Saturday, July 24, 2010

VA to Clarify Guidelines Concerning Medical Marijuana

July 24, 2010 - Select VA's to Allow Medical Marijuana -

Doctors at Veterans Administration hospitals around the U.S. currently are allowed to deny prescriptions for pain medications if their patients are taking illegal drugs. That is set to change this week when those federal guidelines will be modified. The clarifications will state that in those 14 states where medical marijuana is legal, VA doctors cannot deny pain medicine prescriptions on the basis of marijuana use if that use is for valid medicinal purposes. In addition, the VA cannot use the fact of marijuana use as a potential reason to deny Veterans benefits. The possibility of the VA being able to deny benefits to Veterans based upon medical marijuana use has been a concern for Veterans' advocates. The change in guidelines, however, will not allow VA physicians to prescribe medical marijuana.

Friday, July 2, 2010

BP and Toyota Arguments in Boise

You can get in on some pretty intense legal issues being heard by a Federal Panel in Boise on July 29 at 9:30 a.m.. This doesn't happen everyday. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, known as the MDL Panel will be convening in Boise soon.

The Courthouse will open at 6:30 a.m. to get everyone situated. Seating is very limited so good luck finding a good spot.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has appointed seven sitting federal judges to sit on the panel. The purpose of the panel is to determine if certain civil actions pending in separate federal districts involve common questions of fact to consolidate the matters and get rid of duplicitous actions and to select the court and the judges to preside over the proceedings.

The following is a list of some of the cases being argued in Boise. BP, Toyota Anti-Lock Braking, Transition Lenses Anti-Trust Litigation, JP Morgan Fair Labor Standards, H & R Block Wage and Employment Practices, Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, and Google Interception of Electronic Communications.