Attorney Ethics, Conflicts, Disclosures, and Risks

An attorney who represents a client engaged in marijuana-related activity faces numerous ethical issues and risks. For example, the attorney might be charged with a crime, along with the client, for aiding and abetting a federal crime under 21 USC §846. The attorney must make appropriate disclosures to the client regarding such risks and potential conflicts of interest

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Report Urges DOJ to Document Approach to Monitoring Effects of Marijuana Legalization and Challenge States Who Do Not Comply With DOJ Guidance

By Bonnie C. Maly, CEB Publications Attorney

A new report issued by the GAO has found that the DOJ did not document its monitoring process on the effects of marijuana legalization, as required by standards applicable to all federal agencies for establishing and maintaining internal controls

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