NV Supreme Court Delays Rule Change For Marijuana Lawyers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATED- CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Supreme Court justices say they don't want to rush into approving rules allowing lawyers to advise clients on medical marijuana issues despite pleas from attorneys that guidance is needed quickly.

After a 90-minute hearing Tuesday, the high court took recommendations from the Nevada State Bar and other lawyers under submission.

Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada and the process is underway to license dispensaries, cultivation operations and kitchens to make edible pot products. But marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which causes a dilemma for attorneys.

A professional rule of conduct forbids lawyers from advising a client to break the law. Lawyers are seeking a rule change permitting them to counsel medical marijuana clients and public agencies without fear of facing possible disciplinary action.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court is considering a rule change allowing lawyers to advise clients about medical marijuana issues without running afoul of professional conduct standards.

Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada and the process is underway to license dispensaries, cultivation operations and kitchens to make edible pot products.

But marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which causes a dilemma for attorneys.

A Nevada State Bar Association rule forbids lawyers from advising a client to break the law. Both private and public agency lawyers have asked the state bar for guidance on whether they could face disciplinary action for representing medical marijuana clients.

An amendment to be considered Tuesday by the court specifies a lawyer isn't in violation of conduct rules if an activity is specifically allowed by state law.


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