Ohio’s lawyers have ethics questions about medical marijuana


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys are asking whether Ohio’s new medical marijuana law that bars employers from disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses applies to them.

Lawyers have submitted at least two requests for formal opinions on the matter to the state Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct. Only the state’s high court can discipline licensed attorneys.

Attorneys want to know whether lawyers can use medical marijuana, own or operate medical marijuana businesses and represent marijuana cultivators, processors, dispensaries, patients and caregivers.

The new law bars professional license holders from being disciplined solely for engaging in activities related to medical marijuana.

The Board of Professional Conduct is expected to issue an advisory opinion in August. The state Supreme Court is asking lawyers with related questions to submit them by July 11.

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