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The Daily Buzz: August 25, 2014

Chemists discover a way to produce opiates using genetically altered yeast; law upholds tax on marijuana even though paying it is illegal; and a blog about Facebook addiction goes viral on Facebook.

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Chemists Develop Process to Create Opiates Without Poppies
After a decade of work, researchers from Stanford University have developed a method for producing opiates without opium, using a genetically altered species of yeast. This could be a game-changer in all sorts of ways. Could it even end the drug war?

Catch-22: Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Is Illegal
A federal court has upheld a Colorado tax on marijuana—even though paying the tax could amount to self-incrimination, given that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. This creates a sticky situation for those in the business, and a lawsuit is currently underway to outlaw taxes on recreational pot.

These People Left Respectable Corporate Jobs To Work In The Pot Industry
Legal hurdles aside, the burgeoning marijuana industry continues to be a draw for many workers—even those leaving behind highly lucrative jobs in the corporate world. Take Derek Peterson, for example, a former VP at Morgan Stanley who now is CEO of a company that sells hydroponic equipment to pot growers. ”I didn’t always feel super great about the products I was putting out into the market,” he says, “but now I do.”

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American Heart Association Backs E-Cigarettes to Help Smokers Quit
The American Heart Association has released its first statement on electronic cigarettes, endorsing them as a “last resort” to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society also backed the devices this year. But both groups urged more regulation and said E-cigs should be kept away from young people.

Essay About Facebook Addiction Goes Viral on Facebook
blog post about the addictive nature of Facebook seems to have touched a lot of nerves. In the post,  social media marketer Jason Thibeault writes that he quit the site after his brain got hooked on the dopamine rush of checking his newsfeed, and he found himself “jonesing for a fix.” Tell us about it.