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The Daily Buzz: July 28, 2014

The New York Times calls for marijuana legalization; drug courts criticized for their rigid stance on pot; and a Keith Urban concert descends into drunken chaos.

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Repeal Prohibition, Again: New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization
The newspaper made a bold statement this weekend, emphatically calling for  the end of marijuana prohibition in the first of a series of editorials: ”The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana. We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.”

Drug Courts Face Controversy Over Pot Use
Drug courts are programs that allow drug offenders to choose court-supervised treatment over prison time. The programs can be beneficial, but even many supporters are now criticizing them for taking too harsh a stance on marijuana use and impinging on people’s privacy.

New Hampshire Law May Deter DC Visitors From Buying Booze
You can “Live Free” in New Hampshire. Or, die. But you might not be free to cash in on the state’s widely coveted tax-free booze if you’re from Washington, DC, thanks to an oversight in the state’s liquor law that excludes US territories. But retailers have been told to overlook the law and sell to DC residents anyways. Government types will be relieved.

More People Using E-Cigs to Disguise Their Weed
What started as a smoking-cessation device has grown into something bigger.  APV’s, or advanced personal vaporizers, formerly known as “e-cigarettes,” are all-the-rage. Maybe their popularity has something to do with the fact that they are reportedly being used to smoke weed under-cover in public.

Booze-Fueled Chaos Breaks Out at Keith Urban Concert
Country singer Keith Urban is years sober. Many of his fans, apparently, are not. This weekend, 50 people were arrested and 46 were treated for “alcohol-related issues” at his Boston area concert. What is it about country music and hitting the bottle?