Tag Archives: State Government

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 …

Tailored Meth Treatment Lacking, Experts Say

Methamphetamine users have unique treatment needs but typically receive the same type of therapy as those addicted to other drugs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported July 6. “If someone needs treatment now, they might as well go to any place …

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 …

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 …

Supreme Court Rejects Appeals by Both Sides in Tobacco Racketeering Case

To use some soccer terminology, this week’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark tobacco racketeering case was a draw. The high court’s refusal to review the case denied the government’s bid to get more money out of the industry, but …

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 …

D.C. Medical Marijuana Law Attacked in Congress

Congress last year lifted a longstanding ban on use of public money to support medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., but now a pair of Republican lawmakers want to block implementation of the law. The Washington Post reported June 23 that …

Costa Leaving U.N. Drug Agency

The longtime head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, is stepping down in July, and the leading candidate to replace him reportedly is Yuri Fedotov, currently Russia’s ambassador to the U.K. …

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 …