Petitions are not legally binding, however, they are a good tool to express interest in a political cause, especially when it comes to marijuana reform. If enough people sign a petition, activists and media members can refer to it and point out that the idea(s) contained in the petition have a lot of support, so therefore they should become law. Politicians love to jump on bandwagons when they see that the bandwagon has momentum. Below is a petition to legalize marijuana and hemp in Ohio, along with a link to sign it if you choose:
- To allow all adults 21 and over who currently use cannabis and hemp in any aspect to continue to do so legally, and to legally possess marijuana-related paraphernalia that will not be subject to any penalty or fine.
- Legally allow adults that are 21 and over and adult parents 21 and over that have children under 21, who want to engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis and hemp for personal use of up to 6 cannabis plants or 6 hemp plants or up to 6 plants each of the two of up to 12 plants and 8 ounces of usable cannabis and or hemp at any given time in or outside of their residence.
- Legally allow adults that are 21 and over and adult parents 21 and over that have children under 21, who want to engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis and hemp for medical use of up to 6 cannabis plants and 6 hemp plants or up to 6 plants each of the two of up to 12 plants and 8 ounces of usable cannabis and or hemp at any given time in or outside of their residence. And legally allow those parents the right to choose if they want their children to use cannabis medically or under a doctors care in Ohio, that will not be subject to taxation, penalty, fine or any commercial regulations.
- Legally prevent any monopolizing organizations to obtain all rights to cultivation and production of cannabis and hemp, to allow other business opportunities to adults 21 and over in the state of Ohio. To legally allow adults 21 and over to obtain a license from the state to engage in commercial cultivation and retail sales of cannabis and hemp to any adult 21 and over that will be subject to taxation and commercial regulations.
- Remove the felonies from all cannabis and hemp possession crimes, such as the possession of hashish. Legally allow those with felony records from certain cannabis and hemp possession offenses to be able to have their records expunged. To legally allow those serving time for felony offenses of certain cannabis and hemp convictions the ability to petition for a lesser sentence or release.
- Legally prevent anyone from not receiving any Ohio benefits such as housing, food, and medical assistance due to cannabis and hemp charges or convictions or consuming cannabis and hemp. Legally prevent employers from testing for cannabis, and from not hiring anyone who uses cannabis and hemp.
- And to allocate a certain percentage of taxes received by the state to be used for drug rehabilitation and mental health services programs within the entire state of Ohio.