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The Daily Buzz: August 18, 2014


Massachusetts colleges ban medical marijuana for fear of federal reprisals; UK think tank urges "treatment tax" on booze to fund rehab for the poor; and "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas is back in treatment.

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Massachusetts Local Colleges Ban All Pot, Even Medical
Even though medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, many of the state’s local colleges have banned it from campus entirely, amidst fears they could lose federal funding since federal law still classifies all weed as illegal. Students and legalization advocates say that the colleges aren’t taking enough of a stand and are being “unrealistic” in fearing loss of funds.

Should Alcohol Taxes Pay for Abstinence-Based Rehab?
A new tax on alcohol should fund abstinence-based treatment centers for people who can’t afford it, according to England’s Center for Social Justice. ”The chance to get clean in this country is the preserve of the wealthy,” says the center’s director. “For the poor, for the people relying on a public system, there’s very little choice.” The proposed “treatment tax” could raise about $260 million a year by slightly increasing the cost of booze.

New Marijuana Product Called “Wax” Looks Like Lip Balm, Packs a Big Kick 
One dose of this stuff “packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed,” warns Fox News. Which is just what they would say. “Abuse of Wax” is increasing throughout the US, warned DEA administrator Michele Leonhart in April. Which is just what she would say.

20/20 Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Back in Rehab
The ABC anchor, who spoke openly about her alcoholism after getting sober last fall, says she is back in treatment and ”committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease.” Her network released a statement saying that they support her and wish her well through her recovery. Progress!

Ryan Adams Says “Weed Helps A Lot”
The singer-songwriter’s “days of experimenting with drugs and boozing” are “so done,” he tells the Times. Though he’s no longer drinking and shooting speedballs, he says he uses weed to treat his Ménière’s disease. And though not everyone in the recovery community would agree he’s “sober,” he seems healthier and happier than in his speedball days.