With the focus on the Ryan Haight Act, I imagine many are wondering when the Act becomes effective should the President sign it (which he will). Note, however, that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) would view that date as irrelevant. The DEA and Department of Justice (DOJ) are indicting, prosecuting, and successfully convicting online pharmacy website owners, doctors, and pharmacists without the benefit of the Ryan Haight Act.
Look no further than my list of internet pharmacy doctor indictment and convictions. Although I have argued that the legal basis for these indictments seems illogical given Congress’s attempt to pass the Ryan Haight Act, the fact that the Act is not in “effect” does not prevent the DEA and DOJ from indicting individuals associated with an online pharmacy.
I have summarized and linked previous discussion on the Ryan Haight Act and its effect on online pharmacy prescriptions below:
- Detailed Criminal Defense Analysis of Ryan Haight Act
- Pharmacy Association Erroneously Favors the Ryan Haight Act
- House Passes Ryan Haight Act
- House Energy Committee Passes Ryan Haight Act
- Internet Pharmacy Prosecution Criminal Defense Legal Issues: Part 2
- Internet Pharmacy Prosecution Criminal Defense Legal Issues: Part 1
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