The Daily Buzz: November 7, 2014
Majority of Americans still want pot legal; guards "easily" smuggle drugs and alcohol into NYC's Riker's Island prison; and Mötley Crüe singer and Ex-NBA star help raise $100K for New Jersey rehab.
Majority of Americans Still Want Legal Pot
American support for legalization has dropped from last year’s 58%. But a slim majority, at 51%, still support it, according to a new Gallup poll. At least we’ve come a long way since 1969, when only 12% of the population were in favor and many still believed marijuana use would lead to an addiction to hard drugs, violent crimes and a descent into madness.
Guards “Easily” Smuggle Alcohol and Drugs into NYC’s Rikers Island Prisons
A city investigation found guards at Riker’s Island are sidestepping security measures, allowing them to smuggle contraband items—like vodka, heroin, marijuana and razor blades—into prisons in exchange for hundreds of dollars in “courier” fees from inmates. One person, dressed as a prison guard, reportedly brought $22,000 worth of heroin and prescription opiates inside with little trouble. Looks like security is about to get a lot tighter from now on.
Study: Teens Who Live Near Tobacco Shops More Likely To Smoke
Apparently lack of immediate access to cigarettes deters many young people from taking up the habit. A new study from Scotland finds that teens who live in neighborhoods with several tobacco shops are almost 50% more likely to start smoking than those who don’t. Makes sense.
FBI Agent in Evidence-Tampering Case Reportedly Took Heroin Being Held for Trial
Here’s how not to win a drug case: get high off the evidence. An FBI agent accused of tampering with drug and gun evidence as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged drug gang has now been accused of taking heroin earmarked for trial and using it himself. The claims are prompting the court to dismiss cases against various convicted DC-area drug dealers.
Mötley Crüe Singer and Ex-NBA Star Raise $100K for New Jersey Rehab
Vince Neil, frontrunner of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, and former NBA star Chris Herren used their own experiences to help raise a ton of cash for New Jersey treatment center Turning Point. Herren, author of Basketball Junkie, spoke at a fundraising gala about how he overcame heroin addiction, and Neil booked musical artists and donated free backstage passes to a show, which were auctioned off. Most of Mötley Crüe’s members have dealt with addiction and are now sober.