Tag Archives: State Government

Decriminalization, Legalization on Table in N.H.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering bills that could decriminalize or even legalize marijuana possession, the North Andover Eagle Tribune reported Jan. 31. HB-1652 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana; the measure calls for the …

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but ’Balance’ Proves Elusive Goal

The Obama administration’s first stab at crafting its own national drug-control budget priorities (PDF) adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts despite promises …

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Md. Legislature

Maryland lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to legalize medical use of marijuana, the Baltimore Sun reported Jan. 27. House and Senate versions of the bill would allow individuals with a “disabling medical condition” to used marijuana to alleviate their symptoms …

Colo. Senate Votes to Tighten Controls on Medical Marijuana

The Colorado Senate has voted 34-1 in favor of a bill that would require residents to have an established relationship with a doctor in order to obtain a recommendation to use marijuana for medical reasons, KDVR-TV reported Feb. 1. The …

Menthol Seems to Reinforce Nicotine Addiction, Researchers Say

Smokers of menthol cigarettes have more trouble quitting than smokers of unflavored cigarettes, according to a new study which concludes that the effects produced by menthol tend to reinforce nicotine addiction.  NPR reported Jan. 25 that researcher Jonathan Foulds of …

Seneca Tribe Targets Senator for Support of Cigarette Shipping Bill

The reelection bid of freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is being challenged by the Seneca Nation, which may spend $250,000 to oppose her because Gillibrand backs the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act — a measure that would ban the …

All States Could Soon Allow Scans of Driver’s Licenses

A bill in the state legislature would make Nebraska the last of the 50 U.S. states to allow driver’s licenses to be electronically scanned by liquor-store clerks and for other identification purposes, the Associated Press reported Jan. 25. Supporters say …

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 …

Medical Marijuana Advocates Ready to File for S.D. Ballot

Supporters of a proposed South Dakota referendum on legalizing medical use of marijuana say they have gathered 30,000 petition signatures, far more than the 16,776 required to qualify for the November election. The Associated Press reported Jan. 21 that advocates …

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 …