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CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Lawyers, Marijuana, and Ethics

By Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal

As state marijuana laws have dramatically changed in recent years, more and more lawyers have asked state ethics authorities for guidance about how these changes in the legal landscape impact the ethical obligations of and limitations on lawyers. In this article, we review the guidance state ethics authorities have offered so far to their lawyers about how to practice ethically under the new marijuana regimes found now in more than half of the American states.

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