San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote Tuesday on Banning the Retail Sale of Cigarettes and Marijuana

This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of cigarettes and marijuana products in the city until the FDA conducts a safety review of these products.The impetus for the proposed ordinance was new data showing that a large proportion of San Francisco youths are still smoking and that the use of marijuana may even be increasing, especially with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use. The city attorney explained that: " The epidemic is real. It needed attention. We felt it was necessary to step in and make sure we were protecting young people on our streets. " He criticized the FDA for not properly vetting cigarettes and marijuana and failing to test the safety of these products, saying that the federal government " abdicated " its responsibility and therefore, the city " had to step in. "The supervisor who introduced the ordinance toldThe Rest of the Story that: " there are strong indications that marijuana actually alters receptors in the brain, making youth more susceptible to addiction. " He called marijuana a " gateway " to harder drugs, citingevidence that youth who use marijuana are more likely to initiate the use of other drugs, including cigarettes, inhalants, stimulants, and even opiates. He cited a recentstatement from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that " underscore[s] the need for effective prevention to reduce adolescent use of ... tobacco and marijuana in ord...
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