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The Daily Buzz: April 3, 2014

Fellowship might trump dogma in the workings of 12-step programs; a student's suicide is linked to a marijuana-laced cookie; and TV chef Nigella Lawson was barred from entering the US after admitting to cocaine use.

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Dogma vs. Fellowship: Why Does AA Work?
Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, who co-founded AA, were able to stay sober primarily because of their friendship, this article claims. The God thing was basically an afterthought. So people connecting and helping each other—not belief in God or a “higher power”—might be at the heart of the AA model.

Student Commits Suicide in Denver After Eating a Pot Cookie
The 19-year-old from Wyoming, in Denver for Spring Break, reportedly showed “hostile” behavior after eating the cookie. The autopsy lists marijuana intoxication as a “significant contributing factor” in his death.

US Sentencing Commission to Vote on “Drugs Minus Two” Amendment
The amendment would lower the drug sentencing guidelines by two levels. If it passes (which seems likely), the amendment will head to Congress in May.

Nigella Lawson Barred From US-Bound Flight Because of Her Cocaine History
The TV chef was stopped from boarding a British Airways flight from London to LA this weekend. She recently admitted in court to using cocaine twice, and smoking marijuana, but she has not been convicted of any drug offenses.

So You’ve Decided to Write a Kurt Cobain Memorial Essay
The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death is around the corner (this Saturday). If you are penning an emotion-laden memorial essay about what the Nirvana frontman meant to you (and you obviously are, you just-on-the-cusp-of-millenials), here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.