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Marijuana Legalization Fails in Wash. Legislature

A bill that would have legalized marijuana possession for adults ages 21 and over has been rejected by a House committee in the Washington state legislature, the Associated Press reported Jan. 20. The House Public Safety Committee voted 6-2 against …

Patricia F. Russo Named Chairman of Partnership for a Drug-Free America

NEW YORK – The Board of Directors of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America today named Patricia “Pat” F. Russo Chairman of the national non-profit organization that exists to help parents prevent, intervene in and treat drug and alcohol use …

FDA Orders Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed cigarette companies to provide detailed information on their products by June, when the agency for the first time will begin studying the composition of cigarettes in detail, the  Associated Press reported …

Continuing to Smoke Quickens Progression of Lung Cancer

Lung-cancer tumors may grow larger and more quickly in patients who continue to smoke after being diagnosed with the disease, according to researchers who conducted animal studies at the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine. HealthDay News …

Safe-Injection Program Survives Another Shutdown Attempt by Canadian Government

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has rejected a lawsuit from Canada’s Conservative government that sought to shutter Vancouver’s Insight safe-injection program for IV-drug users, the Canwest News Service reported Jan. 16. Insite was established as a three-year program in …

Long-Term Study Concludes Drinking Does Not Protect Against Stroke

Researchers who studied 22,000 men over more than two decades have concluded that drinking alcohol is not associated with either the odds of having a stroke or the severity of stroke symptoms, Reuters reported Jan. 5. Previous, smaller studies have …

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Mandatory Sentencing Reform Bill

A bill that gives judges discretion to override mandatory sentencing rules for drug sales in drug-free school zones has passed both houses of the New Jersey legislature, the Asbury Park Press reported Jan. 8. The measure, which also allows inmates …

Blacks, Hispanics Disproportionately Face Marijuana Charges in NYC

Research shows that whites are more likely to smoke marijuana than members of minority groups, but 87 percent of those arrested in New York City on marijuana charges are black or Hispanic, the New York Times reported Dec. 23. A …

Marijuana Scene Earns ’It’s Complicated’ an ’R’ Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is being chided for slapping an “R” rating on the adult comedy “It’s Complicated,” a film with little sex and violence that includes a scene where characters played by Steve Martin and Meryl …

Federal Judge Upholds Most of FDA Tobacco Law

In one of the first challenges to the tobacco-regulation law passed by Congress last year, a federal judge in Kentucky has upheld most of the legislation but said that banning tobacco companies from using color ads and graphics in ads …