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 medical marijuana law bars professional license holders from being disciplined “solely for engaging in professional or occupational activities related to medical marijuana.”

The law also allows employers to fire workers who are medical marijuana patients if they violate drug-free policies put forth by their employer.

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