Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Rockland, Westchester stores cited in underage alcohol sting - Others refused to sell to underage decoys
- Vaping becomes the new tobacco for teen users? - E-CIGARETTES, OR VAPES, are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth
- Jury convicts Chesapeake man of auto loan fraud scheme - Charges of credit union fraud and aggravated identity theft
- Mom And Dad, I'm Going To Cannabis School - Colleges are launching cannabis-centric courses to train the next generation of industry leaders.
Thirty-one stores and bars in Rockland and Westchester sold alcohol to minors in a sting using underage decoys, the New York State Liquor Authority said.
Twenty-seven other establishments in the counties refused to sell to the decoys.
The operation was part of an effort looking for fake IDs and retailers that sell to minors, including restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores.
“We will continue to take action to hold businesses accountable for illegal sales as well as those who use fake IDs,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement announcing the results this month. “We have zero tolerance for these offenses in New York.”
Just as cigarettes had their heyday, so have e-cigarettes, or vapes; however the difference is that right now, vaping is growing in popularity, and it’s not simply being used to quit smoking.
In the United States, youth are more likely than adults to use e-cigarettes, according to STATESystem through the CDC. In 2018 alone, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including one in five (20.8%) high school students and one in 20 (4.9%) middle school students used e-cigarettes.
In 2017, 6.9 million U.S. adults, or one in 36 (2.8%) of adults, used e-cigarettes/vapes.
A federal jury convicted a Chesapeake man on May 16 for charges of credit union fraudand aggravated identity theft.
Court records and evidence presented at trial stated that 25-year-old Adante Leshaun Dupree took part in a scheme to defraud Navy Federal Credit Union.
Dupree and his co-conspirators bought the stolen identities of out-of-state victims using the darkweb, opened Navy Federal Credit Union accounts in their name, and applied for auto loans from the credit union in the names of the identity theft victims.
A few years ago, when Michigan was considering legalizing cannabis, officials at Northern Michigan University asked faculty to come up with “futuristic leading-edge academic majors.” The result: Students from around the country can now enroll in a cannabis-centric medicinal chemistry program, which has grown to 230 students in just two years. The program provides a background in botany and analytical chemistry, then students choose an entrepreneurial or bioanalytical track. Graduates are expected, in part, to staff testing labs as part of the state’s newly legal cannabis market.