Defendant in Opioid Kickback Case Claims Right to Smoke Pot

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Defendant in Opioid Kickback Case Claims Right to Smoke Pot

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A U.S. ex-pharmaceutical sales representative accused of paying kickbacks to induce doctors to write prescriptions for an opioid drug is asserting he has a constitutional right to continue smoking marijuana so he can remain clear-headed for his defense.

“It is a very creative defense,” said Keith Stroup, the legal counsel and founder of NORML, a nonprofit that advocates for the legalization of pot.

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