New York State Bar Updates Attorney Advice on Medical Marijuana

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Bloomberg Law reported on the Committee on Professional Ethics’ Opinion 1177. (may require subscription)

The New York State Bar Association recently reaffirmed that attorneys can help clients comply with the state’s medical marijuana law without running afoul of professional ethics Rule 1.2(d), prohibiting counseling a client to break the law.

Federal law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of marijuana but enforcement exceptions have been made for medical marijuana, including the now-rescinded Cole Memo and the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.

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