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Survey of Marijuana Law in the United States: Issues Facing Attorneys

Got Ethics? Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys

Marijuana legalization leads to ethical dilemmas for bar associations and attorneys. Technically because marijuana sale and use is illegal under federal law, an attorney advising a client regarding marijuana businesses is arguably aiding and abetting the perpetuation of a known federal offense. Advising clients on marijuana is one issue. Another is the use of marijuana by attorneys. Is it an ethical violation for a lawyer to commit a federal offense by using marijuana? On the state level bar associations and attorneys are discussing these issues. 

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