On Your Side: Lawyers concerned on medical marijuana ethics

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Updated: 2/13 6:15 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- An On Your Side investigation has revealed that attorneys working with Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County have decided they will not consult with the local governments on medicinal marijuana licensing for now.

Their concern is violating ethics codes under the Nevada Bar Association's rules. Marijuana is still a Class 1 Illegal Drug under federal law.

The attorneys are waiting for the Nevada Supreme Court to issue an opinion on whether or not they will be violating ethical conduct by advising their clients on dispensaries or cultivation centers. As of right now, the Nevada Bar Association still has a rule that puts their law licenses in jeopardy if they do so.

Reno City Attorney John Kadlic says he believes the issue will get resolved, but it does put local governments work on hold. "Until the state bar issues some form of ruling, and we anticipate it will be an expedited matter in the Supreme Court, once they say it's okay, this office will provide the legal advise."

Until this latest development, Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County were all moving forward on trying to establish licensing guidelines. But that is now on hold until the Nevada Bar Association possibly changes the existing rule on attorney conduct.

On Monday, News 4 will run a two-part series on Marijuana in the Silver State. The first part will air on News Four at 5, and the second part will be on News Four at 11, following the Olympics at 11:30 p.m.
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wilson - 2/14/2014 1:09 PM
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A Lawyer concerned over ethics??
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