Network Report
Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Confusing Path Forward for Federal Regulation of Cannabidiol Products

The FDA’s recent announcement regarding next steps in addressing the regulation of cannabidiol (CBD) products has caused a lot of confusion, especially as dietary supplements and foods containing CBD, a chemical derived from the marijuana plant or industrial hemp, are currently being sold over-the-counter throughout the United States. The legality of this practice is in question because of CBD’s association with marijuana and recent changes in the 2018 Farm Bill which removed industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Network attorneys have received numerous inquiries about the regulatory changes and are closely monitoring new developments.

Law and Policy Perspectives:

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Medicaid Managed Care

Social determinants of health (SDOH), including where people live, their education and economic stability, access to food and social context account for 60 percent of preventable mortality. States are beginning to use Medicaid Managed Care to provide Medicaid services that are uniquely aimed at addressing the many facets of SDOH.



Survey of Medical Marijuana Programs

Marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it is illegal under federal law. However, 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed or enacted comprehensive medical marijuana programs allowing marijuana use by patients with certain medical issues. This Survey provides a brief overview of jurisdictions with statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing medical marijuana use.


Immigrant Health: The Role and Impact of Medicaid, HIPAA, and the Public Charge Doctrine

April 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The high cost of health care and the increasing decline in health insurance coverage are a concern for all people living in America. But for immigrants, who have extremely low rates of insurance coverage compared to citizens, the situation is even more precarious. This webinar examines a few of the laws that may interfere with immigrants’ access to care.

Data Sharing Strategies to Advance Health Equity

May 16, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Join us to examine how a modern information infrastructure, built with health and non-health data that are locally relevant, is critical to both public health and its community partners to increase health equity. Attend this webinar to learn how public health may more widely use de-identification to make more timely, reliable, sub-county and actionable data available.

Upcoming Events:

Registration Now Open for the 2019 Public Health Law Summit

Join the Network in Plymouth, Michigan (30 minutes outside of Detroit) for a Summit focused on strategies to collect, use, share and protect multi-sector data to improve the health of communities. The Summit will examine current data sharing initiatives and provide practical, in-depth information and tools to navigate a complex legal landscape. Sessions will focus on balancing the need to share data while complying with law and maintaining community trust. Registrations for the Data Summit are capped at 125 attendees so we advise you to register early.


Call for Abstracts: All In National Meeting 2019

All In: Data for Community Health is seeking abstracts for its third annual national meeting, designed to lift up the hard-won knowledge and practical lessons from pioneering local data sharing initiatives to accelerate progress toward improved health equity for all. Presentations should highlight successes and lessons learned (including failures and mixed results) from multi-sector data sharing efforts. Abstracts due May 17.

CDC Launches Public Health Emergency Law Online Course

Public health emergencies create questions. Which jurisdictions are involved? Who has legal authority? When should I coordinate with other responding agencies? Should I call an attorney? To help public health practitioners answer these questions, CDC has developed a FREE Public Health Emergency Law Online Course. Through three 40-minute modules, the course will prepare you to make informed legal decisions related to emergency preparedness and response.

Worth Sharing:

Innovative Law and Policy Responses to the Opioid Crisis

James G. Hodge Jr., Director, and Leila Barraza, Consultant, at the Network’s Western Region Office, were among the authors of this article published in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics examining the ongoing impact of the opioid crisis. They argue that effectively addressing opioid misuse, which result in some 130 Americans dying on average each day from overdose, requires innovative law and policy approaches, and propose a series of interventions nationally or regionally to address the epidemic.

Job Opportunity:

Managing Director, Law and Health Care Program

The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Francis King Carey School of Law is currently seeking a Managing Director of the Law and Health Care Program, which is an area of concentration for law students and faculty. The program sponsors conferences, workshops, and lectures for scholars, students and the broader academic and practice community. This position handles all administrative aspects, including management of the externship program, conferences and other events, writing and production of all promotional materials, and submission of grant applications. Some teaching and research are also involved as well as extensive interaction with law students and collaboration with faculty at the law school and at other schools on the UMB campus.

Counsel, Human Rights Campaign

The Counsel position works in the office of the General Counsel and will interact with and support various departments across the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The principal responsibility will be ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws with regard to political activities, including campaign finance, lobbying, tax and ethics laws. Additionally, the position will provide corporate counsel support to the organization as needed.

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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.