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The Daily Buzz: June 11, 2014


Attorney General endorses reduced sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders currently in prison; low-level marijuana arrests actually rise under New York's De Blasio; and Colts owner Jim Irsay has a lot to say about alcohol problems, hypothetically speaking.

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Eric Holder Endorses Shorter Sentences for Drug Offenders Currently in Prison
Back in April, the Commission approved an amendment to reduce federal drug sentences for people convicted of nonviolent drug trafficking crimes, starting November 1, 2014. Now Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Justice Department also wants the deal to apply retroactively for nonviolent drug offenders who are currently serving time. This is awesome. 

More Arrested for Marijuana Under De Blasio Than Bloomberg or Giuliani
But before we celebrate, the US still has major drug policy problems. In New York City, where many hoped liberal Mayor De Blasio would change things, there have been 80 arrests a day for low-level marijuana possession—two more than last year under Bloomberg. Unsurprisingly, 86% of those arrested were blacks and Latinos and one-third were teenagers.

Colleges Crack Down on Alcohol and Drugs as Serious Crime Drops
US colleges have become more aggressive about punishing students’ drinking and drug use, even as the rate of “serious crime” on campuses has sharply decreased, according to a new report. If you can’t drink and drug at college, when can you?

Country Singer Joshua Scott Jones Releases His First Sober, Solo Album
The former member of country duo Steel Magnolia talks about hitting bottom in 2011, just as his career was taking off. He ended up leaving tour for rehab. Now sober, he’s releasing his first solo album, The Healing, because, what better way to cope with early recovery than making country music?

Colts’ Jim Irsay Talks About Alcoholism (Other People’s)
In his first interview since his DUI arrest in March, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talked extensively about the “disease” of alcoholism and addiction, but without any self-acknowledgement. “People shy away from seeking help because it’s viewed as being somewhat morally off the path, that they’ve lost their way,” he says.

Brooklyn Marijuana Farm Goes Up in Flames
A Brooklyn pot farmer accidentally set fire to his grow house, causing a kerfuffle in the neighborhood. “I smoke pot all the time—and I still had no idea there was a pot farm in the basement,” says a neighbor, who seems confused about how pot works.