The Daily Buzz: Opioid Makers' "Stranglehold" on Congress; Banking Shortage for New Wave of Weed Money; Marijuana-Laced Candy Warnings Are a Halloween Tradition

Oct 31 2016

The Daily Buzz: Opioid Makers’ “Stranglehold” on Congress; Banking Shortage for New Wave of Weed Money; Marijuana-Laced Candy Warnings Are a Halloween Tradition

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Opioid Epidemic: Ex-DEA Official Says Congress Is Protecting Drug Makers [The Guardian]
Drug companies and their lobbyists have a “stranglehold” on Congress to protect a $9bn-a-year trade, says Joseph Rannazzisi.

Got Bank? Election Could Create Flood of Marijuana Cash With no Place to Go [Reuters]
“There’s not a single human being who thinks there is any benefit at all in forcing marijuana business to be conducted on an all-cash basis,” says Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Chicago Police Are Shooting Fewer People Since An Officer Killed Laquan McDonald [FiveThirtyEight]
There has also been a major drop in narcotics arrests, according to the stats website.

Women in California Can Legally Get Birth Control Without a Prescription. But for Many, It’s a Struggle [LA Times]
Despite a law making pills and patches available without prescription, many pharmacists don’t supply them, partly because the dispensing process is time-consuming.

Toxicology Report Shows Jose Fernandez Drunk, Had Cocaine in His System [ABC News]
The Miami Marlins pitcher was killed in a boating accident last month.

Parents Warned of Drug-Laced Gummy Candy Ahead of Halloween [News4Jax]
While substantiated cases of trick-or-treating kids being given marijuana-laced candy are extraordinarily rare, warning parents about it has become a Halloween tradition.