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Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

Congress Clears Controlled Substances Act Scheduling Legislation

On November 16, 2015, the House of Representatives approved HR 639, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, clearing it for the President. The legislation would amend the Controlled Substances...more

Expanding Scope of Federal Wiretapping Powers

USA Today’s front-page headline, above the fold, on November 12, 2015 read, “Massive Wire-tapping Operation in L.A.” The secondary headline read, “Drug Agents Intercept More Than 2 Million Conversations in USA.” ...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — October 2015

FDA releases draft ICH guidance with aim to improve pharmaceutical benefit-risk assessments - The agency released ICH guidance to regulate how pharmaceutical makers should present benefit-risk information in regulatory...more

Federal court rules that DEA must stop interfering with compliant medical marijuana businesses

On October 19, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California rejected an argument by the US Government seeking a narrow interpretation of congressional legislation designed to limit federal...more

DOJ Announces Sentencing of Former DEA Agent for Criminal Involvement in Silk Road Investigation

On October 19, the DOJ announced that a former DEA agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison for crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent in the Silk Road investigation. On July 1, the former DEA agent...more

Health Care Physicians in the Crosshairs: Criminal Prosecution

Recent changes to our health care system have been at the forefront of the American news cycle for several years. But certain aspects have not received adequate attention. One example is the scrutiny federal and state...more

“My, what beautiful eyes you have . . .” – Biometric Data and Privacy

Biometric data – obviously not in just the movies anymore. It is alive, well, and increasingly being used in our everyday society. But, on September 23, 2015, when the Office of Personnel Management revealed that fingerprint...more

Don’t Flush the Drugs! The EPA is Coming!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a pre-publication Proposed Rule (40 C.F.R. part 266, subpart P) regulating the management and disposal of drugs deemed “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals” by healthcare...more

EPA Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule for Pharmaceuticals

A pre-publication draft of a proposed rule by EPA may clarify hazardous waste requirements for obsolete or defective pharmaceuticals. EPA proposes a new Subpart P entitled “Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals” to 40 CFR Part 266...more

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pharmaceutical Wastes That Qualify as RCRA Hazardous Wastes

On August 31, 2015, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or the “Agency”) signed a proposed rule that would establish special management standards for pharmaceutical wastes that are classified...more

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to...more

Telemedicine Prescribers Should Read This Case: U.S. vs. Zadeh

Health care providers who use telemedicine for remote prescribing of controlled substances should pay close attention to an important case currently pending at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case will decide whether...more

Think Twice about DEA Voluntary Surrender

It can be an intimidating experience to be sure… A DEA agent or Diversion Investigator, on an unscheduled visit to your office, confronts you with a KASPER, a KBML complaint or some other state regulatory action and alleges...more

Lines Crossed: From Enforcing to Breaking the Law

Silk Road was a notorious black market for narcotics that used seemingly untraceable digital currencies (i.e., Bitcoins) to facilitate illegal activities on the “dark web.” Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”)...more

Drones: New Technology, New Opportunity?

The guidance states that drones recently “have emerged as a viable law enforcement tool.” In addition to affirming DOJ’s commitment to civil rights and privacy laws, the guidance imposes rules on who can order drone support...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Medical Marijuana Apps – Illegal Communication Facilities or the Next Big Thing?

A number of recent news articles have discussed the increased activity in the area of technology companies that facilitate the delivery of medical marijuana to patients. For example, according to a recent Forbes Magazine...more

DOJ Charges Former Federal Agents with Bitcoin Wire Fraud and Money Laundering

On March 30, the DOJ filed a criminal complaint against two former federal agents on charges of wire fraud and money laundering of digital currency stolen during the investigation of Silk Road. According to the DOJ, both...more

Bringing Predictability and Speed to DEA’s Scheduling of New Drugs

A bipartisan bill working its way through Congress could have a major effect on how the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The Improving Regulatory Transparency for New...more

DEA Rules On Disposal of Controlled Substances - What's Up? - EndNotes February 2015

Questions remain about the U.S. Drug enforcement agency’s rules on secure disposal of controlled substances and exactly how they will be implemented with regard to the disposal of controlled substances by hospice personnel...more

End Notes Newsletter February 2015 - News for North Carolina’s Hospice and Palliative Care Community

In this issue: - Gear Up for Increased CMS Scrutiny of Hospice Services for Assisted Living Facility Residents - Happy New Year from the DC District Court - Companionship Exemption Lives On!! - DEA Rules On...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: President’s FY2016 Budget Request... FDA Commissioner Hamburg to step down... Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan rejected by legislature. 1. Congress House House Ways and Means Committee Hosts Hearing...more

Status Updates - January 2015 #5

Pupils, passwords and privacy. A law that went into effect on January1st has the parents of some Illinois school children asking themselves how much of their children’s privacy they’re willing to forgo to keep cyberbullying...more

Navigating the Maze of Medical Cannabis - Uncertainty and the Challenge of Obtaining Banking and Insurance Services for...

The current and two immediate past presidents have smoked it. As one leading expert commented during a congressional hearing, perhaps “marijuana is a gateway drug to the White House?” Medical marijuana is now legal in...more

Status Updates - January 2015

Fake-out stakeout. For several months now, we’ve been covering the increasingly prevalent use of social media by law enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations. In one such instance, the FBI sent a link to a...more

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