Tag Archives: Judicial

$21 Million Awarded to Fla. Smoker with COPD

Philip Morris USA was ordered by a Florida jury to pay $28 million in damages to a smoker with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Law360 reported July 9. The cigarette company was deemed to be 64-percent responsible for plaintiff Ellen Tate’s …

Radical and Dangerous: Possible Changes to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol

The alcohol section of the new Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report (PDF) could represent a radical departure from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines1 if its conclusions are reflected in the final Dietary Guideline for alcohol scheduled to come out later this year. The …

Synthetic Marijuana Products Outlawed in Missouri

A blend of herbs sold under the brand name K2 and thought to produce psychoactive effects similar to marijuana has been banned in Missouri, St. Louis Today reported July 6. Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill into law this week …

Join Together News Roundup for July 6, 2010

The ACLU has sued Wal-Mart over its firing of an employee who legally used medical marijuana under Michigan state law ... A proposed San Francisco alcohol tax would be used to pay for addiction treatment and other services ... Arizona’s governor claims that most illegal immigrants from Mexico are involved in drug smuggling ... The FDA’s tobacco center had a busy first year and has a full plate for year two, as well ... …

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 …

Pelvic Pain Worse Among Pregnant Smokers

Women who smoke during pregnancy are 20 percent more likely to report pelvic pain than nonsmokers, Reuters reported June 18. A study of 5,000 women found that reports of pelvic pain were higher even among women who quit smoking during …

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 …

Bladder Problems, Pelvic Pain Tied to Ketamine Use

Heavy and long-term users of the club drug ketamine risk developing incontinence and other bladder issues, suggests a small study of young ketamine users in Hong Kong. HealthDay News reported May 30 that the study of 66 ketamine users ages …

49% of Californians Support Legalization: Poll

Just under half of California residents express some level of support for a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in the state, according to a new poll. The Los Angeles Times reported May 31 that the L.A. Times/USC poll found …