Study: Effects of Smoking Marijuana Include Brain Changes

Apr 16, 2014, 10:30 am EDT

A new study has shown that the effects of smoking marijuana include brain changes in areas associated with motivation and emotion.

The study is reportedly the first to study even light marijuana use.

“Some of these people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week,” said co-author Hans Breiter as quoted in Northwestern University’s Science Newsline. “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school. Our data directly says this is not the case.” Read 

UFC Study: Legalizing MMA Could Bring $67M to NY Annually

Apr 16, 2014, 9:58 am EDT

A recent study conducted by HR&A for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) league has found that mixed-martial arts (MMA) could bring $67 million a year to New York. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The UFC study looked at attendance levels in Ohio, California, New Jersey and Canada to make an estimate as to how many would attend events in New York. The report claims that half of the money coming to New York would be from people living out of state that would come to see the MMA fights, reports Capital New York.

New York is currently the only state in America that has a ban on UFC and MMA fights. Lawmakers banned the events in 1997 because they were too violent. If the ban is lifted, there could be as many as 70 professional MMA fights a year in the state, Capital New York notes. Read 

Pot Brownie Vending Machines Are Now a Thing

Apr 14, 2014, 5:08 pm EDT

Pot brownie vending machines are the newest thing in a country that’s slowly warming up to the legalization of marijuana.

Source: Wikipedia

American Green has developed ZaZZZ, a vending machine with marijuana and edibles inside of it. Colorado marijuana dispensary Herbal Elements will be the first to add a ZaZZZ to the store in an attempt to reduce lines and potential thefts. Read 

Your Odds of an IRS Audit Are Lowest in Years

Apr 14, 2014, 2:36 pm EDT

The odds of getting hit by an IRS audit are the lowest in years. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

According to RT, those making less than $200,000 only have a .88% chance of facing an IRS audit. This number increases for those who make more, with earning over $1 million having an 11% chance to be audited. However, this is the lowest chance of being audited since 2010.

The chance of getting an IRS audit drops even further if you have a business that deals mostly in cash. Read 

Woman Arrested for Throwing Shoe at Hillary Clinton

Apr 11, 2014, 12:26 pm EDT

Hillary Clinton dodged a shoe that was thrown at her by an unidentified woman during a speech in Las Vegas. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The woman who threw the shoe at Hillary Clinton was detained by security personal and held in the hallway of the hotel where the speech was being given. The woman admitted to throwing the shoe as well as tossing some papers, but she refused to identify herself. The woman was checked and it was dsicovered that she wasn’t approved to attend the speech. It is unknown what the woman will be charged with, the Associated Press notes.

Officials behind the Hillary Clinton speaking event claim that the unidentified woman “must have slipped under the rope at the last second” to get in. Read 

Kathleen Sebelius Resigns After Obamacare Rollout Failures

Apr 11, 2014, 9:04 am EDT

On Friday, President Barack Obama will announce the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the botched rollout of the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange website last year. Source: Wikipedia

Kathleen Sebelius led HHS for five years. She was a constant target for congressional Republicans unhappy with White House policies, especially Obamacare. That criticism continued even after the government announced last week that Obamacare enrollment had exceeded the original goal of 7 million sign-ups, the Associated Press notes.

A number of Republicans called for Kathleen Sebelius to step down last year amid technical glitches that marred the federal health exchange’s rollout. At the time, the Obama Administration backed the HHS secretary. Read 

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