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Federal Legislation Expected on Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes offer drug- and alcohol-free, cooperative living arrangements for people in the process of recovery from addiction. Rapid growth within the sector as well as increased media attention due to some recurring...more

Lessons From LochteGate: Strategies to Avoid Olympic-Sized Workplace Disqualifications

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s recent alcohol-fueled encounter with Brazilian police during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games embarrassed not only his team and the International Olympic Committee but possibly the entire...more

Breaking the Expat Myth in the United Arab Emirates

With the transient nature of this country, there are a number of misconceptions about the UAE criminal law, especially among expatriates. Hassan Elhais, Legal Consultant in Dubai, Femina ME’s guest columnist, tells us about...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - August 2016 #4

HealthCare.gov plans an open enrollment pilot that will let consumers compare provider network breadth; new Medicaid enrollees reduce out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs by nearly 60%; and Kansas’s Governor announces...more

The Marijuana Industry’s Big Win: The DEA’s Refusal to Reschedule

Earlier this year, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated it would have an announcement regarding a now five-year-old petition to reschedule cannabis, numerous industries on the “outside looking in” were...more

Health Law Insights - Issue 12

CMS Proposes Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care - In its most recent effort to hasten Medicare’s transformation from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Medicaid: States’ Powerful Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Editor’s Note: The United States is in the throes of a rapidly worsening opioid epidemic. The crisis is far-reaching: As of 2014, 1.9 million Americans had an opioid use disorder involving prescription medication, and an...more

SoCal Sober Living Homes Face an Array of Regulatory and Zoning Obstacles

The subject of residential sober living homes and other treatment centers located in residential neighborhoods continues to attract substantial media attention in Southern California. The topic has become a lightning rod...more

The silver lining in the DEA’s refusal to reclassify cannabis

As far back as 2011, elected officials have sent letters to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urging it to reclassify cannabis by removing it from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. After promising a...more

DEA Just Said No to Rescheduling Cannabis: Why It Matters

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently denied a petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Thus, Cannabis will remain a Schedule I substance under the CSA. ...more

The DEA Is Getting Past Just Saying No: Scientific Research Into Medical Uses of Marijuana Is a Bridge Toward a Policy Shift

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s recent decision declining to reschedule cannabis is a step bridging the national discussion — a step toward a possible agreement on medical cannabis through scientific research. The...more

DEA Rejects Petitions Seeking to Reschedule Marijuana

The long-awaited decision maintains the illegal status of marijuana under federal law. On August 12, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), despite much speculation to the contrary, published in the Federal Register its...more

DEA Rejects Petitions to Reclassify Marijuana, but Opens the Door to Expanded Marijuana Research Efforts

In a long-awaited decision released this morning, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”). The DEA...more

DEA Declines to Change Stance on Marijuana but Opens Door to Federally Sanctioned Marijuana Research

On August 11, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) formally declined to change its position on the medical or recreational use of marijuana, denying two petitions urging the federal government to change marijuana’s...more

President Signs Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Calls for Additional Funding

President Obama has signed into law S 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, bipartisan legislation to address the nation’s opioid epidemic....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Sees Higher Budget Surplus Than Expected - On June 30, 2016, Maine’s fiscal year ended...more

Seventh Circuit: Insurer Has Duty To Defend West Virginia’s Suit Against Drug Distributor Seeking To Recover Amounts Expended By...

Based on the policy language before it, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently found that an insurer has a duty to defend a pharmaceutical distributor in a lawsuit brought by West Virginia’s attorney...more

Employee Training Requirements Lowered for Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Employers

In order to maintain certification as a Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace for purposes of the workers' compensation coverage premium reduction, employers were supposed to have been conducting annual drug-free workplace training...more

Worth Another Look: Combatting Opioid Addiction

In January of 2016, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. With little expected on the legislative front...more

Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and...more

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Following the July 13 U.S. Senate's passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), providers, families and communities should evaluate the act's impacts. The reform, S. 524, is viewed as a comprehensive approach...more

Additional Opioid Policy Changes Announced: What You Need to Know

Despite the July 4 holiday, the past week featured significant regulatory and legislative action addressing the use of opioids and pain management. The changes are in keeping with the Government-wide push to better understand...more

Pharmacy Settles Claim for Filling Forged Rx’s, as Trend Continues

There was a time when liability—criminal or civil—for drug abuse or forged prescriptions usually lay only with the abuser or the forger and those who actively helped them. Those days are long gone. First, we had PDMPs...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Paul LePage Signs Executive Order to Pay for Bills Passed in Second Regular Session of...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

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