With more states moving to allow recreational use of marijuana, we’ll see more tax practitioners asked by either new or existing clients if they will help them with the accounting, tax or legal needs of their marijuana business. Despite state actions, the production, sale and use of marijuana is a crime under federal law. Thus, for licensed practitioners, there is concern about ethical violations of helping someone commit a crime.
I’ve got an updated article on this topic in the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s Spring 2015 journal – here. Also, more here.
I’d like to see states be more specific with these laws so far as helping attorneys and CPAs. For example, why not add a law to specify that an attorney or CPA licensed in the state will not face any disciplinary action for assisting a marijuana client as long as done in the same manner that the practitioner serves other clients.
While it seems that the keepers/enforcers of these rules of conduct are not pursing disciplinary actions, it would still be good to have that explicit in the state statute.
What do you think?
Original Post By: Annette Nellen