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The Daily Buzz: June 4, 2014


Overdoses and arrests surge on "idyllic" Martha's Vineyard; Nashville International Airport now lets fliers wander around terminals with booze; and Robert Downey Jr. is producing a new rehab drama for Showtime.

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The Cannabist Is Becoming The Zagat of Pot
The Denver Post’s culture-of-cannabis website—The Cannabist—reviews every variety of pot as well as toking accouterments, from bongs and pipes and vapor pens to edibles and activities you can enjoy while high. The site was started when pot became legal last year, and so far, “the traffic has been unreal,” says founder and marijuana editor Ricardo Baca.

Overdoses and Arrests Surge On “Idyllic” Martha’s Vineyard
Since August, there have been six fatal opiate overdoses on the island, which is home to only 16,000 people. The frequency of arrests for heroin and other opiates has also skyrocketed. The island where many rich people go to “summer” is the perfect example of heroin’s newest demo—white and affluent—finally getting people to pay attention to a growing problem.

Fliers in Nashville Airport Can Now Roam Around With Booze
Nashville International Airport has adopted an uncommon policy of allowing travelers to carry alcoholic drinks throughout the secure area of the airport, instead of restricting them to designated bar/restaurant areas. So basically, the Nashville International Airport is now a very large bar, full of metal detectors and a Cinn-a-Bun. Fun!

“The Cocaine King” Who Inspired Blow Is Out Of Prison
George Jung, aka the “cocaine cowboy” played by Johnny Depp in the movie Blow, has been released from prison after 20 years. Jung, now 71, was said to be responsible for 89% of cocaine smuggled into the US in the ’70s and ’80s.

Robert Downey Jr. to Produce Rehab Drama for Showtime
The new series will follow a rehab community in Venice Beach in 1983. Downey brings his own life experience to the project, having sought treatment for alcoholism and cocaine addiction back in 2003. “I’m allergic to alcohol and narcotics–I break out in handcuffs,” the actor once famously said.