Tag Archives: Taxation

CAMY Gets New Life with $4 Million CDC Grant

Monitoring of alcohol-industry advertising and its effects on youth will continue for at least the next five years thanks to a $4 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Center on Alcohol Marketing …

U.S. Uses Incentives to Stop Afghan Farmers from Producing Poppies

The Obama administration is implementing a new $300-million program to discourage Afghan farmers from growing poppies by providing them with incentives to start growing other crops, such as wheat and corn, the Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 14. The U.S. …

U.S. Currency Contaminated with Cocaine

The vast majority of U.S. paper money in circulation contains traces of cocaine, a new study finds. CNN reported Aug. 18 that researchers found that 90 percent of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills tested had detectable cocaine residue. …

Philip Morris Enters Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Market

Philip Morris USA has begun testing the waters in the roll-your-own tobacco market by selling pouches and canisters of its L&M tobacco in Maine and Michigan, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported July 31. The roll-your-own tobacco market is relatively small in …

Study: FASD Often Confused with ADHD, But Symptoms More Severe

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share many attributes, and children with FASD are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD. However, a recent study found that children with FASD have a harder time understanding social information than …

Proposed Oregon Beer Tax Still Alive

With less than two weeks left in Oregon’s 2009 legislature session, Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland) and Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) are proposing an updated version of the beer tax they introduced earlier this year, the Bend Bulletin reported June 18. The …

Calif. Legalization Advocates Focus on 2010 Ballot

Marijuana-legalization advocates in California are looking to get legislation to tax and regulate the drug on the state ballot for November 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reported June 10. The initiative would allow people 21 years of age and older to …

Adding Drones to the Drug War Arsenal

The U.S. Defense Department’s Southern Command (Southcom) has begun to test an unmanned air vehicle (UAV), or drone, for use in detecting and intercepting boats used to smuggle narcotics into the U.S., Time magazine reported June 8.  Called the Heron, …

Obama’s First Drug Budget Fails to Shift Priorities

The chairman of a House oversight committee last week chided the Obama administration for failing to live up to its rhetoric about ending the war on drugs and taking a new approach to preventing drug use, challenging the composition of …

Colleges Should Ease Marijuana Penalties, Advocates Say

Sanctions imposed for marijuana use by colleges and universities should be equalized with penalties for alcohol offenses, marijuana-legalization advocates contend. The Associated Press reported May 16 that activists have latched onto the recent debate about lowering the legal drinking age …