Court to review Ohio attorneys’ help to marijuana businesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is looking to clarify the services attorneys can provide to clients seeking to comply with the state’s new medical marijuana law.

The move comes after the court’s Board of Professional Conduct had said attorneys can’t ethically provide legal services to people setting up medical marijuana-related business because of federal prohibitions on the drug. Using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Board says attorneys can’t help Ohio marijuana businesses

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said Wednesday the board’s non-binding advisory opinion has caused some lawyers to question whether they can help clients follow the new law. She said the court hopes to address their concerns and, if necessary, amend ethics rules to clarify the role of attorneys.

She said the court would consider proposed amendments to its professional conduct rules later this month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s