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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

October 2018 – Cannabis Update (Regulations and Legislation)

The California Cannabis Control Appeals Panel is finishing its own formal comment period for regulations on appeals procedures (see our August 2018 update for more details); written comments will be accepted until 5pm on October 15, 2018.  They will also conduct a public hearing starting at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday October 17, 2018, at the State Personnel Board […]

October 17, 2018

CURES Usage Now Mandatory for Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Controlled substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) maintained by the Department of Justice (DOJ), is a database of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in California. CURES Version 2.0 tracks all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances dispensed in California. It contains the […]

October 3, 2018

A Pharmacist’s Corresponding Responsibility in Dispensing

A Pharmacist does not just throw pills from a large container into a small container for patient distribution.  No, while that might be a “traditional” idea, it does not capture the full responsibility borne by pharmacist.  A pharmacist licensed by California’s State Board of Pharmacy today has a much broader “gatekeeping” role; the pharmacist is […]

September 6, 2018

Vacatur: Better than Expungement?

In California, one can have certain criminal convictions dismissed or “expunged” from one’s record, as we have written about before, but that does not delete the fact that they occurred – Expungement only gives relief from the criminal penalty.  Applicants for state licensure must still list the convictions, if asked. Expungements have become very important […]


Compounding Drugs and the California Board of Pharmacy

Compounding, in a pharmaceutical sense, is the preparation of personalized medications. This allows a patient to get a strength and dosage (and possibly even flavor) to match an exact need. A prescriber, such as a doctor or veterinarian, may work with a pharmacist to create a specialized medication in a form that the patient can […]


August 2018 Cannabis News Updates

August 2018 Cannabis Updates:  Enforcement, Regulations, and a new Appeals Board   The Bureau of Cannabis Control, in conjunction with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ law enforcement arm, the Division of Investigation, and local law enforcement, has served a search warrant on an unlicensed cannabis home delivery business in Sacramento, the Cannaisseur Club, on August […]


Physical Therapists and Imaging

This article will explore the use of imaging by California physical therapists. With the passing of AB 1000 allowing “direct access” to California physical therapists in 2014, and technological advances in all types of imaging, physical therapy and imaging seem to be a match made in heaven. In fact, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical […]

July 18, 2018

What is Locum tenens practice?

You’ve heard of a substitute teacher? Meet your new Latin term of the day: Locum tenens, where a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other medical professional can be a “substitute” in a number of healthcare settings (clinics, research facilities, correctional institutions, mobile deployments, even insurance companies and law firms). Literally meaning “holding in place” (substituting), a […]


Are you thinking of being involved in California’s Cannabis Market?

While the transformation of marijuana to cannabis has come with legalization, the State of California is still working on the details. Anyone may submit a comment to be considered during the formal comment period for regulations, which will go through August 27, 2018 for all three state agencies in charge of licensing: Bureau of Cannabis […]


As an employer, when should you hire an outside investigator to conduct a workplace investigation?

This is a question we often get from employers, and, in true lawyer fashion, the answer is, it depends. Many companies in today’s society have dedicated Human Resource departments that are responsible for dealing with a plethora of employee related issues including handling complaints. Whether or not the complaint is handled in-house (by Human Resource […]




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