Pa. Firms See Green, But Want Ethics Rules for Medical Pot

May 19, 2015 – In The News

Mark Silow was quoted in the Law360 article, “Pa. Firms See Green, But Want Ethics Rules for Medical Pot.” Full text can be found in the May 19, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

With the Pennsylvania Senate’s approval of a bill that legalizes medical marijuana, some law firms are taking more caution than other in regards to preparing for this new legal territory.

Pennsylvania-based attorneys are looking to the Pennsylvania Bar Association for a reference point on how to manage this relatively new field.

Fox’s Firmwide Managing Partner, Mark Silow, said that the firm has two partners in its new Chicago office that have been working on marijuana-related matters.

Silow also said he expected this to spread to the firm’s Pennsylvania offices should this bill pass. Fox’s Pennsylvania branches already have a well-established gaming law practice and could begin handling marijuana cases.

“They’re both heavily regulated industries,” he said. “I don’t know that we would bring anyone new in as much as use our existing attorneys as a resource to develop a skill set locally in Pennsylvania using the expertise that’s been developed with our partners in Chicago.”

Silow agreed that the rules and ethics that will stem from the Pennsylvania Bar Association will determine their approach to related matters.

“We would never put our attorneys in harm’s way if we felt in any jurisdiction that it would be viewed as a violation. It’s certainly something that we’re aware of and are concerned about, and we’re really looking at it on a state-by-state basis,” Silow concluded.