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Entries for February 2011

A broad range of marijuana-related legislation is pending in at least 13 states, with efforts ranging from repealing current medical marijuana laws, protecting workers who use prescription marijuana, to legalizing, taxing, and regulating sales of it.
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Gil Kerlikowske, the White House drug czar, urged Fla. governor Rick Scott to reinstate a prescription drug-monitoring database he axed in this year’s state budget. The governor refused, even as the DEA and local law enforcement announced raids on multiple pain clinics in south Florida.
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In a lawsuit brought by groups fighting underage drinking, a Nebraska judge has ruled that 'alcopops' should be taxed as distilled spirits, not as beer.
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A new study led by a researcher at Indiana University found that drinking problems in teens is not “just a phase,” but strongly predicts they will be alcohol dependent in their twenties.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011, alcohol is 'the world’s third largest risk factor for disease and disability,' and is responsible for nearly four percent of deaths worldwide -- more than AIDS, violence, or tuberculosis.
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A new study suggests marijuana may accelerate the onset of psychotic disorders in some young users.
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A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that Wal-Mart was within its rights to fire an employee for using medical marijuana to treat an inoperable brain tumor.
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The best way to manage substance abuse in nurses -- and safeguard patients -- is to help them beat addiction rather than punishing them for it, according to new research.
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The Australian government should put warning labels on alcohol in conjunction with a broad public health campaign addressing alcohol use, according to an advisory panel.
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An Illinois commission issued a report concluding that people of color facing low-level drug charges receive harsher and more frequent penalties than whites facing the same charges.
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