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The Daily Buzz: November 26, 2014


India moves towards banning loose cigarette sales; Colorado pot shops offer steep Black Friday discounts; and Angelina Jolie catches major flack for smoking.

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“Green Friday”: Colorado Pot Shops Offer Black Friday Discounts
This year, many marijuana dispensaries in Colorado will be participating in Black Friday, offering steep discounts on their products for three days starting in order to encourage holiday shopping. One Denver shop will be offering joints for $1 each and 1/8th-ounce bags for $10. But if buyers end up brawling and trampling each other to be first in line for these deals, they’re missing the point.

12% of Black Friday Shoppers Will Be Drunk
Though we can hope for calmer shoppers at Colorado pot shops, Black Friday is traditionally a time of bargain-induced desperation and anarchy. This may be partly due to the fact that a significant portion of these shoppers hit the stores shortly after hitting the bottle—12% of them, according to a survey by RetailMeNot. To be absolutely safe, stay home until January 2.

India Moves Toward Ban on Selling Loose Cigarettes
In a move to discourage smoking in India, where about a million people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, the country is considering a ban on the sales of loose cigarettes. More than 70% of the cigarettes sold in India are loose.

15 Booze-Free Cocktails for Your Thanksgiving Feast
No need to suffer Turkey and stuffing-induced dry mouth tomorrow just because you abstain from alcohol. Here are 15 delicious mocktails to whet your whistle on Thanksgiving without breaking your sobriety. Raise a glass of “Mulled Cider Shrub” and be grateful you won’t end up in a drunken argument with your uncle about Obama this year.

Media Shames Angelina Jolie for Smoking a Cigarette
Angelina Jolie, who recently smoked a cigarette on a private hotel balcony, is an actress and a grown-ass woman. And, as the likes of USA Today point out: “[a] mom of six children who underwent a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which sharply increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.” Cigarette smoking has been linked to lung disease, cancer and unsought judgment.