Lawyer Gets Paid In Weed, Keeps His Law License

Some lawyers recognize that not all of their clients are capable of paying for legal services in cash. That’s where the bartering system comes in. Say, for example, your house has some faulty wiring and a potential client would like to trade his electrical services for your representation in his divorce. Of course you’re going to take that deal in lieu of money.

But what happens when you’re a criminal defense attorney and one of your clients would like to pay for your legal assistance with marijuana? Unfortunately, you don’t live in a state where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use. You live in the Deep South, and your state only recently legalized the use of medical marijuana within its borders. It’ll still be years until patients will be able to access it for prescription use. What should you do?

James Mecca, an attorney in Louisiana, was faced with...

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