Is marijuana a new growth industry for Ohio?

Ian James, architect of a proposal to legalize pot in Ohio, said it stemmed from a simple notion: "Let's take this from the tie-dye to the suit-and-tie approach to marijuana."

James, CEO of the Strategy Network, a Columbus political consulting firm, turned to Cincinnati lawyer Chris Stock for help. Would Stock draft a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would outline how pot would be regulated for personal and medical use? "I've never used marijuana in my life," Stock told James. "I'm not sure I want to be involved." But he relented.

"The hook for me," Stock recalled, "was that Ian said, 'This is coming. You can bury your head in the sand and ignore it or be part of the solution.'"

Stock, who is CEO of the State & High Group, a public policy consulting firm, finalized the amendment language last month. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine must determine whether...

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