Medical Marijuana Prompts Plan To Alter Ethics Rules
"It's important because right now there are at least two rules implicated, that if an attorney assists a client in breaking the law, it could be an ethics violation," Whitney said. "That creates a very uneasy situation."
Her firm has told its client there are certain tasks "we refuse to do," such as holding money in escrow accounts, for fear of "getting too close to the line."
The rule change, if approved, would allow lawyers to provide representation of medical marijuana businesses without as much worry of running into trouble with their law license.
"It's not iron clad," she said of the proposed change. "But it certainly helps."
Frederick Ury, of Westport's Ury & Moskow, is a former CBA president who is now a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Ethics 20/20, which is studying the future of the law and the legal profession.
Ury, who is representing a Fairfield entrepreneur who is seeking approval for a marijuana dispensary, said the rule change is important for lawyers in the state.
"I think this would give them more confidence that they are not running afoul of the rules locally," he said. "That's a good thing."•