Hawaii High Court Seeks Comments On Marijuana Ethics Rule

Law360, New York (September 29, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT) -- Following a Hawaii disciplinary board opinion that lawyers can't help clients establish state-authorized medical marijuana businesses in violation of federal law, the Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking comments for a proposed rule change enabling attorneys to counsel clients on conduct permitted under state law.

The high court said in its proposed rule change to the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct posted online Friday that it would like to clarify the extent that attorneys can counsel their clients when state law conflicts with that of other jurisdictions, giving the public until Oct. 16 to submit comments on the proposed amendment.

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