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Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizion?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In two years, Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana industry has gone from non-existent to a thriving industry, with over $60 million a year in total sales and over 400 licensed retailers. Despite the growing popularity...more

Medicinal marijuana patients’ protection from federal enforcement extended through the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

In the past five years, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia (DC) have voted to legalize medicinal marijuana; and seven states and DC have legalized recreational marijuana use. The federal government has...more

Medical Board Investigations Transcend the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege

In Cross v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, No. B277600, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Five recently held that (1) the psychotherapist-patient privilege does not protect the subpoenaed records...more

Federal and Pennsylvania Tax Deduction Limitations on Medical Marijuana Businesses

by Cozen O'Connor on

The growing, processing, dispensing, and use of medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania on May 18, 2016, under the Medical Marijuana Act, Act 2016-16 (S.B. 3), 35 P.S. § 10231.101, et seq. (the Act). Medical marijuana...more

Prescribing Controlled Substances Without an In-Person Exam: The Practice of Telemedicine Under the Ryan Haight Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series addressing telemedicine prescribing and controlled substances, designed to give some much needed practical guidance and orientation to established healthcare providers,...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

by PretiFlaherty on

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent...more

Telemedicine Prescribing and Controlled Substances Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a series addressing telemedicine prescribing and controlled substances, designed to give some much needed practical guidance and orientation to established health care providers,...more

DEA awards Schedule II classification to synthetic THC drug

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On March 23, 2017, the DEA announced it has scheduled the newly approved synthetic THC-containing drug, Syndros, as a Class II substance. This announcement comes as a surprise to some for a number of reasons, including that...more

Ohio Telemedicine Prescribing and Controlled Substances Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ohio Medical Board just last week adopted new rules for telemedicine prescribing of drugs and controlled substances, allowing providers to prescribe drugs via telemedicine without conducting an in-person examination....more

Federal Enforcement Focuses on Drug Treatment Clinics

by Burr & Forman on

Like pain clinics and pharmacies, practitioners treating substance use disorder appear to be a target for federal enforcers. Under President Trump’s administration and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, law enforcement...more

An Empty Bargain: Circuit Overturns Guilty Plea Entered By Defendant Unapprised of Mandatory Life Sentence

In a decision dated March 10, 2017, the Circuit issued a blistering decision vacating the district court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea in United States v. Johnson, No. 15-3498-cr (Jacobs, J.,...more

Could 2017 Really Be the Year that Marijuana Becomes Decriminalized?

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Additional legislation is being introduced in U.S. Congress attempting to decriminalize marijuana. The latest, HR 1227 entitled “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” was introduced on February 27th. The bill was...more

The Failure to Warn of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

by Cozen O'Connor on

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, the long-term effects of marijuana use —the good and the bad — will continue to have a significant effect on the law, and in particular, products liability law. Products...more

Developing a Plan for Cannabis Industry Banking

Following voter approval of recreational cannabis, the California State Treasurer’s Office reported that by 2020 cannabis sales will increase by an estimated $6.64 billion. By taxing cannabis, California could bring in an...more

This Month in Corruption: the Same Old Saga Continues

by PretiFlaherty on

As a faithful reader of the State House News Service, I have been noticing for years how often the Press Releases section of the service’s subscriber-only web site contains an account of wrongdoing and/or unsavory behavior in...more

OIG Expands Exclusionary Authority

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule on January 12, 2017, expanding the OIG’s authority to exclude providers from participation in federal healthcare programs....more

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in...more

Smart Cannabis Businesses are Staking a Claim to Their Intellectual Property

Yes, cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance; and yes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not register trademarks for cannabis strains. But there are still a number of creative...more

DEA Tweaks, Walks Back Changes to Renewal Process

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

DEA recently revised an earlier announcement that would have eliminated the grace period for renewals of controlled substance registrations. After initially declaring that prescribers and other registrants would no longer be...more

Deciphering Florida’s New Laws on ARNP and PA Controlled Substance Prescribing

During the 2016 legislative session, Florida granted authority to both advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to prescribe controlled substances, subject to approval by their...more

The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association - What You Need to Prepare For

by Roetzel & Andress on

With the recent passing of the Florida Medical Marijuana Law, there are two primary concerns for community associations and country clubs as it relates to this new amendment: - Do you have rules in place regarding usage...more

Marijuana Legalization Efforts Enjoy Success, Demonstrating Major Shift in Approach to Drug Regulation and Use

by Littler on

Election Day 2016 proved to be a historic occasion for initiatives favoring expanded access to marijuana. On November 8, California and Nevada joined West Coast early adopters Alaska, Oregon, and Washington in choosing to...more

Legalization of Medical Marijuana – Now what?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Generally speaking, state marijuana laws fall into three categories: (1) legalization (laws that make the possession or use of marijuana legal); (2) marijuana decriminalization (laws that reduce criminal penalties for...more

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) 101: Patients

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On August 24, 2016, in response to Justice Phelan’s judgment in the case of Allard v Canada, Health Canada implemented the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), replacing the Marihuana for Medical...more

When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Indicted Overnight: How to Prevent Future Debacles Like the FedEx Prosecution

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Against the backdrop of years of unprecedented monetary penalties imposed through DOJ civil settlements and deferred prosecution agreements with financial institutions embroiled in the 2008 financial meltdown, the DOJ came...more

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