Marijuana Law and Policy

On September 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted an amendment to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct that clarifies the ethical responsibilities for attorneys under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law (H.B. 523).

Previously, on August 5, 2016, in a non-binding advisory opinion, the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct ruled that

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) may issue a decision as soon as this summer regarding the potential downgrading of cannabis to allow for its medical use.

In response to a letter from seven U.S. Senators in December, 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issued a 26-page response in April, 2016, that many believe indicates