Newfoundland and Labrador became on Tuesday the latest province to sue more than a dozen tobacco companies for money to cover health-care costs related to smoking. The Newfoundland government filed a statement of claim with the provincial Supreme Court in St. John’s after proclaiming legislation that allows the province to pursue legal action against the tobacco industry, according to a statement sent by the province’s Justice Department. Ream more »
As hookah lounges spring up in St. Johns and throughout the Portland area, the flavored tobacco attracts UP students to gather together. However, they may be unaware of the health risks of smoking hookah.
The tobacco used for hookahs is “shisha,” a half-tobacco, half-syrup mixture. Shisha comes in a variety of flavors such as double apple or grape, which is cooled and smoked through water pipes, or a hookah. Ream more »
The following is a statement by Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and National African American Tobacco Prevention Network. According to court filings, the tobacco companies are seeking to block public disclosure of proposed statements a federal judge has ordered them to make to correct their deceptions about their deadly products. Ream more »
But Saginaw County and city legal leaders say medical marijuana dispensaries, like the several exchanges that operate in Bay County, are illegal.
With regard to dispensaries, it looks like Saginaw leaders won’t have the luxury of waiting for legal precedent regarding distribution of medical marijuana, as Saginaw Attorney Thomas H. Fancher said he had hoped.
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Police are investigating a Tuesday morning smash-and-grab burglary at the Hookah bar in northwest Atlanta.
A witness called police after seeing several suspects in hoodies enter the House of Hookah at 398 14th St. early in the morning, Atlanta police spokeswoman Ms. Kim Jones said.
But by the time officers arrived, the suspects had already fled, Ms. Jones said. Ream more »
A number of allegations made by Jennifer Schipsi were lies, a Palo Alto hookah lounge owner accused of murdering her testified in court Monday.
On the third day of his testimony, Bulos “Paul” Zumot, the 37-year-old owner of Da Hookah Spot, claimed Schipsi, a 29-year-old old real estate agent he is suspected of strangling and whose body he allegedly set ablaze to hide evidence, was dishonest in some of the text messages she sent him. Ream more »
Miley Cyrus says that being caught smoking a bong was a ‘bad decision, because of my fans.’
The pop star’s comments are published just days after she was voted the celebrity with the worst influence on teens in a survey of youngsters for the second year in a row.
A video of the 18-year-old smoking a bong allegedly filled with the herb salvia was posted on the Internet in December.
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A House committee yesterday unanimously passed a bill that seeks to amend the sweeping medical marijuana laws passed last year. House Bill 1043 would in part lessen the residency requirements for employees of medical marijuana centers, allow medical marijuana centers to trade marijuana with other centers, and require a primary caregiver who cultivates marijuana to register the cultivation site and all patient identification numbers with the state. Ream more »
The county’s Planning Commission voted unanimously this morning to recommend the Board of Supervisors require medical marijuana dispensaries to seek a permit and stay within commercial and medical office zones. Commissioners also suggested pot shops remain at least 600 feet away from schools and 800 feet away from other dispensaries.
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The plants that will ultimately produce medical marijuana in Arizona are not legally in the ground, but police agencies are already planning how their officers will try to enforce state pot laws while respecting a sick resident’s right to possess the herb.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he would assign a special unit to target medical-marijuana frauds, but the unit so far consists of two deputies and a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official who works for free. Ream more »