from you.