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R.I. Governor Vetoes Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would have allowed state-licensed centers to sell marijuana to registered patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses, The Providence Journal reported June 13. “Although the intent of the legislation is to …

N.M.’s State-Sanction Marijuana Grower Readies First Crop

The first and only state-approved grower of medical marijuana in the U.S. will begin dispensing the drug to patients in New Mexico as early as the end of the summer, KOB-TV reported June 10. The New Mexico Health Department is prohibited …

Few Countries Put Health Warnings on Tobacco Products, CDC Finds

Health warnings placed on tobacco product packages are effective, but few countries have adopted an international treaty that mandates such warnings, UPI reported May 21. Tobacco health warnings support the intention to quit tobacco use, discourage the intention to start …

Regulation Uneven as E-Cigarettes Gain Popularity

New smokeless, electronic cigarettes have become increasingly popular in the U.S., with smokers buying the devices online even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has intercepted some shipments of the products, saying that they are unapproved drug-delivery devices. …

New York Drug Reform May Be Tweaked

New York lawmakers may make more information on drug offenders’ past convictions public after Republican lawmakers complained that recently approved drug-reform legislation could pose a safety threat, the Associated Press reported June 1. Reforms to the state’s Rockefeller-era drug laws …

Celebrity Rehab Seeks Image Makeover

Malibu, Calif.-based ’rehab center to the stars’ Promises says that the antics of some of its former clients have hurt its image, and is seeking to win back some public respect, the Los Angeles Times reported May 13. Highly publicized …

’Rigorous’ Study Examines Alcohol’s Effect on Heart Disease

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are conducting a controlled blind study to determine whether a daily dose of alcohol can help prevent heart disease, the Boston Globe reported May 6. Researcher Kenneth Mukamal and colleagues are tracking a …

Survey Finds Rising Parental Awareness of Youth Prescription Drug Abuse

Parents are increasingly aware of the threat that prescription drug abuse poses to their children, according to findings in the latest Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA)/MetLife Foundation Parents Attitude Tracking Study (PATS). The 2008 study of about 1,000 parents of …

Indoor-Smoking Ban Defeated in Indiana

An Indiana lawmaker’s attempt to ban smoking in public places was derailed by opposition from both Republican committee members and anti-smoking lobbyists, the Gary, Ind.-based Post-Tribune reported April 23. Indiana state Rep. Charlie Brown inserted language into a bill dealing …

Marijuana Use Not a Major Penalty in NFL Draft

Marijuana use by some of the current crop of draftees in the National Football League (NFL) is causing less concern among teams than has been the case in recent years, the Tampa Tribune reported April 23. In the past, a …