For the longest time, attorneys in Pennsylvania ran a huge risk whenever
they represented a medical marijuana industry client due to legalities
that could take away their license. Attorney Andrew Sacks of Sacks Weston
Diamond LLC saw the incorrectness of the legal statute and petitioned
to have it changed. Now, two years later since his initial request was
created, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally approved it.
(You can view the court’s actual order by
clicking here, as well as the amended rule by
Due to Sacks’ tenacity, the support of his legal team, and their
partnership with the American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH), lawyers throughout Pennsylvania can ethically handle cases for clients
involved in the growing medical marijuana industry. The wording in the
legal statute previously prohibited any lawyer from “counseling
or assisting a client in criminal conduct,” such as managing a medical
marijuana business, which is still outlawed by federal laws. The new change
clears up the matter and states that a lawyer can counsel them in any
matter that is permitted by Pennsylvania State law, even if it is banned
by federal law.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision truly marks a monumental
success for attorneys and medical marijuana industries throughout the
state. Previously, the legal landscape was uneven, working against medical
marijuana businesses and customers, due to the fact that it was difficult
for them to find a legal advocate willing to take their case. With the
risk of recourse removed, more attorneys should be able to step forward
and help the people working to establish a functional medical marijuana,
hemp, and cannabis industry in Pennsylvania.
Stay with our
blog to catch news on any other developments to Pennsylvania medical marijuana
law. We are the state’s leading attorneys on the matter, and our
Philadelphia medical marijuana attorneys intend to continue working with
ATACH and other groups to protect the rights of people in this industry.
You can also
contact us online if you need help with a legal case of your own.