When a celebrity puts their name to a controversial cause, it’s bound to get attention. But when a large-scale, iconic personality gets involved, people are bound to take action. It’s no surprise that proponents of marijuana legalization are a little more optimistic today after iconic NBA legend Oscar Robertson was announced as one of the investors behind an organization that’s campaigning to legalize marijuana in Ohio.
According to an article in International Business Times, an organization known as ResponsibleOhio released the names of 11 of its “most prominent backers.” The group also includes fashion designer Nanette Lepore, NFL defensive end Frostee Rucker, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns and a professional football player who is currently playing in the NFL.
Ian James is ResponsibleOhio’s executive director and expressed a magnified hope after announcing the backers. He said, “The campaign is honored to have such well-respected businesswomen and men, as well as patient advocates supporting our effort to offer a commonsense solution to Ohio’s failed drug policies.”
ResponsibleOhio is one of two campaigns behind the movement to make both medical and recreational marijuana legal in the state. ResponsibleOhio plans to gather 3,000 signatures to make the ballot initiative eligible for a vote this fall. Under their plan, marijuana use would be legalized for personal use for anyone who over 21 years old. It would also establish 10 wholesale growing and testing facilities to test the plants. The investors would be responsible for overseeing, managing and operating the facilities.
Oscar Robertson seems to be coming out as the biggest surprise in the group. The retired NBA hall of famer played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks and is a well-respected clean-cut personality, one that most wouldn’t expect to be in support of such a controversial issue.
Robertson said, “It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition — I know from personal experience. But medical marijuana can give our loved ones relief. I’m part of ResponsibleOhio because I want to be part of making this change a reality.”