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The Daily Buzz: November 21, 2014

Washington State generates more marijuana tax revenue than expected; feds lure three men into fake cocaine sting operation; and Tom Hanks' son is out of rehab.

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Washington State Is Generating More Marijuana Tax Revenue Than Expected
Back in the summer, marijuana retail shops opened their doors for the first time in Washington State. The 70 stores have already generated $40 million in total revenue and $10 million in tax revenue, reports the state Liquor Control Board. Hopefully, some of this will be put to good use, as in Colorado.

Three Men Lured Into Sting Operation Face Severe Sentences
Three men from Los Angeles were lured by an undercover federal agent into an abandoned warehouse where they believed $500,000 worth of cocaine would be waiting for them to steal. They were then arrested for conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of fake cocaine. All three could face a minimum of 10 years in prison. High fives among the feds, no doubt: Why solve real crimes when you can provoke fake ones?

Most Heavy Drinkers Are Not Alcoholics
Good news for boozers! A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), finds that nine out of 10 heavy drinkers are not dependent on alcohol. They’re just drunk.

What Is Butane Hash Oil and Why Does It Matter?
A piece on Talking Drugs investigates the good, the bad and the ugly of butane hash oil—a potent form of marijuana with THC levels reaching as high as 80%. Could the purification of cannabis combine with commercialization and the explosion of vaping devices create a perfect storm of potential harms?

Tom Hank’s Son Is Out of Rehab, and He Doesn’t Care What You Think
Chester Hanks, aka rapper Chet Haze, 24, has just left rehab for a cocaine addiction he says started when he was 16. After years of ridicule for his attempts at rap stardom, he now says, “with 50 days of sobriety under my belt, I can honestly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” Fingers crossed he’s grown out of his self-proclaimed “white boy rapper” stage along with the coke habit.