Category results for "Advocacy"

Marijuana Decriminalization Considered in R.I.

A state Senate leader and the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are pressing state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 3. Sen. Josh Miller, a local restaurant owner, heads a special…

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but ’Balance’ Proves Elusive Goal

The Obama administration’s first stab at crafting its own national drug-control budget priorities (PDF) adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts despite promises…

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Md. Legislature

Maryland lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to legalize medical use of marijuana, the Baltimore Sun reported Jan. 27. House and Senate versions of the bill would allow individuals with a “disabling medical condition” to used marijuana to alleviate their symptoms…

Medical Marijuana Advocates Ready to File for S.D. Ballot

Supporters of a proposed South Dakota referendum on legalizing medical use of marijuana say they have gathered 30,000 petition signatures, far more than the 16,776 required to qualify for the November election. The Associated Press reported Jan. 21 that advocates…

Citing Health Reasons, Hospital Refuses Jobs to Tobacco Users

Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn., says it will no longer hire users of tobacco products, saying the decision is rooted in concerns about community health, not a desire for cost savings. The Associated Press reported Jan. 18 that the nonprofit…

Continuing to Smoke Quickens Progression of Lung Cancer

Lung-cancer tumors may grow larger and more quickly in patients who continue to smoke after being diagnosed with the disease, according to researchers who conducted animal studies at the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine. HealthDay News…

2010 SAMHSA Science and Service Awards

Community-based organizations that have been exemplary in implementing evidence-based addiction and mental-health interventions may apply for the 2010 Science and Service Awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). These recognition awards (no funding) will be made…

E-Cigarettes Not Subject to FDA Regulation, Federal Judge Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot block the importation of electronic cigarettes into the U.S. because they are not tobacco products — and thus not under the FDA’s jurisdiction — a federal judge has ruled. The Washington Post…

More Smokers Cutting Back Due to Cost, Controls

Higher cigarette prices and smoke-free laws have not succeeded in eliminating smoking, but it has compelled a growing number of smokers to light up less frequently and publicly, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 12. About 20 percent of Americans…

Campus Certification Program for Tobacco-Free College Policy

Denver, CO – College and university campuses that have instituted comprehensive smoke- or tobacco-free policies may now apply for official certification from The BACCHUS Network™, a leading national non-profit organization focused on health and safety issues concerning college students. Campuses are…

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