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Don’t Let California’s Diversity Slip Through the In-Home Supportive Service Safety Net
By Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez
When it comes to delivering care to the aging population of a diverse state like California, a one-size fits all approach isn’t the best for our seniors or the most cost-effective for state taxpayers.
California’s successful In-Home Supportive Services program meets the needs of fragile seniors and people with disabilities throughout our state – particularly areas of great linguistic and ethnic diversity like the Mid-City South Bay communities found in the 80th Assembly District that I represent – by delivering client-driven care that respects each person’s language and cultural needs.
But if two proposals contained in the May Revision of the state budget are enacted, the IHSS program will be eroded and health of seniors like 86-year old Nam Nguyen of City Heights will be compromised.
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Documents reveal they’ve viewed marijuana as both a rival and potential product.
By Stanton Glantz / Alternet
It turns out that the history of Big Tobacco companies and marijuana is more intertwined than was previously known, according to a new study in The Milbank Quarterly. Based on previously secret tobacco industry documents, the study reveals that, since at least the 1970s, tobacco companies have been interested in marijuana as both a rival and potential product. As a result of litigation against the tobacco industry, more than 80 million pages of internal company documents became available at the University of California San Francisco’s Legacy Tobacco Documents Library. This study, led by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, is the first to systematically review these documents specifically about marijuana.
The authors write that “despite fervent denials, three multinational tobacco companies”—Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, and RJ Reynolds—have all “considered manufacturing cigarettes containing cannabis. “People have suspected for a long time that Big Tobacco was interested in marijuana,” says Glantz. “The documents we review show that they have been considering legalized marijuana as both a competitor and an opportunity.”
One of the goals of the study, say the authors, is to make policymakers and public health advocates aware that tobacco companies are prepared to enter the marijuana market with the intention of increasing its widespread use. As states like Colorado and Washington legalize the recreational use of marijuana (and many others are considering it), the authors make a compelling case for policymakers to adopt regulatory frameworks similar to existing tobacco laws in order to prevent youth initiation and tame market domination by companies seeking to maximize profits with the sales of another addictive substance.