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Archive for March, 2019


Hemp, Cannabidiols and the FDA

image of cannabis leaf & cbd oilThe Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 became Public Law 115-334 on 12/20/18.  Title XII Section 12619 of this act removed hemp and “tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp” from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  [Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) are a cannabinoid subclass, as are Cannabidiols (CBD).]  Also on 12/20/18, Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, issued a Statement on the agency’s regulation of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds.  The 12/20/18 Statement acknowledges hemp’s removal from the CSA, but goes on to state “Congress explicitly preserved the agency’s current authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds….  We’ll take enforcement action needed to protect public health against companies illegally selling cannabis and cannabis-derived products….  The FDA will continue to take steps to make the pathways for the lawful marketing of these products more efficient.”  State lawmaker and public confusion on the legal status of CBD ensued.  On 1/15/19, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeffrey A. Merkley wrote Gottlieb asking the FDA “to immediately update federal regulations governing the use of certain hemp-derived ingredients in food, beverages or dietary supplements.”  On 2/19/19, Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and 11 other Representatives wrote Gottlieb “to swiftly provide guidance on lawful pathways for food products containing hemp-derived CBD in interstate commerce.”  The FDA has not yet issued additional guidance, and Gottlieb recently announced his resignation effective 4/5/19.

Join Us for Yoga in the Quiet Room

Join us tomorrow, March 20th at NOON for Yoga in the Quiet Room. The Quiet Room is located in the Learning Commons. This class is for all levels, beginners welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Health Affairs and Health Law Research Help

Researching health law often means using a wide number of sources, ranging from regulations and agency guidance to interdisciplinary journal articles. You can enhance your health law research by adding a simple search in Health Affairs, a legal health policy journal. Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed, nonpartisan journal that covers domestic and international health law topics.  Health Affairs is a great resource for those writing papers on health care law, or those who want to keep up on the latest health care policy issues, both U.S and internationally.  Email alerts and RSS feeds are available, which can be set up remotely from offsite, as well as in the library or law school.  You do not need to set up an account to get alerts – just enter your email address.

Also, don’t forget about our Center for Health Law and Policy research guide.  The guide is a great place to find out where to go for health law related information.  The guide covers places to find Ohio and federal statutes and regulations, books, journals, blogs, databases, websites and more.

Law Library Closed Saturday March 16th

The law library will be closed Saturday March 16th and will have regular Sunday hours on March 17th, 9am-11pm.

Find Hearings in ProQuest Congressional

Finding Congressional hearings can be part of any legislative history research. You can access Congressional hearings from 1824 to the present – both published and unpublished – in the database ProQuest Congressional. ProQuest Congressional is available at the law school, and is accessible to law students and faculty off campus with a CSU ID and Scholar PIN. For more help with legislative history research, check out our research guide.