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The Daily Buzz: January 22, 2015


Drone loaded with meth crashes in Mexican border town; smoking could cost you $1 to $2 million in your lifetime; and how the drug war targeted Billie Holiday and other black jazz musicians in the '30s.

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Meth-filled Drone Crashes in Mexican Border Town
A drone loaded with methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot in the town of San Ysidro, just south of the border with California, this week. According to local police, this is not the first time drugs have been delivered via drone (it won’t be the last, either).

Smoking Can Cost You $1 Million to $2 Million in a Lifetime
Looking for incentive to quit? According to a new state-by-state analysis from WalletHub, the total cost of a lifelong pack-a-day smoking habit could range from $1,097,690 in South Carolina to over $1.9 million in New York. The most expensive state for smoking is Alaska, where you’ll probably accrue over $2 million in lifelong costs. Tip for smokers: Quit, get rich!

Jamaica Could Soon Legalize Marijuana
The Jamaican cabinet has finally approved a long-awaited bill that would decriminalize small-scale marijuana possession, and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry. “Ganja” is deeply embedded in the culture of the Caribbean island, despite being illegal for decades.

Your Coffee Habit May Protect You From Skin Cancer
Your raging coffee addiction may protect you from melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who drank more than four cups of coffee a day on average had a 20% lower risk of developing melanoma over 10 years. So all that jittery energy and time waiting in the Starbucks line might just pay off.

How Billie Holiday Was Targeted by America’s Early Drug War
The racist nature of America’s drug war dates back to its roots. In his new book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, Johann Hari chronicles how the FBI targeted black American jazz artists in the years following Prohibition. In one heartbreaking excerpt, the book tells how in 1939, Billie Holiday received a threat from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics after singing “Strange Fruit,” a lament against lynching, in an NYC nightclub.