CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Supreme Court is seeking public comment on a proposed rule change for lawyers in connection with the West Virginia Medical Cannibas Act.

The legislature passed a bill last year that makes medical marijuana legal in the Mountain State. An advisory board is currently working on the law’s implementation, which is anticipated some time in 2019.

The state Supreme Court, under its rule-making authority, is taking comments by Feb. 16 on the proposed change to the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.

The proposed rule change:

A lawyer may counsel or assist a client regarding conduct expressly permitted under Senate Bill 386, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes and any state rules, regulations, orders, policies and procedures implementing the aforesaid act, as amended. In these circumstances, the lawyer shall advise the client regarding related federal law.


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