Tag Archives: Taxation

Washington Medical Marijuana Law Causing Confusion

A decade after voters in Washington state passed a medical-marijuana law, there is still confusion over how much marijuana patients can possess and how strictly to enforce the law, the Associated Press reported Sept. 20. In Washington, the law requires …

Russia to Hike Alcohol Taxes, Up Regulation to Prevent Abuse

The Russian government plans to increase taxes on beer by 300 percent and ban sales in kiosks, the Guardian reported Oct. 1. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called alcoholism a “national disaster,” and the proposals by the Russian industry and …

Court Denies Death Row Appeal Based on FAS History

A woman who murdered a retired Louisiana minister had her death-row appeal rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against Brandy Holmes’ contention that her debilitation caused by fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) should have been considered during her sentencing. …

Unemployed Americans Smoke the Most, Study Finds

More than 45 percent of unemployed Americans smoke cigarettes, compared to 28.4 percent of workers ages 18 to 64, according to new findings from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Charlotte News-Observer reported Sept. 29 that …

Any Drinking Raises Risk of Traffic Accidents, Researchers Say

Even one or two alcoholic drinks can increase the risk of getting into an automobile accident, even if it’s not technically drunk driving, according to Italian researchers. Reuters reported Sept. 10 that individuals who consumed one or two drinks within …

Even Churches are Hurting in This Economy

Donor support for faith-based institutions is usually rock-solid, but in the current economic crisis even churches are scrambling to deal with a decline in giving, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 11. The Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church outside of …

Various Reasons Behind Teen Smoking

It’s indisputable that too many teenagers are smoking cigarettes, but what’s less clear is why they do so, a new study indicates. Reuters reported Sept. 11 that researchers from the University of Montreal found that the risk factors for youth …

Give Us Your Drugs, County Officials Say

Officials in Nassau County, N.Y., are hoping to get to the drugs in your medicine cabinet before your kids do as they battle rising abuse of prescription medications, Newsday reported Sept. 9. The county announced that it would accept unused …

Male Sexual Problems Caused by Marijuana Use, Study Says

Men who smoke marijuana may have more problems achieving orgasm during sex than abstainers, according to a new Australian study. New Scientist reported Aug. 24 that researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne found that men and women who smoked …

Study: SBI Can Work in Community Hospitals

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drug problems can be effectively implemented in community hospitals if certain barriers are addressed and overcome, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital. Most past research on SBI has been conducted …