Webb v. United States was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1919. The decision held that prescriptions of narcotic drugs for the sole purpose of maintenance treatment were not permissible. This was because such prescriptions were not interpreted to be within the discretion of physicians and thus not privileged under the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. This act was a U.S. federal law that taxed and regulated the production and delivery of opiate drugs. The act was proposed by New York Representative ...

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