Tag Archives: Underage

Study Hints at Link Between Youth Marijuana Use and Depression

A Dutch study has found that marijuana use before age 17 was associated with a 50-percent increase in the risk of later suffering an episode of depression, although researchers said that the association weakened when a history of conduct disorders …

Join Together News Roundup for July 6, 2010

The ACLU has sued Wal-Mart over its firing of an employee who legally used medical marijuana under Michigan state law ... A proposed San Francisco alcohol tax would be used to pay for addiction treatment and other services ... Arizona’s governor claims that most illegal immigrants from Mexico are involved in drug smuggling ... The FDA’s tobacco center had a busy first year and has a full plate for year two, as well ... …

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 …

Chicago Charity Motorcycle Ride Benefits FAS Programs

Chicago-area FASTeam is sponsoring a 150-mile charity motorcycle ride on Aug. 15 to raise money for research and awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). The 2010 F.A.S.T Ride, which will be aided by local police who will provide traffic control, is the 6th annual charity event by FASTeam, founded by husband and wife Walt and Kathy Teichen. …

U.K. Approves Marijuana-Based Drug

The U.K.’s primary medical regulatory body has approved a cannabis-derived spray for treatment of spasticity in multiple-sclerosis patients, Reuters reported June 18.  The drug, Sativex, was the first marijuana-based medication to be cleared for prescription use in Canada, where it …

Join Together News Roundup for June 28, 2010

Parents who are tough but compassionate towards their kids are best at preventing underage drinking ... Republican lawmakers are trying to block D.C.’s medical-marijuana law (again) ... Vermont candidates for governor debate decriminalization ... Mothers-to-be should be tested for tobacco use and exposure, U.K. health officials recommend ... …

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 …

Britain Mulls Testing Expectant Mothers for Smoking

All pregnant women should be tested for carbon-monoxide levels as part of their pre-natal evaluation, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the United Kingdom’s main body for developing clinical guidelines, the BBC reported June 24.  …

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. …

Join Together News Roundup for June 24, 2010

Live by the sword, die by the sword: Afghanistan, long the world’s leading exporter of opium poppy, is facing a growing domestic heroin addiction problem ... The U.S. Navy has torpedoed smoking on submarines ... A drink claiming to speed up alcohol metabolism is bogus, critics say ... The tobacco tax in New York City may soon rise to $5.85 per pack ... …