Tag Archives: State of California

High taxes could drive up marijuana prices and bolster the black market in California, analysis says

High taxes on legal marijuana in California could have the potential to turn many consumers away from the state’s cannabis shops and toward the black market, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. The credit rating agency estimates state and local taxes on marijuana, which will become legal in California on Jan. 1., could be as […]
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Hepatitis A outbreak among homeless a byproduct of California’s housing crunch

Exorbitant housing costs are driving a public health crisis, as those living on the streets are susceptible to what is typically a developing-world disease. California’s exorbitant housing costs are driving a public-health crisis here, as a ­developing-world disease is racing through homeless encampments in cities along the coast. The hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles, […]
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Early Medicaid expansion linked to reduced payday loans in California, study finds

Comparing data two years before and after early Medicaid expansion in select California counties, researchers found that early Medicaid expansion was linked to a reduced number of payday loans, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Source: Early Medicaid expansion linked to reduced payday loans in California, study finds

Shining a narrow but necessary beam of light on drug price hikes – Opinion

This is what passes for a win over PhRMA these days: After a multi-year battle, California enacted a law requiring drug manufacturers to give advance notice and a far better rationale when increasing their prices sharply. Phharmaceutical companies have so much power over their customers, it’s practically an abusive relationship. Maybe that’s why consumer advocates […]
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Self-driving cars: Not ready yet, but new rules open a path

Although consumers can’t yet get a self-driving car for themselves, the technology’s long and windy road to market is getting shorter. A public rollout is not imminent. Companies need to perfect the technology before unleashing it for regular drivers, and that means more of the highway and road testing that began several years ago. Source: […]
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Wine industry contributes $220 billion to economy, study finds

The study by the trade group WineAmerica notes that while California accounts for the bulk of the revenue in wine, there are wineries in all 50 states generating jobs and income for their communities. Wine production and marketing will contribute nearly $220 billion to the U.S. economy in 2017, a new study by a vintners’ […]
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Four ODF engines dispatched to disaster area

Local Oregon Forestry Department employees are in California wine country assisting with firefighting efforts. Four ODF fire engines with two-person crews arrived in the North Bay area Tuesday to help with wildfires that have been ravaging parts of that state. ODF’s Southwest and Klamath-Lake districts bordering California sent the crews as part of a mutual […]
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Single payer: California lawmakers to hold hearings on universal health care

The work will “help fill the void of due diligence” on this year’s popular health care proposal, says Assembly leader. After the swift rise and sudden crash of California’s ambitious single-payer legislation, complete with melodramatic fallout, universal health care is back — not on the floor, but on the table. Source: Single payer: California lawmakers […]
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California tightens rules on pesticide

California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown in California, the nation’s agricultural leader, as well as across the country. […]
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Get the lead out: Finding common ground on lead bullets

Not many topics would bring together the Oregon Zoo, Badger Run Wildlife Rehab and the Oregon Hunters Association, but on Aug. 10, representatives discussed the impact of lead bullets in the Klamath Basin, particularly on the largest population of bald eagles in the continental United States. Source: Get the lead out: Finding common ground on lead […]
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