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Medical marijuana: Arizona Bar Association clarifies stance on legal representation

Over the weekend, the Arizona Bar Association issued a press release reiterating that they really haven’t made up their minds what to do about legal representation for would-be medical marijuana businesses.

Although some reports may have created the perception that the State Bar of Arizona has taken an official position regarding this matter, the Bar has yet to do so.

As has been widely reported, this new law has created many unsettled issues across the legal landscape.  The impact of this law on the ethical rules is equally unsettled.  The State Bar of Arizona will review the new law and provide guidance in advance of the law’s implementation, currently scheduled for late March 2011.

In the interim, the State Bar will not take regulatory action against attorneys for counseling or assisting clients in the implementation of the medical marijuana law during this period.”

Apparently, this release is in response to media articles (like mine ) that reported Patricia Sallen’s “preliminary” opinion on the ethics of representing medical marijuana businesses. In it, she strongly implied that Arizona attorneys may not be able to legally represent medical marijuana businesses– thus leaving them to sift through multiple levels of regulations and laws without representation.

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  7. Jim Hannley
    December 7, 2010

    Something tells me that Patricia Sallen and Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall were Pi Phi pledges together at the U of A in 1962. They still keep in touch!


  8. Lingerie Lover
    January 22, 2011

    I believe medicinal marijuana can help some people but should still have restrictions in play because we need some uptight and not relaxed people to run the countries and councils of the world. The world would become a scary place of peaceful behaviour, laughing at jokes that are not funny and a non-anarchic world with no-one at work and everyone getting the munchies all of the time. Doesn’t sound to bad does it unless the men with their fingers on the button, decide to order pizza with two special keys and a push of a big red button. I wonder if the pizza would arrive before the big bang.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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