Do attorneys who use cannabis legally nonetheless risk violating the Rules of Professional Ethics?

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Last night, just as I finished revising my Expert Analysis submission on workplace drug testing to Law360, another new Law360 article on cannabis use caught my eye.

Whether by industry regulation or perhaps in an employee handbook, rules of ethics govern many workplaces. Rules of Professional Conduct govern the practice of law. As more states legalize the recreational use of cannabis, one question is whether lawyers, consistent with the rules of professional conduct, may use regulated cannabis.

The Law360 article I read noted that New Jersey’s Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics had just weighed in on this issue.


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