Category results for "Legal"

Supreme Court Decision “Extremely Uplifting” for Substance Abuse Field, Expert Says

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is extremely uplifting for the substance abuse field, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO of the Treatment Research Institute and former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Judge OKs Breathalyzer Tests for NY Police Who Injure or Kill With Weapon

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department policy of administering a breathalyzer test to any officer whose use of a weapon results in injury or death is constitutional.

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

The Supreme Court on Thursday largely upheld the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s health care law. The mandate was upheld as a tax, according to The Wall Street Journal.

West Virginia Attorney General Sues Drug Wholesalers in Effort to Halt “Pill Mills”

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced the state is suing 14 drug wholesalers, in an effort to block distribution routes for “pill mills.”

CA Doctor Ordered to Stand Trial for Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

A physician accused of prescribing drugs to three young men who died of overdoses was ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder, the Associated Press reports.

Supreme Court Rules Changes to Crack Cocaine Penalties May be Applied Retroactively

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that recent changes to penalties for crimes that involve crack cocaine, which make sentences more lenient, can be applied retroactively.

Hand-Held Laser Device Could Help Police Investigate and Prosecute Narcotics Cases

A new hand-held laser device, which can immediately identify illegal drugs, could be a big help to police in investigating and prosecuting narcotics cases, according to The Wall Street Journal.

New York Judge Calls for Lab Testing of Beverages in Public Drinking Cases

A New York judge said this week that police should be required to prove beverages cited in public drinking cases are alcoholic, through laboratory testing.

Justice Department Uses Civil Statute to Fight Medical Marijuana Shops

The Justice Department is using a civil statute, aimed at seizing the assets of drug trafficking organizations, against medical marijuana dispensaries in California, Reuters reports. By using the law, the department is avoiding expensive and potentially embarrassing criminal prosecutions.

California Landlord to Enforce No-Smoking Policy in 2,000 Apartments

A landlord in California has announced that residents of almost 2,000 rented apartments will no longer be allowed to smoke in their homes. Until now, few property owners have employed the state’s new law, allowing landlords to ban smoking in rented apartments.

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