Controlled Substances Act News

Feds Halt North Carolina Pharmacy From Dispensing Opioids, Issue $600K Fine

A North Carolina pharmacy and its owner have to pay a $600,000 civil penalty and stop dispensing opioids or other controlled substances, federal prosecutors said. Farmville Discount Drug Inc., and its owner and pharmacist-in-charge, Robert L. Crocker were accused of …

Opioid Makers, Distributors Could Face U.S. Criminal Charges

Federal prosecutors are investigating six pharmaceutical companies for potential criminal charges in connection with shipping big quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, according to regulatory filings. Five companies have received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office …

House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Banks, Insurers Serving Marijuana Businesses

A House committee has advanced a bill to protect financial institutions from criminal prosecution for providing services to legal marijuana businesses. The House Financial Services Committee voted 45 to 15 in favor of the SAFE Banking Act, which promises to …

Delaware Judge Says Fired Medical Marijuana User Can Pursue Lawsuit

A Delaware judge has ruled that a medical marijuana user fired from his factory job after failing a drug test can pursue a lawsuit against his former employer. Jeremiah Chance was fired in 2016 from his job as a yard …

Maine Employers Are Not Required to Reimburse Employees for Medical Marijuana Use

The Maine Supreme Court has ruled that employers in the state are not required to reimburse employees for their use of medical marijuana under the Maine workers’ compensation system because federal law preempts state law. This decision vacates a previous …

Medical Marijuana Gaining Favor as Treatment in Workers’ Compensation

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ compensation claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

Massachusetts SJC Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired by her employer for testing positive for her prescribed use of marijuana to treat a medical condition. The court found that because medical marijuana was …

Making a Federal Case Out of ‘Legal’ Marijuana Insurance Claims

Michael Johnston, the great, great grandson of the founder of one of the first Baptist churches in Texas, grew up being constantly warned about sin, including the evils of television and dancing. Thus it is a bit strange even to …

Walgreen Agrees to Record $80M Settlement Over Distribution of Painkillers

Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, has agreed to pay $80 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated federal rules governing the distribution of prescription painkillers. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday said the settlement …