Tag Archives: Availability

Iowa State Panel Holds Medical Marijuana Hearings

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is sponsoring a series of public meetings to gather input on the issue of medical marijuana, the Quad-City Times reported Aug. 2. Backers of medical marijuana hope the hearings will build public pressure on state lawmakers; …

Alcohol Retailers Fight New Mass. Tax

A new Massachusetts tax on liquor, wine and beer went into effect this weekend, but the state’s alcohol sellers are working to reinstate a longtime sales-tax exemption on alcoholic beverages, the Associated Press reported July 31. As part of a …

Study Sees Few Cancer Risks from Smokeless Tobacco

A new research review concludes that smokeless-tobacco use poses little cancer risk to users — and far less than smoking tobacco — but the findings were immediately challenged by another tobacco researcher. MedPage Today reported July 29 that researchers Peter …

Smoking May be Banned Outside NYC Health Facilities

Smokers in New York City may no longer be able to light up on any hospital property or within 15 feet of their entrances and exits under a newly passed City Council bill, the Associated Press reported July 29. The …

U.S. House Committee Passes Cocaine Sentencing Equalization Bill

A bill that would eliminate mandatory five-year federal sentences for minor crack-cocaine possession and remove other sentencing distinctions between the rock and powdered form of the drug has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, the Hampton Roads Pilot reported …

Human Rights Watch Calls for Mexico Drug Funding Cutoff

The group Human Rights Watch is accusing the Mexican government of rights violations in its ongoing war against drug cartels and says U.S. antidrug aid should be suspended until the problems are addressed, the Los Angeles Times reported July 14. …

Covering Addiction in Health Reform Will Save Money, Group Says

Including addiction treatment in national healthcare reform will save the nation billions of dollars in emergency care and other health costs, according to a new white paper from the Open Society Institute’s Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative. The “Unforeseen …

Ohio Smoker Grows His Own Tobacco

Some people brew their own beer or make their own wine; now, an Ohio man is testing the viability of growing his own tobacco in the face of rising cigarette costs. The Akron Beacon Journal reported June 28 that Don …

Canadian Bars Require ID Swipes, Create Blacklist

Some bars in Victoria, British Columbia are requiring patrons to swipe their ID cards, then using the data collected to compile and enforce a blacklist of customers who previously have been involved in fights, been kicked out of other bars, …

Drug War Torture by Mexican Army Alleged

The Mexican military and security forces may be emulating some of the worst tactics of its foes in the war against illegal narcotics trafficking, including torturing and kidnapping suspects, the Washington Post reported July 9. Human-rights groups, Mexican residents and …