High court taking input on lawyers representing dispensaries
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking public input on whether lawyers should be allowed to represent medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal under state law but not federal statutes.
West Hawaii Today reports that a proposed change to the court's rules of professional conduct would allow attorneys to counsel clients on actions "expressly permitted" by Hawaii law, but that they must also warn their clients about legal consequences under other applicable laws.
The proposed change comes after recent complaints by two high-profile attorneys that the court's Disciplinary Board interprets the law in a way that makes lawyers working for would-be dispensaries complicit in breaking federal law.
Comments on the proposed change will be accepted until Oct. 16 at the Judiciary Communications and Community Relations Office.
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