On August 22, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a final rule upscheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) from Schedule III to Schedule II.
Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes.
The possession, use,...more
On July 2, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published its Final Rule placing tramadol into Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic used in the...more
In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began indicting members of the Black Mafia Family (BMF) in connection with a multi-state drug distribution ring, targeting over 150 members of the gang. Having strong connections...more
The Department of Justice has released a new policy that establishes a “presumption” in favor of recording post-arrest interviews of individuals in the custody of the FBI, DEA, ATF, or U.S. Marshals Service. The policy,...more
California cities that have chosen to ban or limit marijuana dispensaries seem to have found some common tools for ousting those dispensaries continuing to operate illegally. The first city actions seeking to force the...more
On February 27, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposed an up scheduling for hydrocodone combination products under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) from Schedule III to Schedule II.
If the proposed...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s denial of a motion to suppress the fruits of a home search. The court found the government had the burden of establishing a houseguest had the “apparent authority”...more
Often mischaracterized as synthetic cannabis, the effects of a newer drug called spice or K2 bears little resemblance to actual marijuana. Spice was first introduced a few years ago as a legal version of marijuana, since the...more
On October 24, 2013, Janet Woodcock, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) Director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (“CDER”),issued a statement explaining that the FDA will recommend that the U.S....more
On August 28, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order upholding Alameda County's Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance as constitutional. The ordinance, passed in July 2012 by the Alameda...more
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking with regard to the disposal of controlled substances. These regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act...more
In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seemed to be on the road to providing some much-needed clarity to hospitals and other medical facilities concerning the disposal of pharmaceuticals by proposing that...more
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