Daily Archives: October 26, 2010

Legalization, Medical Marijuana, and Alcohol Taxes Go Before State Voters Nov. 2

A marijuana-legalization question on the California ballot has better than a puncher’s chance of passage on Nov. 2, and voters will Marijuanago to the polls in Arizona and South Dakota to decide whether to allow medical use of the drug. The alcohol industry, meanwhile, is trying to strangle new impact and mitigation fees in California and roll back an alcohol tax passed in Massachusetts just last year.

Obesity in America: Are Factory Farms, Big Pharma and Big Food to Blame?

One third of our economy thrives on making people sick and fat. Big Farming grows 500 more calories per person per day than 25 years ago because they get paid to grow extra food even when it is not needed. The extra corn (sugar) and soy (fat) are turned into industrial processed food and sugar-sweetened beverages — combinations of fat, sugar and salt that are proven to be addictive. These subsidized ($288 billion) cheap, low-quality foods are heavily marketed ($30 billion) and consumed by our ever-widening population with an obesity rate approaching three out of four Americans. The more they eat, the fatter they become. The fatter they become the more they develop heart disease, diabetes, cancer and a myriad of other chronic ailments.

Alberta government to launch suit against tobacco companies

EDMONTON – A pending provincial government lawsuit against the tobacco industry could turn out to be one of the biggest legal Alberta governmentactions in Alberta’s history, potentially worth up to $10 billion in recovered health care costs, a leading anti-smoking advocate says.