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The Daily Buzz: August 8, 2014

The Chinese are drinking a lot more; a teen could face life in prison for making and selling pot brownies; and a teacher showed up drunk to her first day of school.

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Booze is catching on big-time in China. Photo via

Booze is catching on big-time in China. Photo via

The Chinese Are Drinking a Lot More Booze
China is not known for its drinking, and an estimated half of its population are non-drinkers. But per capita consumption of alcohol has more than doubled from 1978 to 2010, as incomes rise. And nearly 70% of the nation’s booze intake is hard liquor.

Teen Facing Life in Prison for Pot Brownies Awaits Sentencing
If you thought you were having a rough summer: A 19-year-old Texas teen could face life in prison for making brownies with hash oil and selling them at school. His case will be presented to a grand jury in two weeks, and the outcome will depend on test results revealing just how much hash oil was actually in the brownies.

What the Times Did on Marijuana Was Big!
Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance and self-proclaimed New York Times junkie , writes that he has never been more surprised or impressed by the often-conservative daily as when it splashed its support of marijuana legalization across the front page of the Sunday Review section. He thinks these op-eds could tip the balance towards national marijuana legalization.

Man Sentenced to Ten Years for  Selling Fake Wine to Millionaires
Rudy Kurniawan, who was convicted last year of selling counterfeit wines to wealthy people like Bill Koch, was sentenced to a decade in prison. In 2006, he sold $35 million worth of “rare” wines.

Oklahoma Teacher Allegedly Shows-Up Drunk the First Day of School
Lorie Ann Hill, 49, was arrested Monday for arriving to her first day of work at Wagoner High School drunk, pantless, and shoeless, according to the local police department. Yes: pantless. Hill admitted to police that she was drinking orange juice and vodka on her way to work.