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The Daily Buzz: July 31, 2014

Why science proves marijuana should be legal; England cracks down on binge-drinking with alcohol-monitoring bracelets; and an Australian flight attendant reminds passengers to flush their illicit drugs before landing.

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What Science Says About Marijuana
In Part Four of its much-debated editorial series in favor of legalization, The New York Times calls science to the stand: “The clear consensus of science is that marijuana is far less harmful to human health than most other banned drugs and is less dangerous than the highly addictive but perfectly legal substances known as alcohol and tobacco.” While conceding that it’s not harmless, they point out that pot cannot cause a fatal overdose, has no substantial link to cancer, and that “its addictive properties, while present, are low.”

Colorado’s Black Market for Pot Is Still Flourishing
Meanwhile, in Colorado, where it is legal, pot is still being bought and sold illegally. In fact, some law enforcement officials say the underground market may be stronger than ever, bolstered by the pot tourism industry and rising local demand.

Most Americans Favor Banning (Cigarette) Smoking in Public
As more of the country gets on board with pot, fewer people are supporting the other kind of smoking. A majority of Americans—56%—back banning cigarette smoking in public places, according to a Gallup poll. Most of the country has opposed public smoking since 2008, when the tides shifted. Back in 2003, only 31% were in favor of a ban.

Britain Cracks Down on Binge Drinking With Alcohol-Monitoring Bracelets
Alcohol-monitoring bracelets (or “anklets”) for alcohol-related offenders is a tactic long used in the US court system (Lindsay Lohan famously had to wear one). Now the UK is testing it out. From today, Londoners who have been banned by the courts from drinking after being charged for repeat alcohol-fueled crimes will be fitted with digital “booze bracelets,” which will be checked weekly.

Aussie Flight Attendant Reminds Passengers to Flush Drugs Before Landing
During an in-flight announcement, a flight attendant on Australian airline Jetstar reminded passengers to flush their drugs and other contraband down the aircraft toilet before landing in Sydney where, she said, “sniffer dogs and quarantine officers” would be waiting. No word on how many lives she saved.