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A new proposal from San Jose would hold parents responsibility for minors drinking at home. The idea, advocated by councilwoman Nancy Pyle, was unanimously voted upon by the city council’s agenda-setting Rules and Open Government committee. What is known as the “social host ordinance” will be reconsidered for further discussion next month. A similar law was passed by the county in 2009 where parents can face fines of up to $1,000. So far, 9 other cities have passed similar laws; Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Los Altos, Los Gatos and Milpitas.

Full San Jose Mercury article


Despite the voter rejection of Prop 19, Oakland is still going ahead with plans to take the sale of marijuana out of the black market. On Tuesday, the city council ratified what will be the first of its kind, large-scale marijuana farms under government regulations. Despite city rulings, the federal government will still consider medical-marijuana pot farming a crime.

Full San Francisco Gate article here


National News

Washington State becomes the second, after Michigan last week, to ban alcoholic energy drink sales. The combination of caffeine and alcohol is considered a “toxic and dangerous brew” by a New York Senator, Charles E. Schumer. Although an F.D.A. investigation into the beverages began a year ago, no report or results have been released. The ban is set to go into effect Nov 18th in Washington and Dec 4th for Michigan.

Full New York Times article


An F.D.A. proposal for 36 warning labels of graphic images for cigarette containers is an attempt to take the glamour out of smoking.

36 warning labels for cigarette packages were proposed on Wednesday by the F.D.A. The labels are required under a law that passed last year that gave the F.D.A the power to regulate tobacco products. Three of the proposed images can be seen below.

Read the full New York Times article here


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