Ohio Group Tries to Get Pot Legalization Initiative on November Ballot

An Ohio group is making an unusual and controversial bid to legalize recreational marijuana in the state — with a likely vote just months away.

The winning strategy in the four states that have so far legalized recreational pot has largely been grassroots efforts that get support from high-profile national groups such as NORML.

However, the Ohio effort is instead being led by a group that is backed by wealthy investors — part of a unconventional business plan in which the investors give millions to 10 limited-liability corporations connected to the 10 commercial pot farms called for in the proposed state constitutional amendment.

Pro-legalization groups and other critics compare the strategy to “big tobacco” and say it intends to create a pot-growing “cartel” or “monopoly.”