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Nick Lachey backs legalizing pot; Prosecutor condemns move

Nick Lachey (FOX19 NOW file) Nick Lachey (FOX19 NOW file)
After Nick Lachey threw his support behind legalizing pot in Ohio, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell condemned the move. (FOX19 NOW) After Nick Lachey threw his support behind legalizing pot in Ohio, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell condemned the move. (FOX19 NOW)
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell (FOX19 NOW file) Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell (FOX19 NOW file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Nick Lachey threw his support behind legalizing marijuana in Ohio this week, but one local prosecutor condemns the move.

The Cincinnati native and restaurant owner, boy band and reality TV star announced Wednesday he favors the ResponsibleOhio proposed constitutional amendment. He has invested in the Summit County property that could be among the 10 farms to grow legal cannabis if voters approve the measure, ResponsibleOhio has acknowledged.

“Ohio is my home, and as a resident and local business owner I am proud to be part of a movement that has the potential to create jobs, reinvigorate the local economy and improve the safety of our communities,” Lachey said in a statement ResponsibleOhio released. “Passage of this proposal will result in much-needed economic development opportunities across Ohio, and update the state's position on marijuana in a smart and safe way.”

In supporting ResponsibleOhio, Lachey joins business, civic and cultural leaders with close ties to Ohio – including NBA Hall of Fame player Oscar Robertson, NFL Defensive End Frostee Rucker, prominent fashion designer Nanette Lepore, and philanthropist and community leader Barbara Gould, in fighting for a better economic future for the state.

But Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell condemned the move in a posting on his Facebook page.

"This isn't about freedom or jobs or taxes, folks," he posted. "It's about amending our constitution to give a few rich people a monopoly. No matter where you stand on the issue of drug legalization, this is a bad, bad, bad idea."

ResponsibleOhio says its proposed reform package will create an estimated 10,000 new permanent jobs and an additional 10,000 construction jobs in the state through the development of testing, cultivation, processing and distribution facilities. "This new industry is projected to generate $554 million in new annual tax revenues by 2020, which will be used to fund economic development initiatives, infrastructure improvements and public safety services, statewide," Wednesday's statement reads.

“Nick Lachey has continued to give back to the state of Ohio in many ways,” said ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James. “We are thrilled to have his support as we move forward with our campaign to repeal Ohio's failed marijuana prohibition and replace it with a safe and legal market.”

In March, the Ohio Ballot Board approved ResponsibleOhio's proposed amendment as a single issue, and the campaign began circulating petitions shortly thereafter to gather the signatures required to place the amendment on the November 2015 ballot

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