Howard Rahtz says marijuana enforcement costs Ohio more than $100 million each year, citing a 2010 number from an American Civil Liberties Union report.
“I saw firsthand the effects of Ohio’s destructive marijuana laws. Simply put, they don’t work,” said Howard Rahtz,
a former captain in CPD and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, in a 30-second advertisement airing across Ohio over the next two weeks.
The ad, which shows no marijuana, focuses on Rahtz speaking in front of a cruiser with flashing police lights.
ResponsibleOhio spent at least $240,000 in advertising at stations, including ones in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown and Mansfield, according to Federal Communications Commission records.
ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Faith Oltman declined to comment on how much the PAC spent to create the ad.
The proposal would create 10 commercial pot farms in specific locations across Ohio and allow residents to grow up to four flowering plants for their own use.
The change, called Issue 3, will be on the November ballot along with a proposal from lawmakers to ban economic monopolies in the state constitution.
If both pass, a lawsuit is likely.
But Bob Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association, said
“any cost savings would be offset by drug treatment.
Legalizing marijuana would lead to more impaired driving and confusing workplaces where drug testing employees would be chaotic”, he added.
Cornwell also said he doesn’t like that ResponsibleOhio used a police officer to advertise legalizing marijuana when so many oppose the proposal.
Those Who Are Supporters:
Locals 75, 880, 1059 of United Food and Commercial Workers in Ohio
Civil rights attorney Scott Greenwood
Former State Sen. Eric Kearney
Cincinnati State President Dr. O’dell Owens
Former Cincinnati Police Officer Howard Rahtz
Former Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
ADAMHS Board of Hancock County
American Academy of Pediatrics, Ohio chapter
Buckeye Association of School Administrators
Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association
Canton Chamber of Commerce
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Citizens Against ResponsibleOhio
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Council of Small Enterprises, Cleveland
Attorney General Mike DeWine
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Dayton Regional Employers Against Marijuana
Drug-Free Action Alliance
Gov. John Kasich
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Libertarian Party of Ohio
Liberty Caucus of Ohio
State Treasurer Josh Mandel
National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio
Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities
Ohio Association of School Business Officials
Ohio Business Roundtable
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Children’s Hospital Association — Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of the six members.
Ohio Council of Behavioral Healthcare Providers
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
Ohio Green Party
Ohio Grocers Association
Ohio Families CANN
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Ohio Manufacturing Association
Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Ohio School Boards Association
Ohio State Coroners Association
Ohio State Medical Association
Prevent Blindness Ohio Affiliate
State Auditor Dave Yost
Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters
In general, Democrats support legalization and Republicans don’t.