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The Daily Buzz: August 4, 2014


The New York Times runs its first marijuana ad; another drug-related death occurs at an electronic music festival; and drunk partiers violate animal rights at London Zoo.

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High in the Rockies, a Chill Marijuana Debate
Like it or not, the New York Times is making history with its six-part editorial endorsement for legalization. Today’s final piece explores what legalization actually looks like by visiting two towns in Colorado—one touristy town that has a more open attitude towards the new legislation, and one more blue-collar town with a more old-school attitude, where legal sales have yet to be approved.

Son of Prominent Mexican Politician Linked to Drug Cartels
Authorities in Mexico are investigating after a video surfaced showing a meeting between a major drug lord and the son of the former Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) governor of western Michoacan state. The case reportedly “threatens” the anti-crime reputation of the ruling PRI government under President Peña Nieto, who has promised to turn things around for Mexico.

Another Electronic Music Festival, Another Fatal Drug Overdose
A “rash of drug overdoses” at an electronic music concert in Maryland led to the death of a 20-year-old and sent 20 other concert-goers to the ER this weekend. It’s the second drug-related death at an American music festival this summer. The main danger is that festival-goers who take “party drugs” like ecstasy often forget to stay hydrated.

New York Times Runs First-Ever Marijuana Ad
The Times made yet more pot history this weekend when it ran an ad for Leafly, an online resource that allows users to rate and review different strains of weed and dispensaries (like a Yelp for pot). The ad (right) features a woman jogging, and the tagline “Just Say Know.”

Boozy Parties Cause Problems at London Zoo
It may sound like an electronic music party but it’s not: “Zoo Lates” are late night, boozy events at London Zoo (not a nightclub, but an actual zoo, with animals). And things have reportedly gotten out of hand, with drunk people (of course) littering, pouring beer on animals, and trying to climb into the pens. Over 24,000 people have signed an online petition to stop the events, citing the “fear and distress” caused to the zoo critters.