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Cannabis Activist Cheryl Shuman Is Coming Home To Ohio


cheryl shuman cheech marin ohioThe Ohio Rights Group is delighted to announce that the famed Cheryl Shuman, who was just awarded the 2013 Most Outstanding Activist of the Year Award at the Seattle Hempfest, will be returning to her home state of Ohio to help pass the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.

Cheryl may be one of the most visible women in the medical Cannabis reform movement. Coined the “Martha Stewart of marijuana,” she has built the largest Cannabis media source in the world, producing content for such outlets as CNN Piers Morgan Live, Katie Couric Show, The View, Good Morning America, Fox Business News and many other international media outlets, taking them from $150,000 in gross revenues when she started to more than $6.5 million in revenue within 18 months.  Cheryl and her daughter Aimee have set ratings records by reaching over 100 million mainstream viewers.

Cheryl is no stranger to the camera. Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, she made her first television appearance at the age of three as the focus of “Christmas in Appalachia” with Charles Kuralt. The series profiled the vast differences between the rich and poor throughout America.

Her first big chance to shine came at age 17 when she created a coupon refunding system. After her hometown newspaper published an article entitled, “America’s Coupon Queen buys $167 worth of groceries for 16 cents!,” the AP & UPI wire services, Star Magazine and other media outlets picked up the story. Overnight, Cheryl became a huge sensation. The Bob Braun Show at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati offered her a twice-weekly appearance to share her money saving tips; Group W Productions followed with a national thrice-weekly segment on its #1 rated syndicated show, “PM Magazine.”

A life changing car accident at the age of 23 forced Cheryl to reassess her life path. She relocated to California to work as an optician and, by offering to make a simple house call, became the personal optician to Michael Jackson. That call led to a new business named Starry Eyes, which within three years, accrued revenues of $22 million. Starry Eyes placed her on the biggest film, TV and music properties in Hollywood, where her “A-list” clients grew to include Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. He her expertise led to regular appearances on The Today Show, Access Hollywood & Entertainment Tonight.

In 2006, tragedy struck again. Cheryl was diagnosed with cancer. After years of unsuccessful and painful surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, she opted for endocannabanoid medicine as an alternative and used the raw juice and oils from the medical Cannabis plant to save her life. The publicity generated from her personal battle led to her appointment as the Executive Director for Beverly Hills Cannabis Club. In the process, she learned how to grow her own medicine on her California farm.

Most recently, Cheryl and her daughter Aimee flew to Tel Aviv to tour Tikun Olam, Israel’s largest supplier of medical Cannabis. The organization has developed a unique treatment mode that views Cannabis as a central part of patient care. The two celebrities visited Tikun Olam’s greenhouses and met with their highly respected team of researchers, scientists and oncologists. Cheryl also made the cover of Israel’s top read news publication.

Cheryl is coming home to Ohio. After reaching out to her in July after her appearance on The View, ORG President John Pardee invited her to join the campaign to pass the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment in her home state. Several conference calls later, her involvement was confirmed.

A number of events are in the works to showcase both Cheryl’s story and the OCRA. Her celebrity, business acumen and experience as a patient combine to make her a powerful voice for the Cannabis movement in Ohio. As she so poignantly stated, “I’m coming home to see my parents, but because I’m a medical Cannabis patient in a still illegal state, my life and health are at risk if I stay. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment gives me a chance to change that.”

Mary Jane Borden

Ohio Rights Group
1021 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH  43205

Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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  1. @136eaa2b6ca5c2cbeee716e0d03d6e93:disqus Thank you so much! They say “To Live on in the hearts of others is to never die ” :)

  2. @d9958aafbbcb8163cac9dde13fb5e39e:disqus You are SOOOO right on the pain meds! I was on an intravenous morphine pump from doctors and then pills and more pills! Cannabis covers all of my pain now! Thank God. I will never stop working for cannabis policy reform until we complete our mission! Thank you so much for stopping by to lend your support!
    Eternally grateful,
    Cheryl Shuman

  3. @75c35698e3a04dd047432e98ab7c1b18:disqus Thank you so much! Your words of support are uplifting and empowering for me especially on this day when I’m so tired and working too much! I will continue to work on!
    Respect the plant :)
    Cheryl Shuman

  4. @disqus_TUIPS851OP:disqus AWww thank you so very much for the kind words. But it is really all of you who are the wind beneath my wings supporting me on this journey! We are all making history right now! All of us! I am eternally grateful for your kindness and support!
    Much Love,
    Cheryl Shuman

  5. @ganjamaya:disqus That sounds amazing! Contact me directly with details please on Cheryl@cherylshuman:disqus or CherylShuman@Gmail.com Can’t wait to meet you all and check it out! Congratulations!!!!
    Cheryl Shuman

  6. Thank you Cheryl, for all you’ve done and continue to due on behalf of all patients. You are an inspiration.

  7. Scotthillmmjpatient on

    Ohio neeeds this!! I wrote my state rep BRIAN HILL 97th district…. Here is my letter to him & his response back….HE DOES NOT SUPPORT OUR CAUSE!!!

