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WYSO's coverage of the 2011 Election

ResponsibleOhio First Pro-Pot Ad Focuses On Crime

The first television ad in favor of Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana in Ohio, is now airing on broadcast and cable networks. Its message focuses on crime.

ResponsibleOhio’s first ad says the state spends more than $100 million a year to enforce marijuana prohibition and claims that effort is failing.

The ad features Howard Rahtz, a retired Cincinnati police captain, who says marijuana reform would allow law enforcement to focus on—how he puts it—“real criminals.”

“I saw firsthand the effects of Ohio’s destructive marijuana laws. Simply put, they don’t work,” Rahtz said.

A yes vote on Issue 3 would legalize marijuana but, among other things, only allow for ten growing sites. The opposition, Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, says the television ad is an expensive attempt for ResponsibleOhio’s wealthy investors to buy their way into Ohio’s constitution and make a profit.