Opinion below. Digest:
ISSUE: May a California lawyer ethically represent a client in respect to a medical marijuana enterprise in California?
DIGEST: A California attorney may ethically represent a California client in respect to lawfully forming and operating a medical marijuana dispensary and related matters permissible under state law, even though the attorney may thereby aid and abet violations of federal law. However, the attorney should advise the client of potential liability under federal law and relevant adverse consequences and should be aware of the attorney’s own risks.