As previously covered on our blog (for example
here), Andrew Sacks has been working for months with the Philadelphia Bar Association
to clarify the rules for lawyers in light of the recent legalization of
medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Specifically, his goal has been to achieve clarity on the guidelines concerning
whether it would be permissible for an attorney to represent any person
or company involved in the marijuana industry without violating the Canons
of Ethics in Pennsylvania. Though medical marijuana has been legalized
on the state level, it remains illegal under federal law, a circumstance
which raises questions and creates a gray area.
Thankfully, the Bar has completed their review of the question, and recently
published a resolution regarding the proposed amendments to Pennsylvania
Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2, which clarifies the issue and opens
the door for attorneys to work with individuals and companies in the new
medical marijuana industry free from concern about violating bar rules
on the state level.
Philadelphia Bar Association Resolution Regarding Proposed Amendments to
Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2
Amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct Relating to
Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer