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The Daily Buzz: November 18, 2014


Energy drinks land thousands of kids under six in the ER; Nevada will soon welcome medical pot tourism; and "vape" becomes Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year.

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Doctors Warn Energy Drinks Could “Poison” Kids
Red Bull could give you wings and fly you straight to the ER, kids. About 5,156 people were hospitalized due to side effects of energy drinks in the US in the past three years, with about 40% of cases involving kids younger than six, according to a new study. Researchers say side effects of the sugary, caffeinated beverages included seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure.

Nevada Will Soon Open Door to Medical Marijuana Tourism
“Sin City” could soon get more sinful…or just way more chill. Tourists with a medical marijuana card from their home state will soon be permitted to buy pot while visiting Las Vegas and other Nevada cities. Though other states, like Rhode Island and Maine, have adopted this policy, Nevada is the first major destination city to do so.

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Vape for the win! Photo via Shutterstock

Ex-Cartel Figure Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison
A former top lieutenant for the Gulf drug cartel, Rafael Cardenas Vela, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for organizing major shipments of cocaine and marijuana into the US.  The 41-year-old also must pay a $1 million fine, which might seem like a handful of change to a former cocaine boss.

“Vape” Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries
Sorry, “bae.” The trendy term of endearment was beaten out by “vape,” which means to smoke out of an electronic cigarette or vaporizer. Use of the word has apparently doubled in a year, reflecting the breakneck growth of the E-cigarette industry.

Drunk Jaguars Player Tried to Use Bubble Gum as Money
Dwayne Gratz, cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was arrested by Miami police this weekend and cited for disorderly intoxication and trespassing after he tried to pay for items at a store with bubble gum. In his defense, he was super drunk.