Tag Archives: Legislators

Mass. Delays Antismoking Campaign Pending Outcome of NYC Case

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health won’t proceed with requiring retailers to post graphic warning signs about smoking until an industry lawsuit against a similar campaign in New York City is resolved, USA Today reported July 14. “We are not …

Legalization Could Cut Marijuana Prices 80 Percent, RAND Estimates

A study on the expected impact of marijuana legalization in California predicts that the price of the drug would drop steeply, the Sacramento Bee reported July 8. The RAND Corp. study estimated that marijuana prices could fall as much as …

Progress Against Teen Smoking Has Slowed, CDC Reports

Major declines in adolescent smoking achieved in the late 1990s and early 2000s slowed to a crawl between 2003 and 2009, the U.S. Centers on Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its biennial report on high-school smoking. The prevalence …

Border Patrol Sees Surge in Teen Drug Smugglers

The number of minors caught smuggling drugs from Mexico to Arizona surged 83 percent in 2009, USA Today reported July 7. Last year, 130 minors were arrested on drug charges by the U.S. Border Patrol, part of what officials call …

ACLU Sues Wal-Mart Over Medical-Marijuana Firing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Wal-Mart in Michigan after the company terminated an employee for medical marijuana use, CNN reported June 29. Joseph Casias, a cancer patient and one of Michigan’s 20,000 approved medical-marijuana users, was fired …

Mass. Bill Would Allow Smoking in New Casinos

A Massachusetts bill authorizing licenses for three casinos in the state includes a provision to allow smoking in up to 25 percent of gaming areas, the Associated Press reported June 23.  “The marketing study has shown without smoking, it would …

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 …

Practicing What they Preach: Most Evangelical Leaders Abstain from Alcohol

A family history of alcoholism and religious teachings were among the reasons cited by the 60 percent of U.S. evangelical leaders who said they don’t drink alcohol socially, CNN reported June 24. About two out of three Americans drink, but …

Researchers: Secondhand Smoke Threatens Millions in Public Housing

Americans who live in public housing are exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors, according to researchers who demonstrated how smoke from one apartment unit can infiltrate into others. UPI reported June 19 that researchers Jonathan Winickoff of MassGeneral Hospital …

Supreme Court Relaxes Drug Deportation Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against automatic deportation of legal immigrants for minor drug offenses, the New York Times reported June 14.  The unanimous decision resolved longstanding confusion at the state and federal level on how to interpret the term …