Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Underage marijuana use and impaired driving common in Colorado and Washington where marijuana is legalized - University of Minnesota Brief
- MCPO: Sex Assault Suspect Part Of Identity Fraud Network - Worked with his parents, relatives, and others to defraud stores and financial institutions
- Police Cite More Than 100 for Underage Drinking at Bar - Age ID solves this problem for bar owners
- Proposal would ban vaping in Florida workplaces - We could see this coming from a mile away
A new study by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, shows law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Washington—states where marijuana is legalized—report common problems with underage marijuana use (under age 21) and driving under the influence of marijuana in their communities.
“There's a general public zeitgeist that marijuana is a pretty safe drug,” said study co-author and Associate Professor Darin Erickson. “In actuality, there hasn’t been a lot of research regarding how marijuana is used, its safety or its harms.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the New Jersey State Police, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Freehold Borough, Jackson, Neptune Township, Marlboro Township, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Old Bridge, and Campton (New Hampshire) police departments assisted.
The prosecutor’s office said these individuals obtained credit cards by stealing identities and opening accounts with no intention of paying the bills. Purchased items were then sold online or pawned for cash. To avoid any suspicion, deposits of less than $10,000 were made in bank accounts or invested in cryptocurrency.
Police have issued more than 100 citations for underage drinking at a Connecticut bar.
Authorities say they conducted a liquor compliance check at The Clubhouse Cafe in Hamden Friday night after they received several complaints about underage drinking on their tip line.
Police Capt. Ronald Smith says officers issued in excess of 100 infractions to patrons that were under 21, and the State Liquor Commission has been notified.
The bar is located near Quinnipiac University's Mt. Carmel campus.
A new proposal would ban vaping in workplaces, like restaurants in Florida just like the cigarette ban.
One vape shop manager says vaping isn't as harmful as cigarettes and the decision should be left up to business owners.
First cigarettes and next on the chopping block could be vaping in the workplace.
Florida voters passed the amendment back in November and now a Senate committee will have the final say.