Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

U.S. Ban on Clove Cigarettes Draws International Scrutiny

U.S. lawmakers say they banned clove cigarettes because of their health risks and appeal to young smokers, but the World Trade Organization (WTO) is investigating whether the ban violated international free-trade agreements. The Associated Press reported July 20 that Indonesia …

Oakland OKs Plan for Four Big Marijuana Farms to Supply Medical Users

Seeking greater control over who supplies marijuana to legal medical users, the city of Oakland has approved a plan that would license four large marijuana farms and sets hefty regulatory fees on the operations, the Oakland Tribune reported July 22. …

S.F. Seeks Supplemental Alcohol Tax

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has fast-tracked a proposal to add a $.076 per ounce tax on alcohol that would be charged at the wholesale level, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 27. If approved, the tax would generate …

Ariz. Governor Says Most Illegal Immigrants are Drug Smugglers

Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer said that most illegal immigrants are “drug mules,” but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) distanced himself from Brewer’s remarks on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Fox News reported June 27. McCain said that Brewer was “standing up for …

Vt. Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Drug Policy at Recovery Forum

Seven candidates for governor in Vermont clashed over a proposal to decriminalize drugs at a recent forum sponsored by Friends of Recovery Vermont, the Rutland Herald reported June 24.Democrat Peter Shumlin, currently president pro tem of the state Senate, has …

Colorado Springs Rakes in Medical Marijuana Tax Revenues

Tax revenue from medical marijuana sales is increasing exponentially in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported June 21.  Average monthly tax revenue from medical marijuana has gone from $4,000 to $40,000 during the last year, although total revenue is …

Indian Reservations Become Drug Pipeline to U.S.

Indian reservations at the Mexican and Canadian borders with the U.S. are becoming vital pipelines for funneling marijuana, ecstasy, and other drugs into the country, the Montreal Gazette reported June 18.  According to the National Drug Intelligence Center’s 2010 drug …

CDC Calls for Urgent Action on Abuse of Pain Medication

Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers rose 111 percent between 2004 and 2008, according to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Reuters reported June …

Advocacy Groups Merge to Support Implementation of Healthcare Reform

Two closely aligned groups advocating for addiction and mental-health programs in national healthcare reform have agreed to a merger. The mental-health field’s Whole Health Campaign and the addiction community’s Coalition for Whole Health, which both successfully argued for inclusion of …

Supreme Court Nominee Would Have to Sit Out Major Tobacco Case

If Elena Kagan is confirmed as a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court she would have to recuse herself from the government’s case seeking $280 billion in past tobacco-industry profits and $14 billion for a national stop-smoking campaign, the Associated …