WA Bar Association: Lawyers Can Use Cannabis, Operate Cannabis Businesses

joint1The Washington State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee has advised that attorneys are free to use cannabis for personal use, and to operate cannabis businesses.

Recently Washington’s Supreme Court made a ruling (Comment [18] to Rule 1.2) that lawyers “who advise clients on marijuana-related activities permitted under state law” aren’t violating Washington’s Rule of Professional Conduct. They didn’t, however, make a ruling on whether or not attorneys can participate in state-legal activities themselves, or if they can operate a legal cannabis business.

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