November 21, 2016 Top Story

Ethics Board Advises Attorneys to Avoid Medical Marijuana Clients

Decision widens jurisdictional split and highlights conflict over marijuana law

Stephen Carr

Attorneys aiding clients in the medical marijuana industry risk violating Professional Rule of Conduct 1.2(d). Ohio was the twenty-fifth state to legalize medical marijuana, and the Ohio Supreme Court created a narrow exception to Rule 1.2(d) to allow attorneys to ethically represent clients seeking to comply with the state's new medical marijuana law. The decision deepens the split between jurisdictions over how Rule 1.2(d) applies to the medical marijuana industry and highlights the uncertain legal landscape for attorneys in states without specific exceptions uncertainty.

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