Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority


California Issues (Draft) Formal Ethics Opinion for Attorneys Advising Marijuana Clients

It escaped my attention earlier, but it looks like the California Bar Association in June issued guidance for California-licensed attorneys informing them of what legal services they may (and may not) ethically provide to marijuana clients. The 16 page opinion from the State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) can be found…

Posted by on November 14, 2019 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , , ,

ABA Passes Resolution Calling Upon Congress to Reform Federal Marijuana Policy

I am pleased to report that the American Bar Association (ABA) just adopted a resolution urging Congress to reform federal marijuana laws. The resolution declares: RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to exempt from the Controlled Substances Act any production, distribution, possession, or 3 use of marijuana carried out in…

Posted by on August 19, 2019 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UPDATE: The Criminal Case Against a San Diego Marijuana Attorney has Settled

Back in September 2017, I blogged about the criminal case against a San Diego marijuana law attorney, Jessica McElfresh, and her client, Med West. The case began in January 2016, when San Diego officials raided Med West, a medical marijuana dispensary. The county suspected Med West had been illegally manufacturing concentrated cannabis oil. But the…

Posted by on July 28, 2018 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , ,

The Ongoing Criminal Case Against a San Diego Marijuana Law Attorney

Back in May 2017, the San Diego County District Attorney filed criminal charges against a medical marijuana dispensary (Med West) for allegedly producing concentrated cannabis oil using dangerous chemicals. I discuss the key statute involved in the case on pages 305-07 of my book. Even more notably, the district attorney also filed charges against the…

Posted by on September 29, 2017 in News, Updates, , , , , , , , , ,

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