medical marijuana

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The state’s new medical marijuana law goes into effect tomorrow. That means Ohio can start putting the process in place to allow Ohioans to get medical marijuana. But that doesn’t mean Ohioans with illnesses that qualify for the drug can get or use it anytime soon. 

Doctors could begin writing letters for patients who qualify so if they're caught with small amounts of marijuana before the law is fully implemented, they wouldn’t be prosecuted.

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  The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a proposed amendment to provide some clarification for lawyers who are trying to advise clients about the state’s new medical marijuana law. 

The court’s suggested amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct says a lawyer can assist a client regarding conduct that it permitted under the new state law, but the lawyer has to advise the client of related federal law, which says marijuana is illegal. 

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A day that medical marijuana activists have been awaiting for decades dawns on Sept. 8, when the state law creating a medical marijuana program in Ohio takes effect.

But with less than two weeks to go, there’s a lot of work to do. Two lawmakers who were intimately involved in crafting the law talked about why the program seems to be getting a slow start.

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The state has authorized nearly two million dollars to be spent to set up the new medical marijuana program – which is supposed to take effect in less than three weeks. 

A panel of lawmakers has authorized more than $1.8 million to establish the state’s medical marijuana program, which is supposed to start September 8.

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Though the state is still hammering out the details of how its medical marijuana program will work when the law allowing it takes effect next month, experts are predicting it will be a multi-hundred-million-dollar industry. 

Chris Walsh tracks the pot industry for Marijuana Business Daily, and he estimates Ohio medical marijuana sales of up to $400 million a year. He says there’s a reason for that buried in the list of conditions in the law for which doctors will be able to recommend pot.