Attorney Ethics, Conflicts, Disclosures, and Risks

An attorney who represents a client engaged in marijuana-related activity faces numerous ethical issues and risks. For example, the attorney might be charged with a crime, along with the client, for aiding and abetting a federal crime under 21 USC §846. The attorney must make appropriate disclosures to the client regarding such risks and potential conflicts of interest

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Report Urges DOJ to Document Approach to Monitoring Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Challenge States Who Do Not Comply With DOJ Guidance

By Bonnie C. Maly, CEB Publications Attorney

A new report issued by the GAO has found that the DOJ did not document its monitoring process on the effects of marijuana legalization, as required by standards applicable to all federal agencies for establishing and maintaining internal controls

Progress Report

By Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy

This report dentifies three key issues related to the possibility of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults to which the commission has devoted significant research and analysis during the past 18 months.

Marijuana Legalization and You: Avoiding Pitfalls

By Bill Ross

Bar Counsel is not out to prosecute lawyers who, in good faith, assist clients in conduct that is in strict compliance with District of Columbia law. Until such time as we have more guidance on the ethical boundaries in this area, we anticipate exercising discretion similar to that laid out in the Department of Justice guidance memos.

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Web Site: America's Weed Rush

This investigation of marijuana legalization in America is the 2015 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia investigative reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates.

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