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Oscar Robertson Looms Large Among Investors Urging Ohio Pot

Oscar Robertson speaks on NBA TV before Game Four of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 11, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio.

Oscar Robertson speaks on NBA TV before Game Four of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 11, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio.

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Investors including basketball star Oscar Robertson and two descendants of President William Howard Taft stand to profit from Ohio’s marijuana trade if voters legalize the drug and restrict its farming to 10 sites.

The group ResponsibleOhio, begun by the financial backers as well as advocates of legal pot, placed a proposed amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana for adults. The Ohio measure includes a first for a U.S. state: It would place control of marijuana cultivation in the hands of designated investor groups, which include the 6-foot-5 Hall of Fame guard and the presidential scions.