Beloved Grateful Dead tribute artist Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has extended their summer tour schedule, tacking on a handful of additional dates to their plans. The group had previously announced plans to perform at High Sierra Music Festival and at Red Rocks, alongside Umphrey’s McGee and The Main Squeeze; now, it seems the band will fill out those dates with some additional stops along the way.After playing High Sierra, Almost Dead will hit The Depot in Salt Lake City, UT on July 1st, then travel to the Belly Up in Aspen, CO on the 2nd. The Red Rocks show had already been scheduled for the 3rd.Aside from those dates, Joe Russo and co. were also included on the lineup for Hot August Music Festival, scheduled for August 20th in Cockeyesville, MD. More information about that festival is available here. You can visit the band’s website for more ticketing information about the newly-announced shows.
Annual HHS Survey Finds Marijuana Use Higher in “Legal” States; Colorado Leads Nation For First Time Adolescent Pot UseSAM 3 December 2018Family First Comment: More young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana, than anywhere else in the nation. The nation’s most authoritative study on drugs, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services also finds the state is at the top of the list for the lowest perception of risk of using marijuana among teens.#SayNopetoDope www.VoteNo.nzMore young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana, than anywhere else in the nation, according to the nation’s most authoritative study on drugs, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The survey also finds the state is at the top of the list for the lowest perception of risk of using marijuana among teens.Almost 8% of Colorado teens admitted to using marijuana for the first time last year, compared with 7.9% in Massachusetts, 7.4% in DC and 7.1% in Alaska, all jurisdictions with “legal” marijuana (marijuana remains illegal in the U.S. per the Controlled Substances Act). Past month use of marijuana is double in “legal” states among all age groups, and 45% higher in the 12 to 17 year-old category (9.1% versus 6.3%).“The effects of legalization are revealing our worst fears,” Dr. Kevin A. Sabet, president and founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), and a former White House drug policy advisor, said. “Big Pot’s profits-over-people business model is hooking more people on highly potent marijuana gummies, candies, waxes, and blunts while governments look the other way. How many lives have to be affected until we take action?”Sabet continued, “There should be a moratorium on legalization until we can better understand what is happening. The social harms –increased stoned driving, more youth use, crime, and hospital mentions — keep piling up. We need to stop the bleeding.”Key findings of the study: Past month use of marijuana is noticeably greater in states that have legalized among those 12+ by 7.6% (legal: 16%; non: 8.5%), 12-17 by 2.8% (9.1%; 6.3%), and 18+ by 8.7% (17.4%; 8.7%).Past year use of marijuana is noticeably greater in states that have legalized among those 12+ by 10% (legal: 23.48%; non: 13.43%), 12-17 by 3.7% (15.7%; 12%), and 18+ by 10.5% (24.1%; 13.6%).In 2017, past month marijuana use among 12-17 year-olds was highest in Vermont (10.75%), followed by Oregon (10.35%).In 2017, past year marijuana use among 12-17 year-olds was highest in Vermont (17.88%), followed by Oregon (17.01%).In 2017, perception of great risk from smoking marijuana once a month among 12-17 year-olds was lowest in Colorado (16.21%), followed by Oregon (16.84%).Washington saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016Oregon saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016.D.C. saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting past month use in 2017, compared to 2016California saw a significant increase among 12+ and 18+ year-olds reporting both past month and year use in 2017, compared to 2016.https://learnaboutsam.org/annual-hhs-survey-finds-marijuana-use-higher-in-legal-states-colorado-leads-nation-for-first-time-adolescent-pot-use/
ESL, the German Games Industry Association (“BIU”) and 20 professional and semi-professional teams have come together to found the Esports-Bundes Deutschland (“ESBD”). The announcement came yesterday, with the ESBD website and social media also being launched. The organisation aims to organise esports in Germany and act similarly to a professional sports association in the way that it represents players, clubs, teams and tournament organisers across the field. From the image above, it’s clear to see the mixture of teams featuring big hitters such as BiG and Unicorns of Love joined by teams of differing sizes across the board. H2k are another prominent name, whilst ALTERNATE aTTaX and Playing Ducks might also be familiar to the wider world. Wind and Rain recently featured a squad at IEM Oakland in PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds. They’re joined by ESL, and BIU as aforementioned. The board of directors to at EBSD is as follows (as reported by TEO):Niklas Timmermann – Esports agent; Dr. Fabian Laugwitz – associate partner for ACT Legal Frankfurt firm; Martin Müller – Magdeburg Esports e.V.’s chairman and co-founder;Jan Pommer – Director of Team and Federation Relations for ESL.The founding statement included quotes from ESBD’s president Hans Jagnow, who stated: “We are starting at a good timing when esports receives more attention. We want to take advantage of this opportunity to talk to all stakeholders and improve the conditions for everyone involved in esports. We also set ourselves a goal to have esports recognised soon as a sport”. Esports Insider says: Another association aiming to move esports towards official sports recognition. It remains to be seen as to whether this is something the community truly wants to happen, or if it’s something that needs to happen. We’ve seen many pop up and not make much traction so we’ll have to wait and see. When E-sport Bund is googled, the first link throws up the “ESVD” which had similar aims, albeit nowhere near as comprehensive a partner list. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.