CLEVELAND -- Should we legalize pot, or not? The hot button issue is now blazing in Ohio as a local group pushes for it to be placed on the November 2014 ballot.
The Ohio Rights Group, comprised of more than 2,500 volunteers, has been driving the campaign to legalize marijuana and hemp for medicinal and industrial purposes.
Now with the recent help of nationally recognized cannabis advocate Cheryl Shuman, the group is gaining some powerful grassroots momentum.
"I have post traumatic stress disorder and I'm also a cancer survivor so when I used cannabis as a last resort it saved my life," explained Shuman, who addressed a crowd at Negative Space Gallery & Studio Saturday night.
"We're here to put a new face on the modern cannabis consumer."
Nearly two dozen Cleveland supporters turned out for the event to learn more information about the campaign and different uses of cannabis. Ohio Rights Group President John Pardee also addressed the crowd with his own personal story.
"My son was nearly killed in an automobile accident five years ago and it's been a journey to try to figure out...how to manage his pain," said Pardee.
From pain management to alternative energy solutions, Pardee is hopeful support for the campaign will keep growing. Michigan along with 19 other states have already legalized medicinal marijuana, however previous attempts in Ohio have failed.
"It's been tried many times but every time they've come up short and this time we have a lot of momentum," said Pardee. "There's that saying, 'as goes Ohio, so goes the nation,'" said Shuman.