Ok, who is Nick Lachey? That’s what I had to ask. If you don’t know the answer, this is a pointless story. If you do know the answer, it’s kind of funny, well… sort of.
Nick Lachey is the former lead singer of boy-band 98 Degrees. He is perhaps more famous as co-star of the TV show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, with ex-wife Jessica Simpson (babe above left, or perhaps right if you’re that way inclined).
After an initial vague stirring of my memory and a little bit of Googling I half remember being slightly envious of Mr Lachey when I was 14, watching the programme after school, and just getting into marijuana. I’ll be honest, I’m even more envious of him now.
You see, Lachey is owner of one of 10 farms that could be allowed to control all large-scale marijuana cultivation in the state. Mr Lachey's piece of the action is 29 acres just outside of Akron, which he co-owns with a couple of financial executives and a car dealership owner from Texas. All of the 1,100 state-regulated marijuana retail shops in Ohio will have to buy from his farm or one of the other nine. Within four years, according to one study, it is estimated those 10 farms would be selling $1.1bn worth of the drug every year.
No wonder he is smiling...