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Case Law Update

This issue of the NAMSDL Case Law Update focuses on several recent court decisions, including a federal appellate court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, involving defendants accused of manufacturing and/or selling novel psychoactive substances. Two of the cases involve assertions by defendants that the statutory language in federal or state controlled substance analogue provisions is unconstitutionally vague. The other two decisions address the calculation of federal sentencing guidelines for synthetic cathinones and a challenge to the sufficiency of a federal indictment for analogue violations. The cases discussed in this issue originate from Maine, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Cases are divided by the type of court (federal or state) and then listed in approximate descending order of appellate level. Read more »

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