Updated Thu, Jun 12, 2014 5:05 pm
A national organization that favors relaxed U.S. drug laws is honoring a Columbus-born businessman and philanthropist for decades of work toward its cause.
Former Columbus media executive Richard M. Wolfe spearheaded a 1976 state law that reduced possession of small amounts of marijuana to a misdemeanor.
Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, along with ex-lawmakers involved in the decriminalization effort, planned to recognize Wolfe at a downtown Columbus restaurant Thursday for 40 years of contributions "toward enlightened drug policies."
The 80-year-old Wolfe now lives in San Francisco.
Among Wolfe's charitable activities as president of WBNS-TV in the 1970s was chairing the Franklin County Mental Health Board.
The alliance says that's where Wolfe first learned of problems drug users faced with the justice system and sought reform.