Biden's drug czar nominee consulted for cannabis company last year, muestra de divulgación de ética

President Joe Biden’s drug czar pick, Dr. Rahul Gupta, pasó nueve meses el año pasado trabajando como asesor de una empresa de cannabis con sede en Maryland, documentos de ética del gobierno publicados recientemente muestran.

Gupta, who was formally nominado to be the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy earlier this month, advised Holistic Industriesa multistate cannabis operator with processing facilities, dispensaries, and products like edibles and a Jerry Garcia-themed marijuana line. The disclosure says he was directly paid $ 10,000 for his services.
A White House spokesperson said the prospective drug czar’s work pertained to medical marijuana compliance efforts.
    “Dr. Gupta’s work for Holistic Industries involved consulting on regulatory compliance matters for prescribing medicinal cannabis in West Virginia where medical cannabis had already been legalized. He had overseen the development of such a program in the state as required by state law,” el portavoz dijo.
      While Gupta was serving as West Virginia’s state public health officer, the state enacted a law that allowed residents to use marijuana for a certified medical use.
        Gupta signed a federal ethics agreement that states he will not participatepersonally and substantively in any particular matterinvolving Holistic Industries for one year after he last provided services.
        His disclosure also shows he testified in court as an expert adviser to a law firm that represented a Wyoming nurse practitioner who was sentenced to one year of probation with six months home detention last year for improperly acquiring a controlled substance. The nurse practitioner was initially acusado by the Justice Department in 2018 on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances including fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and alprazolam, as well as two counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substance resulting in death. All charges but oneshe pleaded guilty to acquiringa controlled substance by misrepresentation, deception or subterfuge” — were dismissed.
          Según un documento judicial, Gupta provided court testimony in the case that was slated tocover pain management policies, pautas, and the standard of care for primary care physicians when treating pain patients.
          The White House confirmed Guptadid medical liability consulting work for Haytham Faraj, a law firm that focuses on personal injury, including alleged medical negligence.
          CNN has reached out to Holistic Industries and the law firm that hired Gupta to be an expert witness in the Wyoming case for comment.
          A principios de esta semana, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the country is facing a “colisión” of rising overdose deaths and deaths from Covid-19.
          Drug overdose deaths rose by nearly 30% in the United States in 2020, hitting their highest number ever recorded, according to CDC data released last week. General, US life expectancy in 2020 abandonó by more than a year due to factors such as Covid-19 deaths and an increase in unintentional injury deaths, which includes drug overdose deaths.
          If confirmed, Gupta would be the first physician to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His work as a practicing physician, a former West Virginia public health official and the chief medical and health officer for the March of Dimes have all been touted by the White House. He was a member of the Biden-Harris presidential transition team and taught at a number of major medical and pharmacy schools.
          According to his ethics disclosure, Gupta also worked with states and localities as an adviser or expert witness in a number of cases of states or localities seeking legal action against pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis. According to the disclosure, he also must not participate in that line of work for one year after he last provided services.
          Public perception of marijuana is moving toward legalization. Three major polls released this year, por ejemplo, indicated that a majority of Americans support marijuana legalization.
          But the Biden administration has indicated the President hasn’t changed his stance on the issue, despite Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s recent draft of a bill that would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level.
            White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week in response to the draft bill thatnothing has changedabout the President’s views on marijuana.
            Biden has previously said he supports the decriminalization of marijuana, but he hasn’t gone as far to say he supports its legalization.

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