What is the National Opioids Settlement?

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, several State Attorneys General, and four major defendants announced agreement on terms of proposed nationwide settlements to resolve all Opioids litigation brought by states and local political subdivisions against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors: McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen (“Distributors”), and manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its parent company Johnson & Johnson (collectively, “J&J”).   

These settlements, if agreed and adopted, will provide substantial funds to states and local governments for abatement of the Opioids epidemic across the country and will impose transformative changes in the way the settling defendants conduct their business.

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1. Can cannabis facilities operate within “Drug-Free School Zones?”
2. Can a municipality adopt an ordinance regulating cannabis delivery services?
3. What kind of tax can a municipality impose on cannabis establishments? And, do vertically integrated facilities avoid certain local taxes?
4. What are the projected revenues of the local transfer and user tax?
5. What kind of license does a cannabis testing facility require? Can a municipality prevent cannabis testing facilities operating within their boundaries the same they do other license holders?
6. Can currently licensed alternative treatment centers begin offering their services for non-medicinal purposes? If yes, is municipal approval required prior to the alternative treatment center expandin
7. Can a municipality prohibit the consumption of cannabis on public property and in public places?
8. Will cannabis cultivators be eligible for farmland assessment?
9. Can cannabis by cultivated on preserved farmland?
10. Is the growing and processing of cannabis eligible for Right-to-Farm protection?
11. What is the National Opioids Settlement?