SACRAMENTO, CA — Officials in two additional California counties, Sonoma County (population 502,000) and Yolo County (population 213,000), have announced that they will proactively review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Sonoma county officials estimate that some 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentence reduction or expungement. In Yolo County, the District Attorney’s Office has […]
Colorado Cannabis Cup may move south for 2016
Mindie Flores exchanges a cash donation for a gram of Moon Rocks at the Kurrupt's Moon Rocks booth during the High Times Cannabis Cup on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Denver Mart. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post) …
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Tilray, Tweed & Whistler Gain Approval to Sell Cannabis Oil
After waiting more than six months, cannabis producers Tilray, which is owned by Privateer Holdings, Tweed, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth (TSXV: CGC), and Whistler Medical, partially owned by PharmaCan Capital (TSXV: MJN) gained approval from …
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Stanton Municipal Medical Cannabis Ballot Measure Campaign Announcement
“Currently the City has a ban on medical cannabis, and since the City of Stanton has dropped the ball on the MMJ policy so much, this is a prime chance for Stanton to lead the way on this policy and set municipal precedent across the state. This …
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Congressional Democrats have proposed a legislation which hopefully makes it easier to sue manufacturers of medical devices. Well, it is just a proposal! The question now is whether the proposed legislation has enough votes to pass. No doubt it will be a difficult measure to muster enough votes for either in the House or Senate.
The Medical Device Safety Act of 2009 would overturn the Court’s 2008 ruling in Riegel v. Medtronic, which dismissed a lawsuit over a ruptured catheter. That ruling brought whoops of joy from medical device firms, who had long lobbied for a position that federal law blocked, or preempted, such suits. But the Supreme Court changed the landscape yesterday in Wyeth v. Levine when it upheld a $ 6.7 million state jury verdict won by a musician from Vermont whose arm was amputated after being injected with an anti-nausea drug.
The question now is whether the proposed legislation has enough votes to pass, especially in the Senate where Minnesota Senator-elect Al Franken has yet to be seated.
No doubt it will be a difficult measure to muster enough votes for either in the House or Senate. Mark Hermann, a Jones Day lawyer who represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as a drug and device law blogger, noted that the federal law for medical devices contains a provision which specifically addresses the pre-empting of state laws and requirements, while the federal law pertaining to pharmaceuticals does not.
“If enacted, this legislation would effectively allow state courts to review medical devices and ultimately lead to a patchwork of inconsistent and confusing guidance on the use of medical treatments for patients and physicians, or limit their availability altogether,” wrote AdvaMed, in a news release.
Until a resolution ensues, plaintiff’s lawyers expect companies will continue seeking to dismiss liability lawsuits filed in state courts citing the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision. In January 2009, a federal judge in Minneapolis threw out lawsuits filed on behalf of thousands of patients who received heart defibrillators with wires capable of fracturing and producing lethal shocks.
Alexandra Reed writes for Connecticut personal injury law firm, Stratton Faxon. Contact Stratton Faxon to speak with a Connecticut accident lawyer about your personal injury, wrongful death, or Connecticut malpractice case. To learn more, visit Strattonfaxon.com.
It was a big week for the nullification movement, with more than 15 bills moving forward, including an Arizona bill to shut down a critical enforcement mechanism for the Affordable Care Act and Virginia bills that would help bring down a recently-revealed nationwide license-plate tracking program.
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Lawmakers Move to Legalize US Industrial Hemp Industry
Congressional leaders are moving full steam ahead to finally make hemp a legitimate agricultural crop in the United States. Lawmakers introduced the bipartisan Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 on January 8th in the Senate (S. 134) and its …
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PRESS RELEASE: Sen. Keaveny Sponsors Legislation to Expand Access to …
“Last year's passage of the CBD oil bill was a tacit admission by the Legislature that there are real medical benefits to hemp, something scientists have supported for years. But, it doesn't only help those with intractable epilepsy. Studies have shown …
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Doggy delight helps humans too: Merry Hempsters Dog Salve (review)
This salve is made with hemp seed oil and other natural ingredients including beeswax, lavender, calendula, rosemary and tea tree extracts, and intended to soothe cuts and rashes on furry best friends. That it did. Terrier-baby was all too happy to let …
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