California medical marijuana law.

Egelko on Kelly and the SB420 Debate: The Legal Haiku of Thresholds and Ceilings

This morning Bob Egelko has a pretty good writeup in the SF Chronicle about the grant of review in People v. Kelly, the medical marijuana quantity limits case, and also about the way the medical marijuana community has been split over whether the quantity limits established by SB420/the Medical Marijuana Program are a good or more »

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The War on Drugs: The Band

The War on Drugs: The Band

It must be Friday, because I’m exhausted and I’ve spent the afternoon listening to music instead of doing anything remotely productive. Too bad I have to work tomorrow. At any rate, my afternoon of aimless music listening did manage to turn up one interesting thing: The War on Drugs, the band. There’s something Dylanish about these more »

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For an individual who is trying to obtain medical marijuana, the case means that the federal government still has the power

Gonzales v. Raich One Year Later: Federalism Only When It’s Convenient

(Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts related to the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s  decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which takes place Tuesday. See the link at the end of the article for the prior pieces.) What Gonzales v. Raich was about, a year after it was decided, ultimately depends more »

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Friday Music July 11, 2008

Here’s a pretty interesting, great-sounding (and nearly 10-minute-long, be warned…) video of Earth, the band that was once upon a time a sludge/drone metal pioneer. They seem to be going in some wonderful directions and opening up the sound quite a bit, even though the tempos are still very, very, very slow. Their website also more »

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Neurologist indicted for illegally Prescribing Narcotics

Neurologist indicted for illegally Prescribing Narcotics

A busy pain-management physician in the region may not be very busy for awhile. Federal prosecutors believe Eugene Gosy to be among the greediest. They backed up their claim by accusing the physician of running a criminal enterprise that gave out over 300,000 illicit prescripts over the last 48-months. The accusations against Gosy are just more »

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Online bank fraud Panin

SpyEye Creator Gets Nine Years While Co-Conspirator is Handed a 15-year Sentence

The Russian creator of a computer program that American law enforcement claim drained bank accounts in a variety of countries was sent to federal prison for 9.5 years. Known online as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman,” Aleksandr Panin was sentenced in Atlanta after being accused of creating the malware program SpyEye. Panin sold the software through a more »

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The Ambien Angle in Heath Ledger's Death

The Ambien Angle in Heath Ledger’s Death

The foreign press is starting to jump on the idea that Ambien contributed somehow to the death of actor Heath Ledger. See, for example, this Sydney Morning Herald article suggesting that “hundreds have had bizarre and potentially dangerous reactions to the drug” in Australia. I have little to add to this, other than to note more »

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For Female Inmates Dignity is Elusive

For Female Inmates Dignity is Elusive

People laughter when Piper Chapman came out of the showers during Orange is the New Black’s first season. She used maxi pads to created shoes. It was a scene based in reality. At New York’s Rikers Island, female inmates use tampons as scrubbing pads — not as sponges. Prison issued tampons are waterproof. Humiliating in more »

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Some Legal Experts See Bausch & Lomb Moving Toward Quick Settlement in ReNu Cases2

Some Legal Experts See Bausch & Lomb Moving Toward Quick Settlement in ReNu Cases

A subscription-only article that ran this week on the website Lawyers USA quotes several legal experts who say they think Bausch & Lomb will settle quickly in lawsuits related to ReNu with MoistureLoc, the now-withdrawn contact lens solution that had been causing serious fungal infections in some users. The article quotes Paul J. Pennock, a more »

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Vioxx, ReNu and Ortho Evra: A Look at Three Responses to Problematic Drugs

Vioxx, ReNu and Ortho Evra: A Look at Three Responses to Problematic Drugs

The comment in the recent post about Johnson & Johnson’s approach to Ortho Evra litigation — specifically, the suggestion that the company was “the anti-Merck” in terms of its legal strategy because of its willingness to settle — got my wheels turning about the different ways that corporations respond to the legal fallout of drugs that more »

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