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The Daily Buzz: July 29, 2014

US accuses Venezuelan officials of ties to Colombian drug traffickers; a federal bill could legalize some strains of marijuana for medical purposes; and Demi Lovato talks candidly about her addiction and recovery in hopes of helping young people.

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Venezuelan Officers Linked to Colombian Cocaine Traffickers
US officials have been reportedly focused for several years on suspected ties between Venezuelan officials and high-profile drug traffickers. This came to light last week when the head of Venezuelan military intelligence, Hugo Carvajal, was arrested in Aruba. He has been indicted by US prosecutors for having worked for a Colombian drug lord and helping ship thousands of kilos of cocaine. But he’s since been released and sent back to Venezuela, where authorities “roundly dismiss” charges against him.

Federal Marijuana Bill Could Legalize Some Strains of Weed
A bill introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives would amend the federal law that criminalizes marijuana (the “Controlled Substances Act”) to exempt plants with a low percentage of THC—for medicinal purposes. If passed, this would be the first time that federal law allows any medical marijuana use. Game changer.

Wal-Mart Refuses to Sell Booze to Parent Shopping With Underage Daughter
As part of the chain store’s new efforts to crack down on underage drinking, a Wal-mart recently caused an outcry when a cashier refused to sell alcohol to a dad because his 15-year-old daughter was in line with him. They are standing by their right to turn people down for buying alcohol unless everyone in the party has ID.

Demi Lovato rocks the hope. Photo via

Demi Lovato rocks the hope. Photo via

Demi Lovato Gives Another Incredibly Honest Interview About Her Addiction and Recovery
“My life was a shambles and, although I had a lot of success, I was also very alone and miserable,” says Lovato, on her decision to seek treatment a few years ago. Since then, the 21-year-old singer and actress has been a radical voice for recovery, continuing to talk openly about her addiction to drugs and alcohol and her struggles with bulimia and cutting. She says she has chosen to be an “open book” in hopes that her story will be “a beacon of hope for the next generation.” 

Montauk Bar Offends Locals With Sign Banning “Irish Drunks”
A sign which prohibits “Irish drunks” alongside “yapping mutts” and “screaming kids” from entering Montauk’s Dock Bar & Grill has, understandably, caused a lot of outrage in the popular resort town—home to many Irish Americans. They have since put a piece of paper over “Irish” so that the sign now reads “No Sensitive Drunks” allowed.