Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jun 2016
Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Copyright: 2016 The Columbus Dispatch
Author: Randy Ludlow


Ohio lawyers are inquiring about the legal ethics accompanying 
medical marijuana.

A committee of the Board of Professional Conduct is examining the 
issue and expects to make a recommendation on an advisory opinion in August.

Two lawyers have sought guidance on ethical issues since lawmakers 
recently legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical purposes.

The questions being asked include the type of services lawyers can 
provide to marijuana-related businesses, attorney ownership in 
related businesses and the personal use of medical marijuana.

The law makes it legal for physicians to prescribe marijuana products 
for qualifying patients, but the law does not shield users from 
discipline or dismissal by employers that bar marijuana use.

The Ohio Supreme Court announced Tuesday that lawyers with 
marijuana-related ethical questions should submit them by July 11.

Ohio still is setting up the rules and licensing network to permit 
the growth and prescribing of medical marijuana, which must be 
available within two years.
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