According to a report from Columbus Business First, a local group whose focus is the legalization of marijuana has some pretty big names investing in it. ResponsibleOhio is a group that has gathered money for its cause from a variety of different sectors.
One of those sectors is the world of sports, where ResponsibleOhio has tapped both NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and longtime NFL defensive lineman Frostee Rucker as supporters of the group. Robertson and Rucker join nine other investors for the big backing of the group.
Here's a brief snippet on the organization:
ResponsibleOhio, the group pushing to legalize marijuana through a constitutional amendment on the November ballot, has released information on some of its investors, who stand to enjoy a monopoly on grow houses under the proposal.
The backers are members of investment groups that will divvy up the rights to 10 marijuana cultivation and extraction facilities across the state.
Rucker is entering his ninth season and was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2006 draft and spent six seasons (one full year on I.R.) with Cincinnati. As a backup/rotational player on the line, Rucker amassed seven sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception. He made a one-year stop in Cleveland with the Browns in between his stints with the Bengals and Cardinals.
Robertson, now 76 years old, is a Hall of Fame basketball player who spent his career with the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. He was named as one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time and the NCAA Player of the Year Trophy bears his name.