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Today, the legalization of marijuana campaign in Ohio got a big lift from an unlikely supporter. NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has joined with a group called ResponsibleOhio that are backing the legalization of marijuana in Ohio.

Besides Robertson, ResponsibleOhio is made up of a number of impressive supporters, from a former NFL player to leading fashion designer. . As of Friday, ResponsibleOhio had a total of 11 backers that also include esteemed CEO’s and philanthropists.

ResponsibleOhio is one of two legalization campaigns found in Ohio. However, they are up against some stiff competition. There have been five statewide officeholders who are very vocal about their opposition to this cause.

ResponsibleOhio is confident in their efforts to feature this matter on the ballot this coming fall. If the plan passes, the Ohio Constitution would allow those older than 21 to be able to use marijuana legally for both medical and personal use.

Many people might remember Robertson from his time in the NBA on the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. He also played at the University of Cincinnati. A lot of this background is why he so strongly advocates for legalized marijuana. He said in a statement that ResponisbleOhio released that he was joining this campaign because of the medical benefits.

He stated,

“It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition — I know from personal experience.”

Basketball fans may remember that Roberson had surgery a couple of years ago after being told that he had prostate cancer.

ResponisbleOhio sees the legalization of marijuana involving a network of about 10 growers each bringing their product to specific testing facilities. There, the pot would go through screenings for safety and potency.

After that, the marijuana would be sent to a medical marijuana dispensary, retail outlet or be put into other consumer products.

The backers of ResponsibleOhio plan to administrate and manage the operation of all facilities.

Full List of Investors:

  • Rick KirK
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Nanette Lepore
  • Barbara Gould
  • Frostee Rucker
  • Sir Alan Mooney
  • William J. Foster
  • William “Cheney” Pruett
  • John Humphrey
  • Bobby George

Photo Credit: ResponsibleOhio

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