COLUMBUS: A proposed rule would let Ohio attorneys counsel clients seeking to comply with the stateís new medical marijuana law.
The Ohio Supreme Court released a proposed amendment to its professional conduct rules on Wednesday.
If adopted, it would let attorneys help clients navigate the law and how itís implemented. The proposal says lawyers also should advise clients regarding related federal law.
The proposed amendment comes after the courtís professional conduct board said attorneys canít ethically provide services to people setting up medical marijuana-related businesses because of federal prohibitions on the drug. Using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.
The court is accepting public comment on the proposal through Sept. 18.
Ohioís medical marijuana law takes effect Sept. 8 but wonít be fully operational until two years later.