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AUDIO: Medical Marijuana 101: Doctors, Regulators Brace For ‘Big Marijuana’

Levy worries that marijuana addiction rates, now around 9 percent of users, could climb to those seen among tobacco users (32 percent) without strict controls on growers and manufacturers. Growers are already producing strains of marijuana with stronger a
WBUR-FM (Boston, MA)
added Aug 11, 2014 10:35

INGRAHAM: Wonkblog / Why marijuana won’t become another Big Tobacco

A privatized marijuana industry's profit-making motives are almost certain to conflict with various public health interests. But conflicting interests don't constitute grounds for outright prohibition and criminalization ... They do, on the other hand, ma
Washington Post
added Aug 11, 2014 10:32

[Oregon] Pot-smoking mom objects to doctors advise to not breastfeed newborn

Cain had been smoking marijuana during her pregnancy, on her midwife's advice she says, for anxiety and nausea. Cain isn't worried about THC - the compound in marijuana that gets you high - in her bloodstream or breast milk. "There are several studies
Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer
added Aug 10, 2014 21:59

[Malta] 'Should smokers with lung cancer not be given sick leave?' -GWU on MEA proposal

General Workers' Union secretary-general Tony Zarb today blasted the Malta Employers’ Association’s proposal to rule out self-inflicted conditions like hangovers, sports injuries and cosmetic surgery as reasons for taking sick leave.
Malta Independent (mt)
added Aug 7, 2014 11:24

Times Readers Online Make Their Own Cases for Legalizing Marijuana

d.” Somehow we don’t anticipate “repeal the 21st amendment, ban tobacco” working as a slogan on the campaign trail; certainly any candidate who suggested blanket prohibition would lose The Times’s readership.
New York Times
added Aug 5, 2014 21:05

Murdoch’s Fox Withdraws Time Warner Takeover Offer

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. withdrew its $75 billion takeover offer for Time Warner Inc., after the billionaire’s attempt to reshape the media industry was rejected.
Bloomberg News
added Aug 5, 2014 17:10

[UK] World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers

Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming. Public relations f
The Guardian (uk)
added Aug 5, 2014 16:55

BAJAJ: Rules for the Marijuana Market

lessons from the country’s long battle with the tobacco industry is advertising’s outsize role in creating and sustaining an addiction to nicotine, particularly among teenagers and young adults. Though marijuana is far less addictive than tobacco, states
New York Times
added Aug 4, 2014 19:57

Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of it
added Aug 4, 2014 12:22

SHERMAN / McNAMARA: Censorship in Your Doctor’s Office

a recent decision by the ...11th Circuit, everything a doctor says to a patient is “treatment,” not speech...Imagine if tobacco companies successfully lobbied for a law that prohibited doctors from asking patients whether they smoke. Some doctors may want
New York Times
added Aug 3, 2014 13:07
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