Cannabis Business Executive Quotes Scott Johnson on Rollout of Recreational Marijuana in Ohio


Scott A. Johnson, a member of Eastman & Smith's Cannabis and Hemp Industry Group, was quoted throughout a November 9 article in Cannabis Business Executive titled “Ohio Approves Adult-Use, The Legislative Clock Starts Ticking Today." The article covered a citizens’ initiative that Ohio voters approved on November 7 legalizing recreational marijuana usage by adults in the state. 

In the article, Johnson said that the measure contains a number of deadlines that must be met before sales of recreational marijuana can begin. He cautioned that since Ohio operates a state-run system for liquor sales and heavily regulates medical marijuana, he expects the same approach will be adopted for recreational marijuana, unlike states like Michigan. 

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.