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The Daily Buzz: December 8, 2014

Federal government bans smoking in prison; meth use skyrockets in Iran; and Ghostface Killa says he writes better rap since giving up weed.

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Federal Government Bans Smoking in Most US Prisons
Inmates at most federal prisons will soon face penalties if caught with cigarettes, cigars or other tobacco products, under new regulations from the Bureau of Prisons. The bureau has been cracking down on smoking as part of an effort to promote a “healthy and clean environment” for inmates and guards.

Methamphetamine Use Skyrockets in Iran
Seizures of crystal methamphetamine–or “shishe”—rose 128% between 2008 and 2012 in Iran, according to figures compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Most of the country’s meth addicts are young, urban and middle class, say officials. And addiction is spreading mainly due to a lack of information and drug education.

Heavy Toll, Light Penalties for Police Who Drive Drunk
In Massachusetts, at least 30 police officers have been charged with off-duty drunken driving in the past three years, the Boston Globe has found. The crashes resulted in three deaths and at least six injuries, but the majority of the drivers were able to keep their jobs in law enforcement.

Starbucks: Soon Selling Booze
Good news for those who love their booze in a Venti cup: Starbucks is about to add beer and wine to the menus at about 3,000 of its 11,900 cafes across the US. These new “evening menus,” which will also include expanded food options, are expected to rake in an extra billion dollars for the hugely popular chain.

Ghostface Killa Talks About Giving Up Weed
The former Wu-Tang member and “your rapper’s favorite rapper” has been talking about re-learning to write music sober after he quit weed about a decade ago. Creatively, “the weed would open up closed doors,” he says. But the clarity of sobriety has ultimately been an asset: “I started saying I don’t need it anymore. When you have a sober mind, you can put things where they need to be.”