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Welcome to the Ohio Patient Network

Help Wanted: OPN Board Members

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With the efforts of some fine individuals and groups there is a real possibility of medical marijuana finally getting a shot at being on the 2012 ballot. Now OPN and OPAN (the two oldest and well known medical marijuana groups) finds itself undermanned at this critical time. We are looking for individuals, who want to make a difference for Ohio patients and would like to become a member of our enlarged board. Please use the email in our banner on top of this web page to contact us and express your interest in helping medical marijuana become a reality.


Ohio Medical Marijuana Ballot Ready to Sign and Circulate

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The medical marijuana ballot petition for Ohio patients has been approved by Board of Election, Secretary of State, and the Ohio Attorney General. The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment petition is ready for you to help circulate and get it signed!

Now let’s make Ohio Medical Marijuana a reality! We will need thousand's of signatures so we can put it on the ballot. if you want to get involved as a petitioner please download and print the instruction PDF file then, the official petition at the end of the paragraph, and be sure to email us using the contact link. Be sure to read the first page carefully, then print as many copies as you can afford and go get signatures. You will find it is a rewarding experience. Here is the link to the official petition with an instruction page.

You may want to get several clipboards to make your signature gathering quicker, especially in a crowd. Miami Valley NORML provided some helpful hints for a clipboard to making it easier and faster to collect signatures. You can get the image so you can make your own sign for your clipboard with this link to the image.

Be sure to look over and become familiar with the official instructions (5MB file) that were provided by the Secretary of State. This explains how signatures are verified. The important parts are highlighted in yellow, and again it is a big file (5MB). Be patient if you have a slow connection. A smaller legible copy (1.3MB) is also available in this link.

Please send the ballot committee an email using the Contact MMJBALLOT link so Ohio Patients can help assist and coordinate efforts. You may also keep up to date with the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment by joining the Facebook page.


Governors Call on DEA to Reclassify Marijuana for Medical Use

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Two medical marijuana state governors, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, on Wednesday called on the federal government to reschedule marijuana. In a joint 106-page petition to the DEA, they said states that have passed medical marijuana laws need to be able to regulate its distribution without fear of federal prosecution.


Calling All O.A.T.A Supporters: You Can Make A Difference!

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The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment committee currently has unique volunteer opportunities. We encourage our supporters to volunteer by circulating petitions, but we also have volunteer opportunities with more responsibilities. Aside from being a petition circulator we are also looking for the following volunteers.
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator(s)

Person must be willing to take on the responsibility of meeting volunteer recruitment quotas

Must be able to keep a database of names, phone numbers, emails, addresses (including county and region of the state)

Report back weekly with the OATA committee

Our goal is 2,000 volunteers by March (we are halfway there)

Regional Field Operations Directors

Event planning and coordinating background helpful

Oversees volunteers within specific regions (NE, NW, SE, SW)

Trains volunteers on proper signature gathering

Works closely with the State Field Operations Director

Must be able to coordinate the entire region’s activities

Professional writers (multiple positions and types available)

Grant writing (works closely with the fundraiser director)

Articles for news print (works closely with the press release director)

Web articles and blog experience (works closely with the webmaster)

If you have a specific skill that you are willing to volunteer, please contact
the OATA Committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please put “volunteer” in the
subject line. Tell them you saw the request for volunteers on Ohio Patient Network. Don’t forget to
include your name, phone number, county, and what you would like to volunteer for.


Addiction Society calls for marijuana legalization and regulations

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San Francisco, CA: The California chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicines (ASAM) has issued a paper calling for the legalization and regulation of the adult use of cannabis.

The preliminary paper, entitled 'Youth First: Reconstructing Drug Policy, Regulating Marijuana, and Increasing Access to Treatment in California,' was initially presented at CSAM's State of the Art Conference in October.

It states: "Adolescents in California have easy access to purchasing and using marijuana. California's current medical marijuana laws have not had significant impact on access, and have made physicians de facto gatekeepers for access to both medical and recreational cannabis. CSAM therefore recommends that the best course at this point is to replace the current system of medical marijuana dispensaries and physician recommendations with a more strictly regulated system in which physicians are no longer gatekeepers for access, and fees and taxes from marijuana sales preferentially support education, prevention, and intervention for youth with marijuana-related problems."

Authors add: "A system of constructive regulation will assure that individuals are never jailed solely for possession or use of marijuana, more youth will be kept in school through community-based education, prevention and early intervention; and, referral to treatment will occur when needed.

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