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Thirty miles south of Seattle, the small town of Fife is facing a lawsuit over the recent marijuana legalization law. Though you can sell marijuana in the state, the town of ten thousand has decided to ban retailers from opening up in their jurisdiction. The city council cites worries that too many retailers will open and that the extra tax money generated will not be returned to the city. One retailer protested that this was in violation with state law and brought the city to court. A county judge upheld the city’s right to ban sales within city limits, but the case is expected to go to the state Supreme Court later this year.

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month, 80% of adolescent and young adult smokers ages 11-21 received no help from their health care provider for quitting smoking from 2004-2010. The data also showed that 31% of health care providers did not document the smoking status of their patients.

Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to better get to know the CASAColumbia staff. Today we’d like to introduce Azure Thompson, Associate Director of Policy Research and Analysis.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 marked the 2nd annual FED UP! Rally in Washington, DC, followed by a group march to the White House. CASAColumbia proudly sent four of our staff members to the rally to participate in this call to action to help spread the word about the opioid (narcotic painkillers and heroin) epidemic in our country. 

A recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence highlighted a huge problem with alcohol industry advertisements. While 9 out of 10 of the alcohol advertisements studied include the message “drink responsibly,” none provide information about what is defined as responsible drinking. 

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