Colorado, Washington Wait to See Impact of Tax Rates on Legal Marijuana

January 28, 2014 0

Policymakers in Colorado are imposing a 15 percent wholesale and 10 percent retail tax on marijuana transactions. The impact of the tax rate is unclear, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Washington state will impose a 25 percent excise tax on the production, processing, and final sale of legal marijuana, on top of the state sales tax of 8.75 percent. In Colorado, the price of legal commercial-grade marijuana has doubled to $400 per ounce since the beginning of […]

Employers Debate Whether to Allow E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

January 23, 2014 0

Companies are struggling with the question of whether to allow employees to use e-cigarettes in the workplace, according to The Wall Street Journal. Employers want to encourage workers to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but are unsure about the benefits of letting employees use e-cigarettes, or “vape,” in the office. Major corporations are taking a variety of approaches to e-cigarettes. Exxon Mobil allows vaping in smoking areas. CVS Caremark does not allow employees to use regular […]

Heavy Drinking Speeds Decline in Men’s Memory and Thinking Skills: Study

January 20, 2014 0

Men who drink heavily in middle age experience a faster, steeper decrease in memory and thinking skills 10 years later, compared with men who drink less or don’t drink, a new study concludes. Men who consumed at least 2.5 drinks a day performed worse on memory tests almost six years faster than other men, USA Today reports. Their thinking skills declined almost two years faster than men who didn’t drink or who drank less. The […]

2/3 of U.S. Residents Who First Started Using Drugs in 2013 Began with Marijuana.

January 8, 2014 0

Two-Thirds of U.S. Residents Who First Started Using Drugs in the Past Year Began with Marijuana; 26% Started with Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs, Primarily Pain Relievers An estimated 2.9 million persons ages 12 or older used an illicit drug other than alcohol or a prescription drug non-medically for the first time in the past year, according to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Two-thirds (66%) of these new users […]

Protect Yourself and Your Friends from Prescription Drug Abuse

January 2, 2014 0

Prescription Drugs should only be taken when prescribed for legitimate health issues, and never taken recreationally. Following are ways you can keep yourself and your friends safe: Don’t assume that prescription drugs aren’t as dangerous as illegal drugs – they are! Understand that one prescription pill or the wrong mixture of medications (even over-the counter) can be deadly, especially when combined with alcohol. Don’t be tempted to take a friend’s Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) medicine […]