Nevada considers new rules for marijuana lawyers

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Updated: 5/06/2014 12:22 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is considering a rule change allowing lawyers to advise clients about medical marijuana issues without running afoul of professional conduct standards.

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 Nevada State Bar Association rule forbids lawyers from advising a client to break the law. Both private and public agency lawyers have asked the state bar for guidance on whether they could face disciplinary action for representing medical marijuana clients.

An amendment to be considered Tuesday by the court specifies a lawyer isn't in violation of conduct rules if an activity is specifically allowed by state law.

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