Medical Marijuana Users in Ohio Will Be at Risk for OVIs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - Medical marijuana will soon come to Ohio, but users will face challenges with current laws in the state.

Criminal Defense Attorney Sean Logue said people who use medical marijuana could soon face penalties while driving.

"Under Ohio law, driving with an elevated THC level is illegal and is an OVI, so an otherwise lawful user could be found guilty of an OVI," said Logue.

Legally, a person is considered driving-impaired if there is too much marijuana metabolite in the driver's system. The limit is 35 nanograms in urine and or 50 nanograms in the blood stream.

Logue said he is concerned that regular users of medical marijuana could go over that limit by using it daily for pain treatment.