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.
Music can move the soul. It can be used to move opinion as well. That is why we are asking for submissions for a musical compilation CD to benefit Ohio NORML as it helps to bring about positive change in the battle for medical cannabis decriminalization in Ohio.
Submissions must be original works, from Ohio bands/musicians, and deal with the subject of cannabis. How they deal with it is up to the author. The person submitting the work must have rights to the work, and the rights to license the work.
Excepted works submitted will be licensed to Ohio NORML under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/ ). This will be a non-revocable, worldwide, non-exclusive license, meaning the author will retain the right to use the work any way they wish, and that Ohio NORML will be assured that they can distribute the work in a manner that can best have a positive impact on the issues which they are focused.
Submissions can be made from secured online storage sites, through email or by mail. All submissions should be in .wav, .flac, or CD audio format.
NORML’s Founder Keith Stroup on Marijuana Legalization
From the national NORML standpoint, we try to allow the various state groups to work these compromises out on their own -- that is, we try to establish the basics of what a good legalization bill would include, while recognizing that in most situations, some compromises will be necessary. If it is a legislative proposal, the sponsor may require some compromise in order to introduce the bill. If it is a voter initiative, the funders may require some compromises before putting up the money necessary to collect the required signatures and to run a professional ad campaign once the initiative qualifies for the ballot.
National NORML strongly supports the right of a consumer to cultivate their own marijuana, for example, but we nonetheless supported the legalization initiative in Washington state in 2012, despite the lack of personal cultivation. It was so important to get those first couple of legalization initiatives approved, to demonstrate that legalization was a political possibility and to stimulate other legalization efforts in other states, we felt it would be foolish to oppose the proposal, although it was far from perfect. Hopefully we will be able to go back to these early states and make improvements once the initial laws have been implemented for a time, and we have the benefit of actual experience to inform us. They are discussing the likelihood of amending the WA legalization system now to permit consumers to grow their own recreational pot.
It is important to keep in mind that none of these early legalization proposals that pass will be perfect. We continue to build support for legalization, especially among the majority of Americans who are not smokers, and if we attempted to include every provision that we would like included, we would lose some of our current support and likely the proposal would fail to be approved -- and we would end up with nothing. For example, the early legalization states do not provide protection against job discrimination, or protect parents who smoke from having to demonstrate they are fir parents despite their marijuana smoking. Eventually we should be able to enact legalization laws that do include provisions to protect responsible smokers in both of these situations. But if we insisted on including them now, we would face the likely opposition of every chamber of commerce in the state, and every corporate entity, and every parents' organization, and we would lose the initiative.
It took us 75 years to get into this mess, and we will not be able to fix all of the problems overnight. But the public support continues to move in our direction, and with the demographics working in our favor, it will get easier and easier to improve our legalization proposals over the coming years.
I hope this helps explain our tendency to stand back and permit the individual states to work out these compromises on their own.
NORML Legal Counsel
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 is ready for you to help circulate and get it signed!
Now let’s make Ohio Medical Marijuana a reality and get those 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 PDF file and email using the this 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 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. 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 was provided by the Secretary of State, on how signatures are verified. The important parts are highlighted in yellow again it is a big file (5MB), so be patient if you have a slow connection and want a really good copy. 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.