- Published on 24 June 2014
- Written by Rob Ryan
Once again, the annual COLUMBUS festival called COMFEST took place and Miami Valley NORML was there. COMFEST is an event that Ohio NORML has attended for years. Many other NORML chapters come together to support each other in our mission of reforming the marijuana laws. Comfest is a chance for people who are involved or interested in changing the current marijuana laws to come together to educate and socialize. This year COMFEST was held at the end of June in Columbus, Ohio.
This year we had some difficulties that almost resulted in us not being able to attend this year. Despite those setbacks, we made it and it turned out to be a great weekend event. This was made possible by the dedicated people who have joined together to end prohibition. A special mention needs to go out to Mike, Heather, Scott, Kim, Shardee, Marshall, Nicole, Ken, James, Emily, Linda, and Connie. Each helped to make this event a success.
We had a problem gathering signatures for the Medical Marijuana ballot. We only had one tent due to the geography which was not favorable setting up the petition section. Still, with the help of passing out around a thousand or so stickers and signing a letter to Federal representatives, we directed people to the Medical Marijuana ballot at the entrance of Goodale Rd and handed in over 500 signatures for the medical marijuana petition effort at the end of the festival.
Despite our efforts to reform marijuana laws, prohibition is still here. Almost 100 people received marijuana citations for smoking at the event. The rules were clearly stated at the festival entrance, and Columbus police were circulating in the crowd undercover. Officers were going from tree to tree writing citations for possessing or smoking marijuana. This is a clear signal that prohibition is still in effect and we have work to do.
It was great not only to see so many friendly faces. I also personally handed in HUNDREDS of medical marijuana petition packets. It was a great event and look forward to attending more in the future. Thanks to everyone that made this such a wonderful experience.
Rob Ryan, President
- Published on 04 June 2014
- Written by Rob Ryan
Our opposition, the prohibitionist are urging our Senators to exclude the Pro-Marijuana Amendments and gut Congress's decision to defund the DEA from raiding states that have passed medical marijuana laws. It is our duty to respond and urge our United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to support the recent House decision. We cannot let this moment pass without speaking up.
I have included my own letter to Portman and Brown. Note it is best not to use the form letter, so if you do use a from letter customize it and make it personal.
Also please send a letter of thanks to those Congressman who voted for the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to the Department of Justice's budget and an opposite letter to those who voted NO! At the very end of this email I included a list of Ohio Congressional representatives and their vote on this important vote.
President, Ohio NORML
Working to legalize marijuana in Ohio
Now is the time to act and end marijuana prohibition.
-------My letter to Portman and Brown---------
I ask you to support the House's decision to stop the Department of Justice from using federal funds to undermine state laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana.
This issue is important to me personally. I have survived three cancers in my life. Marijuana has helped me during the brutal chemo rounds that I went thru for the greater part of the year. Note I had my oncologist full support using marijuana.
This amendment would save significant tax dollars, curb federal overreach in areas traditionally reserved for the states, and protect states' rights to choose how to regulate medical marijuana without fear of federal interference.
It is time to recognize the facts that marijuana is not deadly, addictive and with no medical use as defined by current United States and Ohio Law.
Blue Ash, Ohio
Your Senator Contact Info
Sen. Sherrod Brown
HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building, Room 713
120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20510-3505
Sen. Rob Portman
RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building, Room 448
2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20510-3506
NORML FORM Letter
- Published on 24 May 2014
- Written by Paul Armentano,deputy director of NORML
By any objective analysis, cannabis and cannabinoids exceed the FDA’s existing standards for medicine. Medical cannabis opponents are fond of promoting many myths and misconceptions about the herb. Here are the facts.
1-Medical cannabis is too dangerous to recommend as a medicine
The cannabis plant and its biologically active constituents, known as cannabinoids, possess an impressive safety profile compared to other conventional therapeutic agents. According to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, marijuana possesses an estimated dependence liability of less than ten percent. (Others have acknowledged that pot’s true dependence potential is likely even lower.) This percentage is approximately the same as anxiolytic drugs like Xanax and Valium and far lower than that of many other licit prescription drugs or recreational substances, like alcohol (15 percent) and tobacco (32 percent).
Moreover, unlike the active compounds in many conventional prescription medicines, cannabinoids are relatively non-toxic to fully developed healthy cells and organs. Cannabis also possesses no lethal overdose potential. As acknowledged by no less than the DEA’s own administrative law judge, “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”
2-Medical marijuana hasn’t yet been subjected to adequate scientific study
Cannabis possesses a far longer history of human use as a safe and effective therapeutic agent than virtually any comparable substance. Archeologists have identifiedcannabis-based textiles dating to 7,000 B.C. in northern China and the plant's use as a medicinal and agent date back nearly as far. For example, in 2008, archeologists in Central Asia discovered over two pounds of cannabis buried in the 2,700-year-old grave of an ancient mummified shaman. After conducting extensive testing on the material's potency, researchers affirmed, "[T]he most probable conclusion ... is that [ancient] culture[s] cultivated cannabis for pharmaceutical, psychoactive, and divinatory purposes."
In addition, the marijuana plant is also one of the most studied biologically active substances of modern times. A search on PubMed, the repository for all peer-reviewed scientific papers, using the term “marijuana” yields nearly 20,000 scientific papers referencing the plant and/or its constituents, nearly half of which have been published just within the past decade. By comparison, a keyword search using the term “Tylenol” yields 17,370 published papers. A keyword search using the term “ibuprofen’ yields 10,500 published paper. A keyword search using the term “Ritalin” yields 7,012 published papers, and a keyword search using the term “hydrocodone” yields only 630 published papers.
3-There aren’t sufficient clinical trials evaluating pot’s safety and efficacy as a medicine
More than 100 controlled trials, involving thousands of subjects, have evaluated the safety and efficacy of cannabis and/or individual cannabinoids. Most recently, a review of FDA-approved pot trials conducted by various California Universities concluded, “Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification (for cannabis) is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking.”
This body of clinical evidence exceeds that of many FDA-approved prescription drugs. According to a 2014 review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, of the 188 novel therapeutic agents approved by the FDA between the years 2005 to 2012, “The median number of pivotal trials per indication was two [and] 74 indications (37%) were approved on the basis of a single trial.”
4-No major medical or health organizations support medical marijuana access