The Daily Buzz: Teen Drug Use Hits 40-Year Low; Racial Inequality in the Marijuana Industry; Europe's New Cocaine Capital

Dec 12 2016

The Daily Buzz: Teen Drug Use Hits 40-Year Low; Racial Inequality in the Marijuana Industry; Europe’s New Cocaine Capital

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Teens Drinking and Smoking Less, Doing Fewer Drugs, Study Shows [USA Today]
Nobody quite knows why; the explanations proposed by NIDA’s Nora Volkow and others—like social media use replacing drugs—are speculative.

Marijuana Is Harder Than Ever for Younger Teens to Find [US News]
Could it be that regulated markets have this effect?

How States Can Bring African-Americans Into the Marijuana Industry [Rolling Stone]
But these markets still have many flaws: Just 1 percent of American dispensaries are black-owned. The exclusion of people of color, who have borne the brunt of marijuana prohibition, is in part down to bad laws and can be mitigated by better ones.

Alabama Prosecutor Sets the Penalties and Fills the Coffers [New York Times]
In one county, a Times investigation found that “diversion resembles a dismissal-for-sale scheme, available only to those with money and, in some cases, favor.”

Rise In Drug-Dependent Newborns Tied to Rural Areas, Study Finds [NPR]
It’s the first research to show that this applies across the whole US.

London Is Europe’s Cocaine Capital—But Only During the Week [Daily Telegraph]
Antwerp in Belgium (above) now has higher rates when you include the weekend.