Questions arise about California doctor’s response to Prince

Was a California doctor acting legally when he sent his son to Prince’s home with a drug often used to treat people addicted to opiates such as prescription painkillers?

Dr. Howard Kornfeld may have been trying to help. But he was not licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota and was not registered to care for patients there via telemedicine.

His son, Andrew Kornfeld, has been described as a pre-med student. He was not a licensed prescriber.

The pair may need to rely on loopholes and broad readings of federal and state laws to justify why the younger Kornfeld carried buprenorphine to Minnesota on an April 20 flight.

The Kornfelds did not respond to messages this week from The Associated Press. Neither father nor son is charged with any crime.