Lawyers seeking to do business in the marijuana industry need to consider State ethics rules before accepting representation. For example, Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(d) prohibits lawyers from counseling a client to engage, or assisting a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent. The Pennsylvania Bar has proposed a new subsection to one such rule that will, if adopted, guide lawyers who wish to represent clients in the growing marijuana industry.
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