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ORG November 2014
Transcript of ORG November 2014
The Birth of the Ohio Rights Group (ORG)
The Ohio Rights Group submitted over 2,000 signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's office on May 7, 2013.
The growth of the Ohio Rights Group
January 11, 2014: ORG captains, volunteers, supporters, gathering at Apeks Supercritical in Johnstown, OH.
Making a Difference
ORG representatives engaged opposition forces in several debates and handily won them all. In February, they vied with representatives of the Drug Free Action Alliance in a National Town Hall debate that aired in 50+ national media markets.
The DFAA conceded at the end.
This poignant documentary follows Larry Smith, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, as rides his bicycle across his home state of South Dakota.
We Won! Engaging the Opposition.
The ORG has been widely featured in television, radio and print media, from:
NBC WTOV 9 in Steubenville
Fox WXIX 19 in Cincinnati
CBS WKBN 27 in Youngstown
ABC WTVG 13 in Toledo
ABC WKEF 22 / FOX WRGT 45 in Dayton
CBS WBNS 10 in Columbus - ORG named “Newsmaker of the Week”, May 20, 2014
WOSU “All Sides with Ann Fisher”
WTAM 1100 AM “Mike Trivisonno Show”
Notable print media included:
a cover story for the Lorain Chronicle
in depth exposé Columbus’ 614 Magazine.
All told, the ORG has accrued millions of dollars of earned media in just two years.
Sponsored by the ORG,
Ride with Larry
was aired in March at the prestigious Cleveland International Film Festival.
Signature gathering begins.
Counties meeting their minimum signature benchmark as of Sept. 2014
~17,000 petitions purchased;
~10,000 petitions in statewide circulation;
~500 circulators with petitions;
30 counties have met their 5% minimum;
~200,000 potential signatures remain in circulation.
~4,000 completed petition booklets received!
The Ohio State Constitution
Article 1: Bill of Rights
All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending
, acquiring, possessing, and protecting
, and seeking and obtaining
The foundation of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment
The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment
18 and older, with a debilitating medical condition;
Permits eligible individuals to grow, process and purchase Cannabis in all forms;
Permits Ohio farmers to cultivate hemp (regulated by Ohio Dept. of Agriculture);
Protects residents from arrest and prosecution, discrimination, invasion of privacy and breaches of confidentiality;
Allows commercial productions, distribution and taxation of cannabis and hemp;
Establishes the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control (designed to be diverse, non-partisan and transparent; self-funded);
Does not permit the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence;
Encourages research and education into thousands of uses for Cannabis.
We are YOUR Voice
What you can do to help.
Currently 150,000+ estimated signatures!
Ricardo Villarreal, Director
Join the Ohio Rights Group team!
Register as a volunteer at www.ohiorightsgroup.org
Tell us how YOU can help.
Spread the word.
Organize a local chapter.
Organize a fund raiser.
Contact your Elected Representatives.
Keep calm, stay active!
Facebook 'Likes' (#1 cannabis-focused, state-based organization);
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