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The Daily Buzz: October 16, 2014


New Justice nominee supports marijuana legalization; France plans to crack down on "le binge drinking"; and Ozzy Osbourne "really loves being sober."

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New Justice Nominee Supports Marijuana Reform
President Obama plans to nominate Vanita Gupta of the American Civil Liberties Union to head the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, according to reports. This could be a game-changer, since Gupta has stated her support of marijuana legalization and called the efforts in Colorado and Washington “racial justice victories.”

Denver Police Warn Parents About Pot-Laced Candy During Trick-or-Treat Season
Sugar highs are socially acceptable for kids during Halloween season. But rocky mountain highs? Not so much. Police have released a video to show parents how pot-laced Sour Patch Kids and gummy candies can look a lot like regular candy. And the last thing anyone needs is a bunch of stoned miniature zombies and Disney characters wandering around.

France Plans to Crack Down on “Le Binge Drinking”
A draft health bill presented on Wednesday aims to target binge drinking by banning “bizutages”—initiation ceremonies popular at universities where students are encouraged to get le wasted (basically, French frat parties). Those who break the ban by throwing these events could face $19,000 fines and up to a year in le jail.

Macklemore Speaks to Drug Court Graduates
The Grammy award-winning rapper was the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary of a Seattle drug court, telling graduates: ”If I am sober, I have a chance. If I’m not, I don’t.” The Seattle native, who has been in recovery for years, talked about his own history of addiction and drug-related arrests, saying: ”This is life or death for me. It’s that serious.”

Ozzy Osbourne “Really Loves Being Sober”
The legendary Black Sabbath singer says his life is looking pretty different these days since he quit smoking, drinking and drugs—yes all drugs. “To be honest, I really love being sober,” he says. “People who never smoked pot in their lives think, at my age, a joint wouldn’t hurt. But it’s the other way around. I’ve been doing dope and booze since I was about 14.” But today, the 66-year-old said: “I feel better today than I’ve done in a long time.” The thought of a healthy, sober Ozzy in workout gear is proof that anyone can change.