    I’m writing to urge your support for House Joint Resolution 6, which would allow Ohioans to vote on regulating the adult consumption of marijuana.

    Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.

    The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.

    I encourage you to support House Joint Resolution 6 and let the Ohio voters decide if it is time to regulate marijuana.

    Scott Hill

    State Representative Brian Hill
    97th House District
    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding House Joint Resolution 6, which would put on the ballot the issue of legalizing marijuana here in Ohio. One of my favorite aspects of this job is the amount of feedback I receive when issues like this are proposed by my colleagues. Since its introduction by Representative Robert Hagan, I have heard from many on both sides of the marijuana topic.

    I have always been opposed to the legalization of marijuana, and remain that way now. For those who claim that medicinal marijuana helps to ease their pain and better certain symptoms they suffer from, there already exists on the legal market synthetic forms of marijuana. Legalizing cannabis in Ohio will only open the door to a world of problems that all stem from drug use: crime, introduction to other (more dangerous) drugs, and increased dependence to other drugs just to name a few. I realize that this legislation would leave it up to the citizens of Ohio to decide whether or not to legalize the drug. While I believe in the democratic system, I was elected and sent to Columbus to vote for the great people of the 97th House District on matters like this, no matter the polarizing effects they have on society. Should we, the General Assembly, vote the way the people don’t like, they can always put it up for a referendum vote and overturn our decision.
    I will continue to research the issue and learn everything that I can to cast an informed vote. However, with the drug problem that already exists in and around Muskingum and Guernsey counties, I don’t see at this time how legalizing marijuana use would help in any way.

    I am proud to represent you in Columbus, and my goal is to achieve those things that are best for our district, and for our state. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to write me regarding this issue.

    Have a nice day,

    Brian D. Hill
    State Representative
    97th House District

  8. Great story. I have suffered from chronic pain since I was 20. I have been reduced to needing a wheelchair or walker during pain flare ups. I pray for the day medical marijuana is fully recognized as a better alternative than Vicodin and other pain killers. I would try it without hesitation. I go without my pain meds most of the time because I am a mom and can’t fully function on Vicodin. Addiction to pain meds is also another big concern. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Cheryl is like this living Angel fighting for our Freedom to use something that has never killed anyone while Big Oil and Pharma push their Chemical and Opiate drugs, only the prohibition has, RIP Alexandra Hill. It’s far safer than Alcohol which has killed many and it should be our right to put something less harmful in our body than what Gov. pushes, Big Pharma kills every 19 min. and I consider it the Gov. way of Culling the people and consider this to be considered Genocide. Georgia Guidestones say only 500,000,000 get to live as Obama FORCES GMO Food on the American people, it causes pigs intestines to inflame what’s it doing to your babies and you own stomache? Eat only Organic, Flu shots and Vaccines causing Autism it was 1 in 10,000 50 yrs. ago, it’s now 1 in 60. Aspertame in everything diet owned by Donald Rumsfeld, a little Sweet and low mixed with honey and you have Ant killer. It’s name has been changed several times and has also been called Amino Sweet and Natural Sweetner, we have Monsantos puppet lawyer in charge of the FDA and the Floride in our Water, Tea, Juice and Toothpaste is Calcifiying our Pineal Glands causing Alziemers and Dementia. Chemtrails also dumping 83ppm of Barium, 383ppm of Stonitium, and 63,000ppm of Aluminum Acidifiying our Water and Soil. Only Monsantos can grow in it and then you’re consuming to much metals. Cannabis kills cancer cells and Chemo and Radiation Kill your good cells, this causes pain to children and it’s being forced on them. This is INHUMANE and to have a Pioneer like Cheryl take on the World Evil Powers like the SuperHero she is will benefit so many. Stay strong my friend one day when Jack Herer’s Dream of a green World happens I’d like to be able to shake your hand because it was you and Rick Simpson that made this happen. God Bless

  10. Cheryl,
    Namaste… as I salute God in you. Thank you for all that you do, we love it and you! I want to ask a favor. The first harvest of US (Colorado) grown Ganja (Hemp) is about to be harvested the last weekend of Sept., and we’d love to have you or your film crew present at this celebration of liberation. I know the recent extensive travels have taken their toll on you and I understand you have great demands on your time, we hope you can join us in person, or in spirit as we achieve another milestone in the complete liberation of Ganja. God’s blessings and protection over you and we will keep you in our daily prayers…..PEACE!

  11. Gotta love Cheryl and all the good work she’s done. She’s a great face to put out in front of legalization.

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