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The Daily Buzz: July 8, 2014

New York legalizes (non smokeable) medical marijuana; teens, especially rich ones, are smoking a ton of hookah; and Paris cracks down on workplace wine drinking and public smoking.

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New York Becomes 23rd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
The state’s medical marijuana program, signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo, will be one of the country’s most restrictive—allowing only non smokeable weed for patients with diseases including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy. So vape and munch away, sick New Yorkers (18 months from now)!

Japan Moves to Regulate “Loophole” (Synthetic) Drugs
After a series of auto-accidents linked to use of “loophole drugs,” Japan is planning to regulate the synthetic substances. Dubbed ”designer” or “synthetic” drugs (e.g. “bath salts”) in the US, loophole drugs mimic the effects of weed and illegal narcotics, but are chemically manufactured to avoid anti-drug laws.

Teens Are Smoking a Ton of Hookah (Especially Rich Ones)
One in five high school seniors has tried smoking from a Middle-Eastern hookah pipe, according to a new study. And kids from wealthy backgrounds are more likely to partake. “Hookahs can be as risky as cigarettes,” say the researchers. But how can something flavored like sour apple be dangerous?

Paris “Experiments” With Banning Smoking in Public Parks
Mais, non! In a city where 33% of residents smoke, the mayor is cracking down on smoking-related health issues by “experimenting” with a smoking ban in one of the city’s main public parks. Just last week she implemented a ban on wine in the workplace. If you can’t drink at lunch and smoke in a park, can you even call it “Paris” anymore?

Video: Joel McHale and Tony Hale Are “Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine”
In a parody of Jerry Seinfeld’s popular web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” two comedians show what a “typical” Hollywood hangout is really like.