DEA Court Ordered to Address Silence on Marijuana Research Applications

In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would be adopting a new policy designed to increase the number of entities that could manufacture marijuana for the use in federally approved research. However, despite receiving at least two dozen applications to grow research marijuana since that announcement, to date the University of Mississippi still holds the only license to manufacture marijuana for research in the United States. Although, that may finally be about to change. Last month, the Scottsdale Research Institute, LLC (SRI)…
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Florida Pill Mills

During the course of the opioid crisis one question remains – who is responsible? Recent litigation and criminal cases have been brought against doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and business executives.  The jury is still out on who is to blame, but one culprit worth reexamining is the involvement of Florida’s pill mill industry. During the 1990s and 2000s, Florida became a hot spot for prescription medications through their unregulated and unchecked pill mills. What is most shocking about the pill mills is that they not only…
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Court Finds That the Plaintiff Lacks Standing in Glyphosate-Related Consumer Class Action Matter

Lawsuits related to glyphosate, including consumer class action claims against food and beverage manufacturers, continue to be filed. In the consumer class action cases, the plaintiffs typically assert that the type of product (e.g., juice, cereals, etc.) had been tested by a laboratory and that trace levels of the pesticide had been detected. In those cases, the plaintiffs are not claiming that they were actually injured by consuming the product. Instead, they are essentially complaining that the product labels are misleading because they do not…
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CBD and Sports: The Intersection Between Science and Performance

There are 123 teams between the four major sports leagues in the United States/Canada. 45 of those teams are located in states or provinces where recreational marijuana is legal. 56 teams are located in jurisdictions where medical marijuana is legal. Overall, 101 out of the 123 professional sports teams between the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB are located in an area where their employees can legally purchase either medicinal or recreational marijuana. This poses the question: can professional athletes utilize medical or recreational cannabis? For…
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New York and Nevada: A Tale of Two States

As previously reported on Life Science Matters, New York can’t make up its mind when it comes to cannabis legalization. Like Don Corleone said in Godfather III, “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.” Despite a recent “will they or won’t they” dance, proponents of New York’s bill to legalize marijuana for adult use said the bill won’t pass this year. The legislature is still hopeful that a measure expunging criminal records and decriminalizing small amounts of the drug will still…
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Mile High CBD?

It’s not quite what you think, although the concept is somewhat the same — a breakthrough in TSA policy will now allow some cannabidiol (CBD oil) and medications on planes. In April 2019, the Life Science Matters blog wrote about the drug Epidiolex paving the way towards changes in policy and we are now seeing the first tangible result. The Transportation Security Administration modified its cannabis policy to allow flight passengers to bring some forms of CBD oil and FDA approved marijuana based drugs on…
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A New Day in Medical Cannabis in New York and New Jersey?

A new day may be dawning on both New York and New Jersey medical cannabis programs. Their close proximity to one another, shared infrastructure, and easy commuting between New York City and the various suburbs means they’ve always shared many common interests. We can add their viewpoint on cannabis to that list. Both states initially pushed to join the ranks of those states who legalized adult use of cannabis. Ultimately, neither state passed such legislation. So what does that mean for the states’ medical cannabis…
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New York City Enacts Law Prohibiting Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use

New York City is not shy about enacting laws governing the workplace. One of NYC’s newest employment related laws will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants, as a condition of employment, to submit to a test for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) or marijuana. The law (Intro 1445-A) becomes effective May 10, 2020. The law carves out exceptions including, but not limited to, applicants for work:
  1. As a police officer, peace officer, position in law enforcement or an investigative function
  2. In positions requiring individuals who

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Former Drug Executives Criminally Charged in Ongoing Opioid Crisis Fight

The former chief executive and former chief compliance officer of the Rochester Drug Co-Operative were recently charged in a criminal case for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and willingly failing to file suspicious order reports with the DEA. The Rochester Drug Co-Operative is also being charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. This prosecution represents the first time executives of a pharmaceutical company and the company itself were charged with drug trafficking. According to the suite, Rochester Drug Co-Operative…
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Alcoholic Beverages with CBD Will Have to Wait

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill modified the Controlled Substances Act to exclude hemp from the definition of marijuana. With the deschedulization of hemp, cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from hemp, has had quite the boom. CBD infused products seem to be popping up everywhere and are a hot commodity in the wellness industry in particular. However, with the recent guidance from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), it appears producers of alcoholic beverages are still going to have to wait…
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