Thinking of Representing Someone in the Cannabis Industry?
by Kim D. Ringler and Lisa D. Taylor
In a growing trend, more than half of the states in the country, along with the District of Columbia, have decriminalized marijuana-related activity to varying degrees. Many states, including New Jersey, New York and Florida, legalized marijuana for limited medicinal purposes such as treating glauco-ma. For example, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act went into effect in 2010. A few jurisdictions, including Colorado, Washington State, California, the District of Columbia and most recently Vermont, have enacted broader laws permitting recreational marijuana use by adults. These changes in public policy reflected in state statutes prompt clients in the cannabis marketplace to reach out for informed legal advice. Attorneys representing these clients need to consider how to safely and ethically dispense legal advice given the head-on conflict between state statutes and controlling federal law.