Nevada Supreme Court delays decision on lawyers' counsel for medical marijuana regulations

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Updated: 5/06/2014 5:54 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP, & KRNV) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has delayed the decision that could allow Nevada lawyers to provide legal counsel to local governments as they create regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries and grow houses. They hope to make their decision in the coming weeks.

Nevada Supreme Court justices say they don't want to rush into approving rules allowing lawyers to advise clients on medical marijuana issues despite pleas from attorneys that guidance is needed quickly.

After a 90-minute hearing Tuesday, the high court took recommendations from the Nevada State Bar and other lawyers under submission.

Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada and the process is underway to license dispensaries, cultivation operations and kitchens to make edible pot products. But marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which causes a dilemma for attorneys.

A professional rule of conduct forbids lawyers from advising a client to break the law. Lawyers are seeking a rule change permitting them to counsel medical marijuana clients and public agencies without fear of facing possible disciplinary action.

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