South Dakota State Bar Says Lawyers Cannot Serve Cannabis Industry

The State Bar of South Dakota ethics committee says that attorneys in the state may not provide legal services to cannabis industry clients. This guidance comes after voters approved both medical and adult-use cannabis legalization in the state in November. The opinion cites the South Dakota Bar Rules of Professional Conduct which directs lawyers not to “counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct the lawyer knows is criminal or fraudulent. Two steps forward; one step backwards.


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