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The Daily Buzz: October 29, 2014

The DEA raids marijuana grow operations in Denver; penalizing parents may help curb underage drinking; and a fugitive Mexican drug lord releases audio tape promising to "fight to the end."

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DEA and Police Raid Marijuana Grow Operations in Denver
In worrying news for Colorado’s marijuana businesses, the Denver police dept. and federal officials have confirmed they’re taking part in a “very large and colorful investigation” involving “illegal drug activity.” Local news reports that cars, money and pot plants have been seized at six locations. Marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, but remains illegal under federal law.

Syringes Have Become Currency in Heroin-Addicted Myanmar
A new report finds that along parts of the Myanmar-China border, IV heroin use is so common that many shopkeepers offer fresh needles as change. One local religious network claims that as many as 80% of the country’s youth are addicted.

“Social Host” Laws May Help Curb Underage Drinking
Laws which hold adults accountable for underage drinking on their property may help reduce teenage drinking, according to a new study. In states or towns that enact these laws, adults could be penalized with fines or even prison—even if they didn’t provide the alcohol themselves.

Chile Green Lights Medical Marijuana
The government has okay’d the planting and harvesting of 750 marijuana plants in Santiago, to be turned into oil to treat cancer patients. Though neighboring Uruguay has received global attention for legalizing pot and pioneering a state-sanctioned marijuana market, Chile is the first country in Latin America to legalize pot for medical purposes only.

Fugitive Drug Lord Releases Audio Recording, Says He’d Rather Die Than Get Caught
On an audio recording released online, a man claiming to be the leader of Mexico’s Knights Templar drug cartel, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, said he has no plans to surrender and will “fight to the end.” He is thought to be hiding out in the mountains of the western Michoacan state, and there is a $2.5 million reward for info leading to his arrest.