My name is Robert C. Carr of Ripley, OH. And I am the President and CEO of Our Gift to You Ohio, A Grassroots Organization, promoting, working with, and bringing Industrialized Hemp and Cannabis to the American People and the World through the advent of eatable, drinkable and prescription based form.
We are a small, for-profit organization that is looking to expand and expound upon the Industrialized Hemp and Cannabis Movement/Community all across this great country, in a larger sense, but in a smaller sense right here in the State of Ohio. Because it is right here in Ohio where some of America’s best farmers and growers of fresh fruits, vegetables, and tobacco reside. These very same farmers and growers are also looking to, with both the Voters of Ohio and the State Legislature in Columbus Approval, this November, begin to grow Industrialized Hemp and Cannabis on their farms and in their fields because of a needs based supply and demand for it by a Majority of Ohioans looking for Industrialized Hemp and Cannabis in this State for both Health and Vitality, but also for Medicinal and Recreational purposes.
Our Gift to You Ohio Activists and Organizers are working on an Amendment for the Voting Ballot this November called, “The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment”. Simply put, and simply stated it would both allow and permit, safely and legally, the People of Ohio access to Industrialized Hemp and Cannabis through their doctors, and (medical) marijuana dispensaries, aka “Pot Shops”.
Our Gift to You Ohio is organizing and planning a series of events throughout the State of Ohio, in these final months, before the People of Ohio got to the Polls and Vote, which we hope and pray that they will do so in mass, for this Amendment as well as other down ticket initiatives, etc. Such events would be to make the People of Ohio aware, those who may not be mind you, of this ballot initiative, to encourage them to go to the polls and vote for it, but to sign a ballot initiative petition that our Secretary and Legal Aide Person, David R. Davidson of Paducah, KY. Proposed on MoveOn.org in January of this year, to the Ohio State Legislature, and the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, to Read, Pass, and Sign into Law, “The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment”.
At these events will be live musical entertainment, public speakers and activists within the hemp and cannabis community, artisans and denizens, as well as food and beverage people to keep the good times rolling as they say.
At these events, which will be live, and in person, our activists and grassroots organizers will be on the ground giving those in attendance an opportunity to add their name to the petition, and to help us to spread the word about it via literature and general information which people can hand out to family and friends whom they know would be interested in seeing such an amendment passed by the Voters and signed into law by the Governor and State Legislature for Ohio.
We have an event, our first, on the afternoon of April 20th 2015, 12 p.m. est., at Fountain Square Park in Cincinnati, OH. And we would like to invite as many people, organizations and businesses in the Cincinnati area to join us to help us promote and make aware of the need for the legalization of industrial hemp and marijuana in the Buckeye State.
If you would be interested in attending and or helping us organize or sponsor this or future events that we will be having throughout the State, we invite and encourage you to do so by contacting us via the enclosed.
Our Gift to You Ohio is eager to hear from you because we need all the help/support that we can get.
Mr. Robert C. Carr, President and C.E.O.
Our Gift to You Ohio
#25 North 2nd St.
Ripley, OH. 45167
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ourgifttoyouoh/timeline
“We, the Undersigned, do here by openly petition the Governor and State Legislature for the State of Ohio to read, pass, and sign into Law the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment (OCRA), An Amendment to the State’s Constitution for the purposes of regulating, taxing, fairly monitoring, and controlling Cannabis, be it Medical or Otherwise, throughout the State. The Buckeye State NEEDS and WANTS Cannabis! Thank you, and we await your response in action.”
Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment – Full Text:
Be it resolved by the people of the State of Ohio: That the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended by adopting a section to be designated as Section 12 of Article XV thereof, to read as follows: Article XV: Section 12. The medical, therapeutic and industrial use and regulation of Cannabis. Section 1. Rights. In accordance with Article 1: Bill of Rights, Section 1 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio: (A) Residents of the State of Ohio, who have attained the age of majority and who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, shall be eligible residents for the purpose of making therapeutic use of the genus Cannabis, also known as medical marijuana or marihuana, currently defined in Section 3719.01 of the Revised Code, hereinafter referred to as Cannabis, to alleviate their suffering. Residents of the State of Ohio, who are under the age of majority and who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, may be eligible residents with the prior written consent of a parent or guardian. (B) Eligible residents shall have the right to make therapeutic use of Cannabis to alleviate their suffering and to possess an amount of Cannabis sufficient to meet their therapeutic needs. (C) Eligible residents shall have the right to be free of discrimination and interference from the State of Ohio with regard to their therapeutic use of Cannabis. Persons who are not eligible residents may use medical necessity as an affirmative defense in a court of law. (D) Eligible residents shall have the right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to their therapeutic use of Cannabis, including, but not limited to, any records kept by the State pertaining to such use. (E) Eligible residents who make therapeutic use of Cannabis shall have the right to produce their own Cannabis, and to acquire Cannabis sufficient to alleviate their suffering from state-licensed providers without fear of arrest, prosecution or undue interference by the State. (F) Eligible residents shall have the right to access goods and services to enable their therapeutic use of Cannabis. (G) Within the State of Ohio, it shall be a legal right for individuals or organizations, deemed eligible by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, to grow, process, distribute, transport, purchase or sell Cannabis for therapeutic use in various forms to eligible residents according to rules and regulations as established by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control. (H) Residents of the State of Ohio, deemed eligible by the Ohio Department of Agriculture under Section 3(E), shall have the right to produce and sell non-psychoactive Cannabis, also known as hemp, for industrial use including, but not limited to, paper, fuel, foods, building materials and clothing. With this right, Cannabis for industrial use is hereby removed from any schedule or classification system in the State of Ohio wherein it is listed as a drug. (I) These rights shall not be abridged, and the State of Ohio shall support, uphold and defend these rights in accordance with the health and safety of Ohioans and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States of America. Section 2. Limitations. (A) Nothing in this Amendment requires the therapeutic use of Cannabis or the industrial use of Cannabis; nor does this Amendment invalidate existing bans against smoking in public places or places of employment. (B) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the reasonable regulation and control of the commercial production and distribution of Cannabis for therapeutic use by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control as set forth in Section 3. (C) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the reasonable regulation and control of the commercial production and distribution of Cannabis for industrial use as delegated by the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to the Ohio Department of Agriculture as set forth in Section 3. (D) Nothing in this Amendment shall prohibit the sale of Cannabis for therapeutic use or for industrial use to eligible residents; nor prevent research or educational institutions from studying the therapeutic properties of Cannabis; nor prevent research or educational institutions from studying the properties of Cannabis for industrial use; nor prohibit the reasonable application of fines or fees pursuant to the regulation and control of Cannabis within the State in accordance with Section 4; nor prohibit the reasonable taxation of Cannabis for therapeutic use or Cannabis for industrial use in a manner similar to other agricultural commodities. (E) Debilitating medical conditions include, but are not limited to, the following diagnoses: glaucoma; multiple congenital cartilaginous exocytosis; multiple sclerosis; nail-patella syndrome; positive status for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Alzheimer’s disease; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; cancer; celiac disease; Crohn’s disease; hepatitis C; mylomalacia; post-traumatic stress; rheumatoid arthritis; sickle-cell anemia; injury or disease to the spinal cord, spinal column or vertebra; Tourette’s syndrome; a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe or chronic nausea, seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, or severe or persistent muscle spasms; depression; and any additional medical condition or its treatment that may be designated by the Commission or set forth by the General Assembly pursuant to Section 3. (F) Nothing in this Amendment authorizes any person to engage in, nor prohibits the imposition of civil, criminal or other penalties for undertaking any task under the influence of Cannabis, when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice; or to operate, navigate or be in