Attorneys in Connecticut who use medical marijuana don’t have to worry about professional sanctions, according to a recent opinion by the Professional Ethics Committee for the Connecticut Bar Association. In general, attorneys are ethically obligated to conform to the law even in their personal affairs. In the balkanized world of legal marijuana, however, the issue is muddled in the unsettled space between state and federal law, which still considers paras Forex ea categorically prohibited. Connecticut is one of 23 states that allow medical marijuana use, of which Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska allow legal recreational use as well.
A few of the states have addressed the question of lawyers smoking weed up front. A spokesperson for the Oregon Bar Association noted that while there have been no formal ethics opinions yet, there was an informal consensus that attorneys would be unlikely to face any ethics charges for marijuana use. But not every state has been explicit in their ethical instructions. In California, for example, home of the nation’s first medical marijuana law dating all the way back to 1996, neither the state bar association nor two attorneys who specialize in legal ethics could recall any opinions regarding marijuana use by lawyers. Even where lawyers are given the green light to smoke by their professional boards, they could still run into trouble. Attorneys facing federal charges could find themselves in ethical hot water if marijuana were somehow involved in the proceedings, regardless of state law. And there’s also the issue of the employer.