Tag Archives: Underage

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Alabama House Committee

A medical-marijuana bill has been advanced by a committee in the Alabama House of Representatives, but probably too late for a vote to take place in the full legislature, the Montgomery Advertiser reported April 8. The Michael Phillips Compassionate Care …

U.K. Bar Owners Face Jail Time for Drink Specials

Bars in the U.K. are being banned from running “all you can drink” specials, and owners who violate the new rules could face six months in prison and more than $30,000 in fines, the Telegraph reported April 6. Promotions like …

Maine Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A system of eight regional, state-regulated centers will be set up to distribute marijuana to authorized medical users in Maine under a bill approved by the legislature on April 7. The Bangor Daily News reported April 8 that legislation passed …

Palin Addresses Alcohol Group; Pot Proponents Want Her Next

Sarah Palin delivered the keynote address at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) annual meeting in Las Vegas, and now some marijuana legalization advocates are dangling a $25,000 speaking fee to get the former vice-presidential candidate and Alaska …

Socializing with Heavy Drinkers Increases Alcohol Consumption

The amount of alcohol you consume seems to be directly related to the drinking habits of your social group, according to a new study. HealthDay News reported April 5 that researchers focused on data from 12,000 participants in the Framingham …

To Clear Court Docket, Philly Eases Marijuana Penalties

People caught possessing marijuana in Philadelphia will soon face nothing more than a fine as the city — seeking to clear minor cases from court dockets — makes the offense even less than a misdemeanor. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported April …

Reformulated, ’Abuse Resistant’ OxyContin Approved by FDA

A new slow-release version of the powerful opiate painkiller OxyContin has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new formulation is designed to prevent the time-released pills from being cut, broken, crushed or dissolved by users …

Adults’ Newborn Neurons Could Play Role in Addiction

Past research shows that the adult brain can produce new neurons, and a new animal study shows how manipulating neuron production could provide the basis for addiction treatment, Scientific American reported March 30. Researchers at the University of Texas recently …

S.C. Senate Approves 50-Cent Cigarette Tax Increase

The South Carolina Senate has agreed to raise the cigarette tax 50 cents per pack in the state with the lowest cigarette taxes in the nation, but Gov. Mark Sanford is expected to veto the measure. The State reported April …

U.K. Plans to Ban Mephedrone

The U.K. government plans to label the currently legal club drug mephedrone a controlled substance on par with marijuana and amphetamines, CBC News reported March 29. A synthetic form of cathinone — the active ingredient in the traditional North African …