WASHINGTON: Attorneys across Washington State are advising cannabis clients on the ins and outs of running a legal pot business, and some of that advice may violate federal law.
So the Washington State Supreme Court is considering an ethics rule change to allow attorneys to use cannabis and advise clients on pot business that may run afoul of federal law, The Stranger reports. The King County Bar Association filed a petition with the court last week, and a high court rules committee will consider the filing later this month.
Though voters legalized marijuana by a wide margin last November, attorneys in the state still face a number of “Catch 22″ situations, says KCBA president Anne Daly. “Attorneys have ethical obligations to ensure the citizens of our state receive competent and tireless advocacy as they seek to adhere to state law concerning marijuana distribution,” she wrote. And also, some of them like to smoke pot.
KCBA filed a petition with the American Bar Association earlier this year, but it was withdrawn after the Washington State Bar Association refused to support it. A spokeswoman for the state bar told The Stranger that the they did not feel the ABA was the appropriate venue for the cannabis rule change request, but it is taking up the issue this month, and may issue an advisory opinion.