DAYTON -- Hundreds gathered in Courthouse Square to sing the praises of medicinal marijuana...
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 16:04.
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dozens gathered at the courthouse steps in downtown Dayton on Saturday, to push for laws to legalize medical marijuana.
There was an important public health and social justice activist gathering in Ohio, this past weekend - groups supportive of legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio gathered at Courthouse Square, located at the corner of Third and Main Streets in the heart of downtown Dayton in support of H.B. 478, Ohio’s Medical Compassion Act that will allow for the medicinal use of cannabis.
DAYTON -- Hundreds gathered in Courthouse Square to sing the praises of medicinal marijuana...including Niki Wilkerson who says it's done wonders for her health condition.
"I don't feel like popping 10 or 15 pills a day and the fibromyalgia is unbearable at times, it brings me to tears," she says. "So I'm here to support herbal medicine and the only thing that helps that pain."
The crowd is championing House Bill 478 which was introduced earlier this year.
It would make Ohio the 15th state in the country to legalize cannibus to help treat things from cancer to Crohn's Disease.
"We're here to show our frustration to our legislators for treating us like criminals when we're not," says advocate and medical marijuana patient Tonya Davis.
She feels lawmakers should do more research.
"Ohio...especially Dayton, has a big addiction rate with methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, crack," she said. "They should be worried about that and make marijuana offenses the lowest priority."
Some Ohio legislators do support the concept of medical pot but say this bill has missing parts that can't be ignored.
But Davis says those who need the drug's benefits can't wait.
"You know, there's a lot of people that are dying for making a choice that, literally, is safer than alcohol."
Others believe the plant is toxic and has more adverse effects than benefits...as the crowd that filled downtown Dayton Saturday sings a different tune...
The rally was hosted by the Ohio Patients Network and the Miami Valley chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Rally to Legalize Medicinal Marijuana
Saturday, Nov 13, from 12:00pm- 4:20 PM groups will gather at Courthouse Square,located at the corner of Third and Main Streets in the heart of downtown Dayton in support of H.B. 478, Ohio’s Medical Compassion Act that will allow for the medicinal use of cannabis.
Tonya Davis one of the organizers of the event is inviting cannabis community leaders from all over the state to be heard, “with 73% of Ohioans supporting the compa...ssionate use of marijuana, it is time we force our legislators to do what the majority of Ohioans want.
We are urging everyone who can make it to attend a “informational event for Ohioans to learn about the Ohio Medical Compassion Act, what it means for Ohio’s patients, and what medical cannabis can do for those with chronic and debilitating medical conditions."
live music Will be amazing: We have booked
Organic Bandits a hip hop group from Wilmington Ohio
Ulrich Van Cru Acoustic.
Zebulon of Babylon acoustic
Bluegrass performed by Blue Moon Soup from Yellow Springs, Ohio
Key Note Speakers confirmed:
Update: Representative Bob Hagan co sponsor of HB478 will be doing his best to make a appearance to speak to us unless he has to work on the railroad.
♥ Tonya Davis Medical marijuana Director Ohio NORML, Miami Valley NORML, and the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis
VP of Ohio Patient Network which is involved with creation of HB478 Tonya is also a patient.
♥ Criminal Defense Attorney Charles Rowland who is a former Ohio Prosecutor and a Law Enforcement against Prohibition Member
♥ Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Babb who specializes in marijuana criminal defense
♥ Jenna VanHouten A drug war victim and a new activist. You dont want to miss her story
♥ Dawn Dunlap President of Central Ohio NORML , a Patient and a wonderful passionate Activist. Dawn was also involved with HB478
♥ Cindy Wimer A patient, Activist and State Director with the WV American Alliance for Medical Cannabis.
♥ Television show host Niki Wilkerson from the Niki Wilkerson Show
♥ Libertarian Party of Ohio's Central Committee Chair, Luke McKellar, and candidate for Beavercreek City Council in 2007
♥ Kurtis Nelson Army Veteran, co host 420 buzz TV show in Lake co ca. Activist from Akron Oh
♥ Doc Miller radio host and long time Activist and a medical cannabis patient
♥ Hospice Patient Rodney Peters- Medical cannabis patient
Please join Leaders from all over the state:
as we stand up for our rights.
as we stand up to be heard.
as we stand up for those who can not stand up for themselves.
as we stand up for our medicine.
For those of you thinking you might stay home.. Think about it this way...The way I look at it... this is no different than when the gay community came out into the light and said Hello we exist...!!! Would things have changed if you had stayed in the closet?Or what about the African american community? If Rosa Parks had not sat at the front of that bus and had just remained quiet and done as she was told and went to the back of the bus.. Where would we be today?
This event is hosted by Miami Valley NORML
Sponsors so far Ohio NORML - Hemprock Productions- Ohio Libertarian Party
How can you help? Well the following is what we still need so far.
We also can vend because we are a non profit .
WE still need one or two more musical talents
volunteers to make signs. example would be Honk if you support medical marijuana
Volunteers to help set up - Would have to be there around 11:30
Volunteers to clean up after the event after 3 PM
We would like to have more folks vending or sponsors for this event.
We need our friends/ members to tell everyone you know about this event.