Ohio Capital Journal Quotes Scott Johnson on Next Steps for Legalized Marijuana


Scott A. Johnson, a member of Eastman & Smith's Cannabis and Hemp Industry group, was quoted in a November 9 article in the Ohio Capital Journal titled “Cannabis Advocates Remain Hopeful About Legalization as Ohio Republicans Look to Make Changes." The article covered a citizens initiative that Ohio voters approved on November 7 legalizing recreational marijuana usage by adults in the state.

Although the measure is slated to take effect in December, state lawmakers can amend or repeal it, and some have already discussed making changes.

“What you see may not be exactly what you get when all the dust settles once we see how the legislature reacts to this,” said Mr. Johnson. 

Mr. Johnson and Eastman & Smith's Cannabis and Hemp Industry Group has experience representing clients in this industry. The cross-disciplinary team has represented cultivators, producers, dispensaries, health care professionals and product manufacturers with their legal needs for both medical and recreational use in states where permitted by law. The group assisted parties in connection with the recent rollout of additional medical dispensary permits in Ohio via a lottery system. The Firm also has longstanding experience with legalized cannabis in Michigan, where the Firm represents cultivators and dispensaries. For questions regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in Ohio, please contact Mr. Johnson