Published: September 27, 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is expected to publish in the September 28, 2018 edition of the Federal Register an order scheduling U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency)-approved drugs that contain cannabidiol (CBD) derived from cannabis and no more than 0.1 percent tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) in Schedule V.

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Published: September 21, 2018

In an en banc ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district courts’ dismissals of various actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") by former servers and bartenders who alleged that they were not paid appropriate wages for non-tipped work by their respective employers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") dual jobs regulation C.F.R. § 531.56(e) and its interpretation contained in its 1988 Field Operations Handbook, employees are entitled to the full minimum wage for any time spent in a non-tipped occupation.

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Published: September 13, 2018

​On Sept. 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) announced a series of significant enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to minors.  According to FDA, this was the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the Agency’s history, comprised of over 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints (i.e., fines) to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer.

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Published: June 13, 2018

On June 5, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the alignment of USDA's Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) with the requirements of the Agency’s FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (Rule).

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Published: April 5, 2018

Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Office of Medical Marijuana (OMM), which oversees the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program, initiated phase II of its licensing process. OMM is now accepting applications for grower/processor permits and dispensary permits. Applications may be submitted between April 5, 2018 and May 17, 2018. OMM is also accepting applications for certification of Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRC), which must be submitted by May 3, 2018.

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Published: April 2, 2018

In remarks at the National Food Policy Conference (NFPC) in Washington, D.C. on March 29, 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., detailed the Agency’s wide-ranging plans on a number of food regulatory initiatives.

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