Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

Maine Voters Expand Medical-Marijuana Availability

Voters in Maine this week decisively approved a measure that will make medical marijuana more available to residents, the Bangor Daily News reported Nov. 4. The ballot initiative, approved by 58 percent of voters, expands the list of qualifying health …

Medical Marijuana Providers Need to Know Patients, Colorado Court Rules

A Colorado court has let stand the drug conviction of a woman who supplied marijuana to medical-marijuana dispensaries, saying the she did not qualify as a “caregiver” under state law because she did not have direct contact with patients, the …

Light Smoking Impairs Arterial Health, Study Finds

Young smokers suffer reduced cardiovascular function even if they smoke only a few cigarettes per day, according to research from Stella Daskalopoulou at the McGill University Health Center. Medical News Today reported Oct. 27 that Daskalopoulou and colleagues found arterial …

SAMHSA Grants Support Transitional Service for Addicted Offenders

Programs that help people with addictions make the transition from prison back to the community and continue their recovery have been awarded a total of $28.7 million by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The three-year grants …

Doctors Say Opiate Painkillers Too Risky for Arthritis Patients

Powerful opiate-based painkillers carry too many risks to be used to treat arthritis pain, researchers are warning patients. Reuters reported Oct. 7 that researcher Eveline Nuensch of the University of Bern in Switzerland and colleagues compared opiate-based drugs to a …

Reformed New York Drug Laws Take Effect

Revised drug laws that just took effect in New York may allow drug offenders convicted of low-level crimes to have their sentences reduced or may even be released from prison, the Associated Press reported Oct. 7. The state will now …

$43 Million in Treatment Funding for Homeless Awarded

Twenty-five grants totaling $43 million over five years have been awarded to groups that provide addiction and mental health treatment to homeless populations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced. The grants to community-based groups were …

Treatment Referrals Most Likely to Come from Criminal-Justice System

The criminal-justice system accounts for more than one in three referrals to addiction-treatment programs nationally, and such referrals are more likely to result in completed treatment stays, according to the latest Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report from the Substance …

Calif. Looks to Put Reins on Medical Marijuana Sales

California officials are seeking greater control over medical-marijuana sales, as pot dispensaries have proliferated in cities like Los Angeles and concerns are rising about drug dealers posing as medical-marijuana providers. USA Today reported Sept. 30 that the law on medical-marijuana …

Tobacco Company Sues to Block Flavored Cigar Ban

The leading maker of clove cigarettes has gone to court in a bid to prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from imposing a ban on cigars flavored with cloves, fruit, or other flavorings, the Wall Street Journal reported …