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FY22 Agriculture Appropriation Bill: A Good Omen for the Hemp Industry

On June 29, the House Appropriations Committee (the Committee) released the draft of the fiscal year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill (the FY22 Agriculture Appropriations Bill), along with its Committee Report, in which it offers some promising provisions and instructions that would greatly benefit the hemp industry.

Ketamine Clinics: What is a “Referral” Under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute?

Ketamine Clinics: What is a “Referral” Under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute?

In a prior post, we discussed the federal anti-kickback statute (the “AKS”) and the implications for ketamine clinics. In short, the federal AKS prohibits anyone from paying or receiving anything of value for the referral of patients where a federal government healthcare payment program is the payor (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, VA, etc.). 42 U.S.C. §

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The New Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill is Here

On Wednesday, a draft bill was released to end America’s federal cannabis prohibition and remove “marijuana” from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is titled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act and was introduced as a discussion draft

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Sports Leagues and Cannabis Testing: A North American Survey

On June 28, US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended for one month by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for using cannabis, effectively disqualifying her from competing in the Olympics. The suspension of a gold medal contending athlete caught many by surprise and sparked a worldwide debate about marijuana use by athletes should be addressed. Many

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Ketamine, Internet Prescribing, and Telehealth– Say What?

The recent uptick in ketamine clinic and management service organization (“MSO”) clients at our law firm is pretty significant. It’s understandable given the groundswell of momentum behind state and local legalization and decriminalization of certain other psychedelics. Many companies that are exploring psychedelic medicines are making their way into the ketmaine space. Unlike psilocybin though

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America, What Are We Doing?

Like many Americans, one of the first things I do every morning is check the overnight headlines, including anything that happened in the sports world. Recently, I woke up to an article about Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso being arrested at Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas for “possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”

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Federal Prohibition: Pressing Constitutional Conflicts

Justice Clarence Thomas is one of the most conservative Justices on the Supreme Court. One of the core tenants of his conservatism is a firm belief in federalism—a political principle that prioritizes the sovereignty of the states over that of the federal government. The strength of his conviction has led to some fascinating deviations from

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Hemp Industries Association Urges Regulation, Not Prohibition, of Delta-8 THC

For the past year, my colleagues and I have written extensively on the murky legality of Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). We have covered everything from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s position on “synthetically derived THC” to the growing number of state bans. You can read more on these issues here: R.I.P Delta-8 THC DEA Interim Final

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Ketamine Clinics and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute: Beware!

In a prior post, we discussed some of the various Federal laws that apply when a ketamine clinic is a Medicare provider (or accepts reimbursement from another Federal program, like Medicaid, the VA, etc.). Click here to review the post. While other Federal laws apply in these situations (e.g., the Stark Law, the Federal False