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Right after the skeletal Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne is the most frequent subject of the question: “How is he still alive?”

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Spurred by a pair of medical-marijuana regulation bills freshly signed into law by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, advocates in Colorado are eyeing a legalization push

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They say it’s not a call for legalization, but Canadian researchers contend that marijuana interventions should be focused on the minority of users likely to have problems with the drug … Sick convicts? Nine times more parolees than average citizens in Montana have medical-marijuana cards … In the dubious honors department, Missouri now has the nation’s lowest tobacco tax — 17 cents per pack — thanks to a recent tax hike in South Carolina … Keeping away from drinking and smoking can help teens avoid headaches, researchers say …

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They don?t spend much time in smoky bars, but kids are among the beneficiaries of laws banning indoor smoking … A Washington watchdog group says two FDA tobacco advisory panel members who work for drug companies should step down … A state court has revived a lawsuit against a San Francisco ordinance banning pharmacies from selling tobacco products … Walgreens — which filed the S.F. suit — also has resumed selling alcohol in its stores after a self-imposed 15-year ban …

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Offering both counseling and medication to alcoholics saves big bucks for society, a new study says … Seniors, prepare to be flattered: a new Indiana law requires retailers to check IDs of anyone buying alcohol, regardless of age … a Montana proposal to direct alcohol tax revenues to addiction treatment and prevention has fallen victim to the state’s budget crisis … Colorful cancer sticks: The tobacco industry is replacing terms like “light” and “mild” with new color schemes on cigarette packs

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You are cordially invited to apply to participate in a free one-day Advocacy Leadership Training Institute. The Institute is for anyone who is concerned about

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Something called the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) — which claims to be “the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan coalition of law enforcement professionals, crime victims, and concerned citizens united for justice” — apparently feels that Big Tobacco needs police protection from bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Hazelden has unveiled a new online screening tool for consumers called About My Drinking. Visitors to the website who answer 18 questions can get a personalized assessment of their current alcohol and other drug use and — if necessary — a referral to a Hazelden addiction counselor …

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Some states may say that marijuana is medicine, but the VA is having none of that: doctors affiliated with the federal veteran’s health program have been barred from recommending medical marijuana to patients … Meeting with the enemy: the head of the FDA’s new tobacco-regulation agency spoke this week at a conference of Big Tobacco execs …

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Join Together’s new blog provides expanded daily coverage of important news and resources for people working on alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. And we’ve made it easy to keep up to date.

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