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The Daily Buzz: August 15, 2014


New Hampshire declares state of emergency after 44 synthetic "marijuana" overdoses; a Mexican mayor is arrested for working for the Knights Templar cartel; and Robin Williams' wife says he was sober up until his death.

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New Hampshire Declares State of Emergency After Synthetic Pot Overdoses
Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency after 44 people in the Manchester area overdosed on a synthetic marijuana product called “Smacked” (fortunately none of the ODs were fatal). Apparently the product was being sold in various convenience stores and was bubblegum-flavored to appeal to kids.

Another Mexican Mayor Detained for Links to Knights Templar Cartel
Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana, a mayor in the violence-ravaged state of Michoacan, has been detained for allegedly working for the Knights Templar Cartel. She is the fifth elected official detained in the state this year on these grounds, which shows just how much control the cartel had over the region.

Stricter State Liquor Laws May Curb Binge Drinking
According to a study, people living in states with stricter alcohol policies are significantly less likely to binge drink on the reg. About 80,000 people in the US die each year from alcohol-related causes, with more than half of these deaths due to binge drinking, which is 4+ drinks for women and 5+ for men in a single drinking session.

Robin Williams / Image by Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia

Robin Williams / Image by Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia

DC Green Light’s Alcohol Delivery Apps
Residents of the District can now get booze delivered straight to their door via an app on their smartphones, as long as these companies comply with regulations issued this week. Apps like Drizly and Klink have already passed muster. Cheers, housebound DC drinkers!

Robin Williams’ Sobriety Was “Intact” Before His Death
Despite rumors that he had recently relapsed, the late actor‘s wife says he was sober until his death by suicide on Monday. She also said that he was privately battling Parkinson’s disease, and echoed many others with her message: “It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”