The Daily Buzz: September 17, 2014
Colleges brainstorm ways to combat binge drinking; Colorado campaign fights stoner stereotypes; and nine pounds of cocaine found in a vehicle linked to the Vatican.
Colleges Brainstorm Ways to Combat Binge Drinking
Some colleges are now taking a more involved approach to tackling binge drinking on and off campus, NPR reports. For example, at Frostburg State University (one of many colleges in the country under investigation for mishandling sexual assault), president Jonathan Gibralter has formed a nationwide coalition to crack down on college binge drinking involving local officials, parents, students, and bar owners. He’s also led a push to ban sales of grain alcohol.
Colorado’s Pot Industry Fights Stoner Stereotypes
No, marijuana won’t fry your brain like an egg and morph you into Cheech (or Chong, or Seth Rogan). The Colorado pot industry and activists are launching a new ad campaign to change your perceptions of marijuana users and put tired pot jokes and stereotypes to rest. Billboards, brochures and magazine ads will promote safe, moderate marijuana use, and warn first-timers to be careful with edibles with the tagline: “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation” (that one’s for you, Maureen Dowd).
Chemistry Teacher Accused of Making Date Rape Drug And Crystal Meth
A Texas high school chemistry teacher and her husband have been arrested on drug charges after cops raided their house and found meth and gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a compound used in date-rape drugs. At least Walter White only made meth.
Cocaine Found in Vatican Librarian’s Car
In more unlikely drug busts: Police in France found nine pounds of cocaine in a vehicle with Holy See diplomatic plates belonging to Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia. The car—which also contained weed—belonged to 91-year-old Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mejia, a retired, bedridden Vatican librarian. Apparently two Italian men had borrowed the car to “tune it up” and were on their way to Spain with their drug cargo, thinking they’d be protected by the plates. ¡Que scandal!
Chinese Police Formally Arrest Jackie Chan’s Son in Drug Charges
China’s hardline anti-drug efforts continue—and law enforcement are using celebrities (and their offspring) to send a message. Police in Beijing have now officially arrested the son of martial arts film legend Jackie Chan on suspicion of “allowing other people to consume drugs,” after first detaining him last month. He faces up to three years in prison.