NBA Legend Oscar Robertson is Leading Campaign for Legalization of Marijuana in Ohio

Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson

ResponsibleOhio, an Ohio group pushing to legalize marijuana production in the state, released the identities of its 11 key investors Friday.

NBA legend Oscar “The Big O” Robertson tops the list.

According to The Plain Dealer, ResponsibleOhio hopes to “create a system where marijuana would be grown at only 10 locations and then sold to manufacturers to turn into candies and other products or consumers at retail shops and medical dispensaries.”

The plan does not impact Ohio’s laws against personal growth, use or sale of marijuana.

“It’s a terrible feeling when you can’t help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition — I know from personal experience,” Robertson said in a statement. “But medical marijuana can give our loved ones relief.”

Robertson played 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals and four more with the Milwaukee Bucks before retiring in 1974. He averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game in his career. A 12-time All-Star, Robertson was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker is also one of the 11 investors. He played for the Bengals from 2006-2011 before playing for the Browns one season and the Cardinals for the last two.

ResponsibleOhio’s proposal for a constitutional amendment has yet to be submitted, but when cleared, the group will have until July 1 to collect more than 305,591 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters in or to get the proposal on the November ballot.

SOURCE: Sporting News

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