Bar Association Bitch Slaps Unethical Marijuana McLawyers !!
This one is for DONKEY_HOTAY, vindicated at last by the CO-Bar... It was a long time coming, but now here is the official slapdown of marijuana McLawyer ethics by their own ethics committee, in a Formal Opinion adopted Oct. 21, 2013 and just released:
Bar Association Ethics Committee Says Marijuana Lawyers Violate Rules of Professional Conduct
The Ethics Committee of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) has formally ruled that it is a violation of ethics rules for attorneys to advise or assist their clients in violation of federal marijuana laws, even if the activities are legal under state law. According to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2(d), "a lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal...."
The Opinion states that, despite the fact that "Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment decriminalizing the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use on November 6, 2012", " marijuana continues to be illegal under federal law for all purposes."
The CBA Ethics Committee Formal Opinion states:
"Nevertheless, unless and until there is a change in applicable federal law or in the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, a lawyer cannot advise a client regarding the full panoply of conduct permitted by the marijuana amendments to the Colorado Constitution and implementing statutes and regulations. To the extent that advice were to cross from advising or representing a client regarding the consequences of a client’s past or contemplated conduct under federal and state law to counseling the client to engage, or assisting the client, in conduct the lawyer knows is criminal under federal law, the lawyer would violate Rule 1.2(d)."
Thanks to Donkey_Hotay for calling this one from the beginning!
Will the Greedy Lawyers in Arizona be as venally corrupt in counseling, aiding and abetting the Continuing Criminal Enterprises of their drug dealing clients?
Will the Arizona Bar take swift action to stop this gross malpractice?