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The Daily Buzz: October 7, 2014

Teens with poor memory may be more prone to addiction; Colorado's Governor says legalizing marijuana was "reckless," and could your coffee habit be genetic?

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Study: Poor Memory and Impulsiveness Linked to Drug Addiction in Teens
The way a teenager’s brain handles memory could be key to indicating their risk of becoming addicted to drugs, according to a study of 11-to-13-year-olds by the University of Oregon.Teens who were impulsive and more prone to distraction were found to be at higher risk of developing a problem with drugs, regardless of how young they started using.

Colorado Governor Says Voters Were “Reckless” to Legalize Marijuana
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has thrown shade at 55% of his state’s voters, calling them “reckless” for voting to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012, considering the “consequences.” The “consequences” of the new law, under which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol, include helping raise up to $40 million in tax revenue for Colorado and its “reckless” citizens.

Photo via Shutterstock

Photo via Shutterstock

Your Coffee Habit Might Be Genetic
A new study has identified certain genetic variants that may determine how our bodies metabolize caffeine, which could explain why some people are more prone to a heavy coffee habit than others. For example, some people might be wired to think about coffee before they fall asleep at night and to see daytime as a bleak, unmanageable nightmare without it.

Anonymous Drug User Shares His Experiences With Cocaine and MDMA
It’s time for a more open and nuanced conversation about active drug use. This anonymous drug user talks about the pros and cons of taking cocaine and ecstasy regularly (several times a month for years): “I  like the way cocaine gives you a new lease of life, like a mushroom in Super Mario, to carry on with a night out,” he writes. “I like the way MDMA softens the edges of reality and gives you a deep sense of connection to your friends.”

Biogenesis Founder Anthony Bosch Has Bail Revoked After Positive Test for Cocaine
Anthony Bosch is the founder of the Miami Biogenesis clinic accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodrigues and other Major League Baseball players. A Florida judge has revoked his $100,000 bail and sent him back to jail after he tested positive for cocaine.