Legal Ethics and State Marijuana Laws Update

Production Date: April 20, 2017 Practice Areas: Ethics and Constitutional Law Estimated Length: 5604 minutes


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It seems that states are legalizing various levels of usage of marijuana left and right. Given the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, however, questions abound about whether lawyers may ethically advise and assist clients in complying with their state’s marijuana laws, or whether they would be running afoul of state and federal ethical rules governing lawyers’ conduct were they to do so. While a handful of states have weighed in on the subject, the majority of state bar associations and ethics committees have remained silent on the issue. Thus, it is imperative that lawyers in states with medical or recreational marijuana laws proceed with caution when contemplating advising or assisting a potential client on issues involving state medical or recreational marijuana laws.

Join attorney Ameer Benno for an update to his extremely popular course discussing the ethical landscape for lawyers working with clients on marijuana-related issues. Here, he discusses conclusions reached by the various state bars that have considered this evolving issue. Additionally, he explores lawyers’ personal exposure under far-reaching federal civil and criminal laws such as conspiracy, asset seizure and forfeiture, and even money laundering.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand conflict between federal and state laws on the issue of legalization of medical and recreational marijuana
  2. Identify the relevant federal criminal and civil statutes that may be implicated by assisting with marijuana-related businesses
  3. Recognize and discuss federal enforcement priorities under the Controlled Substances Act
  4. Address the ABA’s Model Rules 1.2 and 8.4
  5. Survey the decisions of the various state bar associations and ethical committees that have considered the legal ethics of advising or assisting clients in complying with their state’s marijuana laws in the face of federal marijuana prohibition
Edward N.
Federal Way, WA

Well Presented. Good Speaker

Cornelius C.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

This was quite well done.

Peter S.
Evanston, IL

excellent lecture

Seth R.
Bellmore, NY

Best instructor ever.

Ingrid H.
Austin, TX

Important information that is very well presented. Mr. Benno is an excellent speaker. I would take another CLE where he is the instructor.

Angela R.
Villalba, na

Plain English, loved it.

Ralph P.

fascinating subject.

Gerald C.
Cayucos, CA


Thomas M.
Lee's Summit, MO

Mr. Benno did a remarkable presentation on a very difficult topic. Great JOB. Thank you.

Sharon H.

A tremendous amount of information,

Ken C.

This was a very good overview of ethical as well as legal issues for those of us who have not been involved in the Cannibus move.

Willoughby, OH

The speaker was outstanding given the current fluid state of laws relating to marijuana laws and the conflicts between state and federal law.

Drew B.
Dallas, TX

great presentation

Hugh R.
Nampa, ID

Most timely, and the best presentation I've seen in years.

Lesley Renee A.
Newark, NJ

Great overview and history lesson.

Mark M.
Long Beach, CA

Fast moving, detailed and clear. A very good presenter.

Teige W.
Lenoir, NC

Very good speaker; clear and concise information.

Lawrence K.
Van Nuys, CA

Very helpful!

erick w.
el paso, TX


daniel c.
Westport, CT

excellent on tension between state and federal with a lot of state content

Lydia J.
Nashville, TN

Very interesting. Well organized.

Jen L.
Vancouver, WA

engaging speaking style

Vasiliki N.
Lake Oswego, OR

Great speaker in very murky area of the law.

Jeff D.
Vashon, WA

excellent coverage

Lisa P.
Granbury, TX

I thought this was very interesting. Good topic.

Richard B.
Tallahassee, FL

Very interesting course. Thanks!

Lebanon, TN


Nancy Moss G.
Reno, NV

Well Done!

Joel A.
Franklin, WI

I have been giving presentations on legalized marijuana around the state of Wisconsin. I have not considered the ethical issues in this area. Therefore, this presentation was extremely helpful in recognizing these issues.

Brad N.
Bend, OR

Great course!

Kevin M.
Shepherd, TX

Tough area of conflicts, he did as well as anyone i know to explain current status.

Melissa W.
Vale, NC

Exceptionally thorough comparative analysis. This is not an area of law that I practice; I was simply interested in the topic. I felt like I was back in law school during this course, with an efficient overview of federal law, state law, and professional ethics, as they all pertain to CSA. Professor is engaging, to boot, with his use of hypotheticals.

Kristine C.
Dubuque, IA

Absolutely EXCELLENT Presentation and written materials. Speaker was engaging, knew his material with only few references to materials. Without doubt one of the top 3 Lawline Courses I've taken over the last several years. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Josephine K.
Unity, ME

Very comprehensive coverage of the topic. Well done.

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

Scope of coverage by the states is somewhat surprising...interesting

Robert B.

Presenter was very well versed in the subject matter.

John C.
Austin, TX

Wow! Great job. This Ameer Benno was super-prepared for the entire 90 minutes. I would love to attend other CLE presentations on other topics delivered by him.

Raymond G.
Key Largo, FL

Excellent speaker and course

Thomas W.


Lisa O.
Quincy, IL

Outstanding presentation - I would highly recommend this topic and this presenter.

John G.
Kalispell, MT

Excellent presentation and content for a complex and evolving area of law.

Diane H.
Charlestown, MA

Excellent speaker.

Kevin O.
Grand Ledge, MI

Outstanding Presentation!

Andrew P.
Manvel, TX

Nice over view

Curtis S.
Skokie, IL

Excellent. I wish all of your authors did such a good job with the supplementary materials. I am going to go out of my way to give him an online google review.

Marsha H.
Newbern, TN

Excellent course!

Candace B.
Severna Park, MD

Excellent program.

Dana P.
Rockville, MD


Michael P.
Dana Point, CA

Very informative and well presented. Excellent lecture!