Any proposals to rein in prescription drug costs will likely come from states, rather than national lawmakers, experts say.
The number of states with laws permitting marijuana use underscores a national cultural shift toward wider acceptance of the drug, despite the federal ban and limited evidence on the public health impacts of legalization.
Californians also approve the continuation of a fee paid by hospitals to generate more money for Medi-Cal.
Despite heavy opposition from the pharmaceutical industry and skepticism from policy experts, many voters see Proposition 61 as a way to protest the nation’s mounting drug prices.
Support for Proposition 61 has declined in recent weeks in the wake of fierce campaigning by pharma-backed opponents.
Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation says he is promoting condoms where others have forgotten them.
When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California’s proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.
As more states consider legalizing recreational marijuana, families consider what messages to present to young people about using pot. Should it be avoidance, moderation or acceptance? Differing views from Arizona and Oregon.
Recreational marijuana is on the ballot in five states in November. What do we know about pot’s effects on the brain?
The initiative would prohibit California state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than what the Department of Veterans Affairs pays. Both sides are deploying veterans’ sympathetic and trusted image to win over voters.