Retired Cincinnati Police Captain Speaks On His Opinion On Issue 3 In New Ad “Ohio’s Costly Ban On Marijuana Is Failing”


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.


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