The first of 10 investors in a statewide marijuana issue to be made public is James Gould, a Cincinnati sports agent, businessman, and member of the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Gould will be "utilizing his 25 years of work in private equity and 30 years of development experience to secure accredited investors to fund the campaign," according to a statement released today by ResponsibleOhio, the group backing a marijuana issue for the November statewide ballot.

Gould has represented a number professional athletes and also serves on board of the Korey Stringer Institute, named after the former Ohio State University All-American and star with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL who died from heat stroke in 2001.