Tag Archives: U.S. States

CBD enforcement largely left to the states

The Boston Globe on CBD, the nonintoxicating, natural molecule extracted from the cannabis plant: If you believe the hype, one little bottle of CBD contains miracles. It treats diabetes; reduces stress; alleviates chronic pain and anxiety; even cures acne. Trouble sleeping? Panicky pet? CBD to the rescue. Source: CBD enforcement largely left to the states […]
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New York Is One of Several States to Pass Aggressive Climate Laws This Year

Legislators in liberal states have taken increasingly bold steps this year in their efforts to combat climate change. Their target? Greenhouse gases released by power plants and other big polluters. State lawmakers in Maryland, New Mexico and Washington passed sweeping laws aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and New York and Oregon are on the […]
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People Are Taking Emotional Support Animals Everywhere. States Are Cracking Down.

If you cannot access directly from the New York Times, you can access the story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. A 26-year-old Starbucks barista in the suburbs of Tampa known as Vayne Myers has suffered from anxiety ever since he was a child. A […]
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The benefits and drawbacks of voting by mail

More states are expanding absentee voting. But there are risks involved. North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District recently began the process for redoing the election for its vacant House of Representatives seat. In November, Republican Mark Harris declared victory with a 905-vote lead, but in February, the state’s board of elections nullified the results from the […]
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Through Welfare, States Are Widening the Racial Divide

Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide. What do a Christian overnight camp, abstinence-only sex education, and pro-marriage advertisements all have in common? They’ve all been funded with money that used to provide cash assistance to low-income families. In the United States, the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy […]
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Oregon ranks worst in US for mental health, study says 

Oregon has the worst mental illness rate in the country, according to a recent study. A new facility opened in Portland to help people in crisis. It’s called the Unity Center, a 24-7 mental health facility for those in need of immediate help. It’s a collaboration by OHSU, Legacy, Adventist and Kaiser near the Moda […]
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How Governments Are Transitioning Their Gender Policies to Nonbinary

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female, setting up a cascade of tough policy questions. Shige Sakurai notices the stares. On a recent warm morning, the Washington, D.C., resident walked through the city’s sunlit Newseum wearing a white patterned shirt, long blue skirt and brown leather […]
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California governor says state will welcome women seeking abortions

State Library Ed. Note: Story mentions Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have written a letter to other governors. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday declared that the state will welcome women seeking abortions amid a push in conservative states to ban the procedure. Newsom signed a proclamation touting the state’s commitment […]
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Some Communities Pin Hopes For Funds On The Coming Opioid Lawsuits 

As pharmaceutical companies prepare to square off with states and local communities in courts around the U.S., a growing number of state and local officials say the industry should pay to cover the cost of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. “I think they are as complicit in this as the dealers that are dealing on […]
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Sunshine vs. secrecy: The battle never ends

It’s spring, and in America’s state capitals legislatures are winding up their business and, too often, bringing out the padlocks. All 50 states give the public the right to see government records and documents, but many legislatures are weighing changes in their open-records laws. These changes rarely end up making our government more transparent. Instead, […]
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