Marijuana Lawyers are Set Free in Colorado and Washington States

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Some lawyers who specialize in marijuana deals and marijuana clients have worried about possible legal ramifications with their respective State Bar or otherwise. Federal law holds that marijuana is illegal regardless of state laws, and attorneys cannot help their clients participate in illegal activities. There has not been any case law known to this author giving protection to attorneys who work with marijuana businesses.

Eureka! The Colorado Supreme Court just approved a rule that eliminates the threat of possible ethics violations for attorneys who counsel marijuana businesses. That is good for Colorado sand Washington attorneys and also attorneys elsewhere who work with medical marijuana businesses that are legal at the state level.

Now in Colorado and Washington lawyers may assist clients in conduct which lawyers reasonably believe is permitted by state or local provisions.

Prohibition IS ending.

About Douglas Slain

Doug received a JD from Stanford Law School, a MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from DePauw University (Phi Beta Kappa). After practicing real estate and finance law at then Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, he founded four national monthly law reporting titles now owned by Thomson-Reuters. He served two consecutive terms as chairman of the American Bar Association’s General Practice section’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Slain was an ABA-appointed rule of law consultant to the Ministry of Economy for the Republic of Latvia as its secured transactions adviser. He taught briefly at Stanford Law School as an adjunct clinical law professor. Slain has been the managing partner of Private Placement Advisors since August 2009. In January 2013 he founded Outliers Network.

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