New Comment to Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct Permits Lawyers to Advise Clients as to Marijuana Use


On March 24, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted a new comment to Colorado Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2. The comment permits a lawyer to advise a client as to the “validity, scope, and meaning” of Colorado’s liberal marijuana laws. However, it instructs that “the lawyer shall also advise the client regarding related federal law and policy.” The full text of the rule change is here. Interestingly, the court declined to act on a proposed amendment that would have expressly permitted Colorado lawyers to use pot.

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