Washington Advises on Attorney Marijuana Use

Washington has recently shed some light on what some are calling the “gray area” of the intersection between attorneys and marijuana in the state. The Washington State Bar’s Ethics Committee recently issued Washington Informal Op. 201501,  providing that an attorney may participate in a marijuana-related business if it is “separate and apart” from his or her law practice and does not affect his or her ability to comply with the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct. It further provides that an attorney may purchase and use marijuana provided that it does not interfere with the attorney’s ethical obligations to provide competent legal advice and otherwise.

For more on this, see this article in the Legal Ethics in Motion blog and the Washington State Bar’s Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion 201501.

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