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The Daily Buzz: April 22, 2014

Tennessee could soon lock up addicted mothers; Colombia's President takes a stand against the War on Drugs; and powdered alcohol AKA "Palcohol" may not be legal soon after all.

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They promised us Palcohol. Then they took it away. Photo via

“Yeah, powdered booze? Never mind. Bad idea.”  Photo via

Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail
Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon face jail time in Tennessee, if the Governor signs a proposed new bill.

Colombian President Santos Seeks New Path on Drug War
President Juan Manuel Santos said the world must come up with alternatives to the failing global drug war that has killed thousands of Colombians (and countless others).

Regulator Reverses Approval of Powdered Alcohol aka “Palcohol”
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved powdered vodka, rum, and other cocktails. Turns out this was “in error,” the agency said today. Better luck next time, Palcohol!

LA Teen Killed After Drunk Driver Crashes Into Her Bedroom
A 20-year-old man drove in to a Palmdale apartment and killed 16-year-old Giselle Mendoza on Sunday, while she slept. He’s being held on charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Marijuana Business Owners Attempt to “Rebrand” Pot
Some marijuana vendors are trying to take their product in to the mainstream by rehabbing its public image. One marijuana vendor in Boulder, Colorado—The Farm—is aiming to be The Whole Foods of pot. “Remember when weed was cool?” young people might soon be asking.

Smoking Grandma Would Rather Move Than Quit
Beulah Toombs, 89, of Ohio, has smoked since the Roosevelt administration. Surprisingly it’s not her health—but a smoking ban in her building—that is now causing her problems. She’s decided to move apartments rather than put down her beloved smokes, amen.