- Published on 24 May 2013
- Written by Robert Ryan, Ohio NORML President
Thursday (5/23/2013) the Columbus Dispatch ran an incredible OP-ED by an out of State prohibitionist doctor claiming NORML represents 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.
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 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 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
Columbus Dispatch Letter to the Editor
Columbus Dispatch OP-ED Link
- Published on 04 May 2013
- Written by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director
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.
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. Use the link below to contact your representative and then call them or better yet setup a meeting in your district with them.
- Published on 14 April 2013
- Written by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel
Washington, DC: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled last week 5 to 4 to limit law enforcement's use of drug sniffing dogs in situations where police did not possess probable cause or a warrant. The ruling upheld a Florida Supreme Court decision finding that police violated the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution when they allowed a drug identification dog to sniff around the front door of a private home absent a search warrant specifically authorizing them to do so.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia opined: "The police cannot, without a warrant based on probable cause, hang around on the lawn or in the side garden, trawling for evidence and perhaps peering into the windows of the home. And the officers here had all four of their feet and all four of their companion's, planted firmly on that curtilage - the front porch is the classic example of an area intimately associated with the life of the home."
Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the opinion.
Writing for the minority, Justice Samuel Alito opined that law enforcement's use of the dog "did not constitute a trespass and did not violate respondent's reasonable expectations of privacy."
The case is Florida v. Jardines.
The Supreme Court in 2005 had previously ruled (Illinois v. Caballes) that an alert from a police dog during a traffic stop provides a constitutional basis for law enforcement to search the interior of the vehicle.
According to a 2011 study published in the scientific journal Animal Recognition, the performance of drug-sniffing dogs is significantly influenced by whether or not their handlers believe illicit substances are present. International statistics indicate that drug dogs are prone to false alerts, with data indicating an 80 percent failure rate in some cases.