Editorial: Only A First Step For Medical Marijuana
Yes, the Connecticut Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee issued an informal opinion (2013-02), the substance of which is that Connecticut attorneys can help a little, but not too much. That informal opinion is worthy of Casper Milquetoast. You tell us what you think this double speak, straight from the informal opinion, says Connecticut lawyers can do with impunity: "It is our opinion that lawyers may advise clients of the requirements of the Connecticut Palliative Use of Marijuana Act. Lawyers may not assist clients in conduct that is in violation of federal criminal law. Lawyers should carefully assess where the line is between those functions and not cross it."
We need a strong formal opinion, but that is not enough, because the state disciplinary counsel has no discretion to dismiss complaints and no opinion will necessarily stop the statewide grievance committee and then the Superior Court from disciplinary action. The General Assembly needs to step up and legislate, to clear the road ahead.