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AKRON, Ohio – As of Monday, work has begun inside a Home Avenue building approved for the cultivation of medical marijuana. Under a law passed early last yea,r the state intends to have a fully functioning medical marijuana distribution system up and running by September. 24 sites were approved across the state in November, including three in Summit County. Although medical marijuana has been legalized by the state, under federal law, marijuana of any kind, medical or recreational, is still illegal. “That would mean that it really wouldn’t matter that Ohio had legalized medical marijuana, because anybody who is engaged in distributing or in possession of marijuana would be subject to federal prosecution,” said University of Akron Law Professor Bill Rich. Under a memorandum issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, federal prosecutors are encouraged to enforce federal law. Will federal authorities prosecute legal medical marijuana growers in Ohio?

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