A collection of songs by 20 Ohio artists in support of the legalization efforts of Ohio NORML.
Various styles, from Folk to Funk, from Bluegrass to Rap, from Psychedelic to Punk, from Acoustic to Jazz.
Uniquely original songs for the cause.
Thursday (5/23/2013) the Columbus Dispatch ran an incredible OP-ED by an out of State prohibitionist doctor claiming we represent drug dealers. This needed an immediate response from NORML.
Below you will find the the letter I sent to Columbus Dispatch Letters to the Editor. I could have drafted a letter with more facts and rebuttals, but sometime more is less. I would encourage you to write your own letter adding additional facts to the Columbus Dispatch. Dr. Ed Gogek commentary OP-ED
The Columbus Dispatch is a key news media to have our voices heard. Our State Representative are located right across the street from the Columbus Dispatch. Please please read his OP-ED and the numerous comments following the article and use the links to Letter to the Editor page,
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Ohio NORML takes exception to Dr. Ed Gogek charge that we represent drug dealers. It is groups like Dr. Ed Gogek's "Keep AZ Drug Free" that keep the drug dealers in business. Our organization would put them out of business.
Furthermore according to Dr. Ed Gogek group's webpage marijuana is "not safe for use even under a physician's care". He is citing the law not the facts. Federal and Ohio laws declare that marijuana is deadly, addictive and with no medical use; a schedule one substance. Note this is in the same classification group as heroin.
Ohio NORML, the State Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws supports adults' right to use marijuana responsibly, whether it be for medical, personal or industrial purposes. Legalization would bring controls, regulations, product labeling and age restrictions.
Dr. Gogek is really supports just the opposite. Seems like his business interest is to keep the criminals in charge, who do not have to ask for ID when selling to our children.
President, Ohio NORML
Working to legalize marijuana in Ohio
Now write your own Letter to the Editor Columbus Dispatch
Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters.
House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana.
Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.
“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” stated Representative Hagan.
To be placed on the ballot, HJR 6 would need to receive a three-fifths vote from the legislature. The full text of the measure is available online here.
If you live in Ohio, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him/her to support this historic legislation! It is time to let the people of Ohio decide for themselves whether or not it is time to legalize marijuana.