Ketamine Litigation: Oregon Hospital and Pharmacy Face $8.2 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit

A few weeks ago, Hilary Bricken wrote about the proliferation of ketamine clinics in the United States and the logistics and legalities of operating a ketamine infusion clinic. As Hilary explained, the only FDA approved use of ketamine is for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia, though it also used for off-label infusions in the management of psychiatric disorders and chronic pain management.

Ketamine is listed as Schedule III controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Its use is also restricted by various state laws and regulations. But because there is no FDA regulation on the control and oversight of clinics, patient safety protocols may vary and the liabilities (e.g. medical malpractice) for off-label use of ketamine are fairly far-reaching. Perhaps as a result, there have been multiple reports of safety and abuse problems related to the drug.

An example of the kinds of liabilities faced by ketamine clinics, prescribing physicians, hospital systems, pharmacies and others came to light this week in an $8.2 million medical negligence lawsuit filed in Oregon state court. The defendants are a prescriber of a ketamine nasal spray for use in pain management and the pharmacy that produced the spray. Branchflower v. Oregon

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Cannabis Scientists are Chasing the Perfect High

Chemists at some of the biggest legal-weed companies are after an elusive prize; a predictable, reliable product.

The retail showroom of INSA, a farm-to-bong cannabis company in western Massachusetts, is a clean industrial space on the first floor of a four-story brick building in the old mill town Easthampton. When I visited recently, before the coronavirus shut down recreational sales and forbade crowds, the crew of eight behind the glass display cases looked a lot like the staff you’d see dispensing lattes at Starbucks or troubleshooting iPads at the Genius Bar: young, racially diverse, smiling. They were all wearing black T-shirts with the INSA motto, “Uncommon Cannabis.” Standing in line with me were a white-haired couple leaning on canes; a 40-something woman in a black pantsuit, who complained that the wait would be longer than her lunch break; a bald man in a tweed jacket; and a pair of women in perms and polyester discussing the virtues of a strain called Green Crack. We were all waiting at a discreet distance from the counter, as you would at the bank, for the next available “budtender.”

– Read the entire article at New York Times.

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Cannabis Users, Shops Suffer High Anxiety After Massachusetts Shuts Down Recreational Sales

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday extended an order closing nonessential businesses, including recreational cannabis shops, until early May.

Shannon Venezia hasn’t had a seizure in four and a half years — a fact that she attributes to her decision to treat her epilepsy with cannabis instead of the prescriptions her doctor wrote, which she says would give her mood swings.

After recreational cannabis became available in Massachusetts in 2018, Venezia let her medical marijuana card lapse. With two young kids at home and a full-time job, she didn’t think going to a doctor’s office to be re-approved for the card and then waiting up to two months for it to be processed was worth the hassle.

– Read the entire article at NBC News.

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USA/Mexico Tunnel Bust Yields Two Tons of Illicit Drugs

Federal agents discovered more than two tons of illegal drugs in a tunnel underneath the U.S. international border with Mexico, law enforcement officials announced on Tuesday. The drugs, which included marijuana, cocaine, meth, and opioids, have an estimated street value of nearly $30 million dollars, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Cross-border tunnels represent one of the most significant threats to our national security,” said Aaron M. Heitke, a U.S. Border Patrol chief agent. “Criminal organizations can use these tunnels to introduce anything they want into the U.S. This is especially concerning during a global pandemic.”

The tunnel extended more than 2,000 underground from a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico to another warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and included sophisticated features including lighting, ventilation, reinforced walls, and a railway for smuggling drugs. The tunnel was located at an average depth of 31 feet underground and was three feet wide for much of its length.

“These tunnels show the determination of drug trafficking organizations to subvert our border controls and smuggle deadly drugs into our community,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery. 

The tunnel was discovered on March 19 as

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8 Of The Best Stoner Movies And Shows To Watch High On Netflix

Saturday is April 4, 2020. Or put another way, this Saturday is 4/4/2020. Not since April 20, 420 ― 10 years after the Visgoths ransacked Rome ― has the calendar offered a double “420,” if you will. Today is also April Fools’ Day and the world continues to be under the existential threat of the coronavirus pandemic, so just bear with me here.

In the spirit of all of the above, I’ve curated a list of stoner movies and shows to watch on Netflix today, Saturday or any day during this period of self-isolation. Various U.S. cities have deemed marijuana dispensaries as “essential” during the shutdown. I wish you luck in acquiring the right accompaniment to these streaming recs.

Unfortunately, such classic stoner movies as “Dazed and Confused” and “Pineapple Express” aren’t on Netflix. But the service has at least a few greats. And, of course, almost half of the things listed here involve Seth Rogen.

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BFD Alert: Coronavirus Cannabis Scams and Pitfalls

The rapid and devastating proliferation of COVID-19 has affected businesses worldwide, and cannabis is no exception. Here in California (and in other states), the state announced that medical cannabis dispensaries are essential and may remain open as part of the state’s Stay-At-Home order. The medical cannabis businesses that supply those dispensaries are also essential under that order. In addition, certain cities in California (like Los Angeles and San Francisco) have their own shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders that also identify medical cannabis businesses and the businesses that supply them as essential. Unless a city or a county says otherwise, the state’s Stay-At-Home order protects the operation of medical cannabis businesses throughout the state.

With medical cannabis businesses allowed to stay open and operational across the country during COVID-19, sales of medical cannabis to consumers has been on a tear. While increased medical cannabis sales and production is a great economic boon to the industry in a time where most businesses are suffering or are on the road to disaster, it’s not all roses for the cannabis industry.

COVID-19 is breeding all kinds of scams and pitfalls for the unwary. From defective medical equipment (like the coveted N95 masks) being imported

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Mrs. Green Has the Cannabis Collard Green Recipe That Will Melt Your Troubles Away

A former paramedic captures that—and more—in his weed-infused soul food cookbook.

rs. Green is a 70-something Roseland grandma living with her weed-dealing nephew who keeps her well supplied with bud. Her children—a military vet with PTSD and a drinking problem, a pastor who has lost his spirit, and a lawyer with cancer—all disapprove of her habit. But that all changes after Christmas dinner when she accidentally spills cannabis oil into the collards and everybody’s problems drift away.

That’s the premise behind Cerrone Crowder’s first novel, Pass the Greens: An Urban Comedy, and its follow-up, Pass the Greens: A Cannabis Infused Soul Food Cookbook, a collection of 57 recipes inspired by his own mother’s and grandmother’s cooking.

– Read the entire article at Chicago Reader.

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