Ohio attorneys cannot use medical marijuana or help businesses that offer medicinal cannabis, according to an Aug.12, 2016, article at WLWT.com, website of the NBC affiliate in Cincinatti.
Despite Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signing a law allowing medical marijuana, the state’s Board of Professional Conduct on Aug. 11, 2016, said attorneys must steer clear of medical marijuana because it is prohibited by federal law. The board is part of the state Supreme Court.
Both Democrats and Republicans in the state House of Representatives criticized the board’s opinion.
“That is deeply troublesome from a constitutional standpoint,” state Rep. Dan Ramos, a Democrat, said.
Physician and Republican state Rep. Stephen Huffman said, “It’s going to hamper the ability for the law to be implemented in the spirit of what the General Assembly was trying to accomplish.”
Nevada attorneys recently heard a similar warning from their state Supreme Court, although that state allows its lawyers to represent clients in medical marijuana businesses. Lawyers in Nevada cannot invest in companies that sell medical marijuana, and they cannot use it.