Nevada court: Lawyers can give medical pot advice

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court has amended the state rules of professional conduct for lawyers to allow them to counsel clients on the state's medical marijuana laws.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1kNz8vH ), court comment released Wednesday says "a lawyer may counsel a client regarding the validity, scope and meaning of Nevada constitution Article 4, Section 38," which addresses the voter approved medical marijuana law.

The paper says that the comment was from six members of the court who heard the request for guidance from the Nevada State Bar.

Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada and the process is underway to license dispensaries, cultivation operations and kitchens to make edible pot products. But marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which causes a dilemma for attorneys.

The Review-Journal says the ruling is effective immediately.

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