actual physical control of any motorized conveyance while under the influence of Cannabis. (G) An eligible resident shall not be considered to be under the influence of Cannabis for therapeutic use solely because of the presence of active or inactive metabolites of Cannabis in the eligible resident’s urine, blood, tissue, hair or skin or as detectable by any other measure of body chemistry. The legal definition of impairment as a result of the therapeutic use of Cannabis and the applicable testing to determine such impairment shall be based on scientific evidence of impairment. Section 3. The Commission. (A) There is hereby created the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, which shall support and uphold the rights enumerated in Section 1; shall serve the public interest; shall license, regulate and control Cannabis for therapeutic use in Ohio; and shall ensure statewide compliance with this Amendment. (B) The appointments to the Board of the Commission shall total nine members: three members to serve initial four-year terms, three members to serve initial three-year terms and three members to serve initial two-year terms. Two members are to be registered Ohio voters, who shall also be eligible residents for the therapeutic use of Cannabis once regulations to be established by the Commission are in effect; two members are to be Ohio farmers, one of whom shall be a license or permit holder after implementation of a licensing and permitting system by the Commission and one of whom shall be a license or permit holder after implementation of a licensing and permitting system by the Ohio Department of Agriculture under Section 3(E); one member is to be a licensed medical practitioner; one member is to be a licensed mental health professional; one member is to be a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Ohio; one member is to represent the Ohio Department of Agriculture; and one member is to represent the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Each Commissioner shall be a registered Ohio voter and shall be required to publicly disclose all corporate affiliations. No more than four (4) members shall be affiliated with the same political party. Initial appointments of the two registered Ohio voters, the two Ohio farmers, the licensed medical practitioner and the licensed mental health professional shall be selected by the Committee to Represent the Petitioners for this Amendment. Initial appointments of a full-time law enforcement officer, the member to represent the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the member to represent the Ohio Civil Rights Commission shall be selected by the governor or, if not appointed within sixty (60) days of an affirmative vote by the electors of the State, by the Committee to Represent the Petitioners. Succeeding terms of the Commission shall be three years in length, and members shall be selected by the Governor and approved by the Senate. Vacancies on the Board of the Commission shall not impair the right of the remaining Commissioners to exercise all powers of the Commission. (C) The Board of the Commission shall be duly constituted and conduct its first official meeting within ninety (90) days of an affirmative vote by the electors of the State. Regulations and licensing and permitting systems shall be implemented by the Commission within one hundred and eighty (180) days of an affirmative vote. Meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public and a matter of public record. The Commission shall issue to the General Assembly an annual report concerning its activities during the prior year. (D) The Commissioners shall have the authority to enact and amend regulations, recommendations or findings as they pertain to Cannabis for therapeutic use in accordance with this Amendment, and to the procedures in the Ohio Administrative Procedure Act. The Commission shall license or authorize other personnel within the State to regulate Cannabis for therapeutic use and Cannabis for industrial use. (E) The Commission shall delegate the authority to enact and amend regulations, recommendations or findings as they pertain to Cannabis for industrial use in accordance with this Amendment to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The Department shall have regulations in effect and the licensing and permitting systems implemented according to the time-table in Section 3(C). (F) The regulations shall support, uphold and defend the Rights enumerated in Section 1 and shall include provisions for the protection from arrest and prosecution of eligible residents, providers, farmers and other entities who provide legal access to Cannabis for therapeutic use and to Cannabis for industrial use. Section 4. Funding. (A) Regulatory fees, licensing fees, permit fees and fines for the therapeutic use of Cannabis shall be determined by the Commission. Regulatory fees, licensing fees, permit fees and fines for the industrial use of Cannabis shall be determined by the Ohio Department of Agriculture pursuant to Section 3(E). (B) All operating costs and expenses of the Commission, of the Department pursuant to Section 3(E), and of their staff shall be funded by the reasonable fees and fines based upon the necessary operations of the activities authorized by this Amendment. Regulatory fees, license fees, permit fees and fines shall not be cost prohibitive for eligible residents, farmers or providers. (C) The General Assembly shall provide adequate funds to cover the costs of implementing the provisions set forth by this Amendment, based on recommendations set forth by the Commissioners in consultation with the Department. (D) Compensation for board members of the Commission shall not exceed the average compensation received by board members of all other Ohio governmental commissions. Section 5. Severability. 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