RULES OF COURT
STATE SUPREME COURT
[September 5, 2018]
IN THE MATTER OF THE SUGGESTED AMENDMENTS TO RPC 1.2—SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION AND ALLOCATION OF AUTHORITY BETWEEN LAWYER AND CLIENT COMMENT 18 AND RPC 8.4—MISCONDUCT NEW COMMENT 8
In response to a request to review ethical obligations of RPC 1.2 Comment 18, and upon the Washington State Bar Association Council on Professional Ethics recommendations of the
suggested amendments to RPC 1.2—Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Lawyer and Client Comment 18 and RPC 8.4—Misconduct New Comment 8, and the Court having considered the amendments and having determined that the suggested amendments will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice;
Now, therefore, it is hereby
(a) That the suggested amendments as shown below are adopted.
(b) That pursuant to the emergency provisions of GR 9 (j)(1), the suggested amendments will be published expeditiously in the Washington Reports and will become effective upon publication.
dated at Olympia, Washington this 5th day of September, 2018.
Gordon McCloud, J.
SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION AND
ALLOCATION OF AUTHORITY BETWEEN CLIENT AND LAWYER
(a) - (f) (Unchanged)
Comments - (Unchanged)
Special Circumstances Presented by Washington's Marijuana LawsInitiative 502 (Laws of 2013, ch. 3)
 At least until there is a change in federal enforcement policy Under paragraph (d), a lawyer may counsel a client regarding the validity, scope and meaning of Washington's marijuana lawsInitiative 502 (Laws of 2013, ch. 3) and may assist a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by this statute and the other statutes, regulations, orders, and other state and local provisions implementing themthose laws. If Washington law conflicts with federal or tribal law, the lawyer shall also advise the client regarding the related federal or tribal law and policy.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
(a) - (n) (Unchanged)
 -  (Unchanged)
 A lawyer who counsels a client regarding Washington's marijuana laws or assists a client in conduct that the lawyer reasonably believes is permitted by those laws does not thereby violate RPC 8.4. See also Washington Comment  to RPC 1.2.
Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040