Health Law Matters

The Latest Hemp Laws State-by-State: July 2019

Hemp field close up

One state established a hemp growth program, one governor vetoed legislation expanding his state’s hemp program, and agencies in five states announced hemp policies or regulations. One county prosecutor announced CBD is illegal in his state. One city passed a one-year moratorium on new CBD businesses. Below is a review of the latest hemp legal changes listed state-by-state. Read More ›

Ohio, Let’s Talk About C-B-D, Let’s Talk About Hemp Baby

It’s official — with Governor DeWine’s signature, Senate Bill 57 legalized hemp-derived products like cannabidiol (CBD) oil in the state of Ohio. With this law, Ohio catches up to several other states and the federal government in making products from this type of cannabis plant legal to sell and use without a recommendation from a physician and without purchase from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.  Read More ›

Obtaining Federal Trademark Protection for Hemp and CBD Products

CBD Oil on a hemp leaf

While marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, decriminalization of marijuana in over half the U.S. states has created many business opportunities and led to the creation of a multi-billion-dollar industry. Read More ›

Long-Term Care Facilities – Update Your Residential Agreements with Binding Arbitration Provision

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule, effective September 16, 2019, long-term care (LTC) facilities can try to cut down on the cost of litigation by implementing a pre-dispute arbitration agreement with residents. Read More ›

Information Blocking and the API Standard: Proposed Rules Look to Shake-up Data in the Healthcare Industry

Patient receiving a CT scan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released separate but connected proposed rules governing interoperability, information blocking, and the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in the healthcare industry. Read More ›

Growing Products Liability Claims Against the Marijuana Industry

Marijuana products liability claims are inevitable. As the marijuana industry increases in size, and more states eventually legalize its use for medical or recreational purposes, it will become a target of litigation. Although only a small number of cases have been filed, manufacturers, retailers, and others along the marijuana supply chain need to prepare for the inevitable increase in claims against the industry, specifically those arising out of products liability.  Read More ›

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James (Jim) A. Dietz is a Member at FBT who provides an array of legal services to hospitals, physicians, long-term care providers, diagnostic facilities, and others across the spectrum of patient care.

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