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Mixed signals on age-restricted projects: marijuana is okay, but menthol is not?

Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the support of many in the legislature, wants to legalize adult-use marijuana and sports wagering, in his words “rather than surrender the market to other states or the black market.” But various flavored tobacco ban proposals making their way through the legislature would send menthol cigarettes, mint smokeless and vape into those same black markets. What gives?

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The social determinants of health: Too long neglected as drivers of health outcomes

A watershed change in healthcare documentation occurred on January 1, 2021. For the first time in 24 years, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) created the opportunity to recognize and get paid for documenting the presence of health disparities into the national healthcare billing system. Specifically, the acknowledgement of “diagnosis or treatment significantly limited by social determinants of health” is now official!

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Deregulation Jenga: What selling wine at grocery stores could mean for a thriving sector of the Connecticut economy

The real effect of HB 6101 will be to reallocate who gets to make a living selling wine in Connecticut, given that net alcoholic beverage sales are relatively flat.    Sections 55 and 56 of this bill tilts the table of an already weak small business economy even further toward big box business, as the inevitable inertia of one-stop shopping peels away enough dedicated customers and impulse purchasers to do great harm to current stakeholders (in which I include the buying public).