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Arizona Bar issues ethics opinion allowing AZ attorneys to give advice on medical marijuana

The Arizona Bar just issued an ethics opinion that essentially says that Arizona lawyers can advise Arizonans on medical marijuana issues, despite the fact that doing so would be a lawyer advising a client on how to break federal law.

The opinion concludes:

Lawyers may ethically advise clients about complying with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, including advising them about compliance with Arizona law, assisting them to establish business entities, and formally representing clients before a governmental agency regarding licensing and certification issues, but only in the narrow circumstances set forth in this opinion and only if lawyers strictly adhere to those requirements. (Op.)

Those narrow circumstances include advising the client that the conduct is still against federal law.

Lets hear it for the Arizona Bar.

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