Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nevada professional ethics rules on medical marijuana delayed

Yesterday, the Nevada Supreme Court announced it needed more time to address ethics rules for lawyers who want to advise clients on the state's medical marijuana law.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the details (previous coverage here): 

Members of the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for more time before deciding on a request from the State Bar to provide legal protections for lawyers who advise clients on medical marijuana issues.


But the court also indicated it might move faster to resolve one pressing issue by providing guidance to attorneys who are obligated to advise local elected officials now wrestling with implementation of the state law allowing for the operation of the dispensaries.


Many of the attorneys are not providing such guidance because current rules prohibit it.


The Nevada Bar Association wants the justices to adopt a rule to shield attorneys from losing their law licenses if they counsel somebody who wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in violation of federal law.


The rule would protect attorneys who advise cities and counties on the issue.

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