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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: Pfizer's Synthetic Marijuana and Stimulant Mimics Skirt Legality


Plus, United Airlines sued by employees for racial discrimination.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.
Wired: Science
Link: Chemists Outrun Laws in War on Synthetic Drugs
"The war on drugs has a new front, and so far it appears to be a losing one. Synthetic mimics of marijuana, dissociative drugs and stimulants - such as the "bath salts" allegedly consumed by Randy Eugene, the Florida man shot after a horrific face-eating assault - are growing in popularity and hard to control.... One class of popular cannabinoid mimics, for example, was developed by respected Clemson University organic chemist John Huffman, who sought to isolate marijuana's chemical properties for use in cancer research. Other 'legal high' ingredients have similar pedigrees, with designers including researchers at Israel's Hebrew University and the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (PFE)." (Also read Pfizer Drug for Rare Disease Shouldn't Be Approved, US Review Says.)
The Consumerist
"United Airlines (UAL) is being sued by 24 African-American employees, 22 captains and two operations supervisors, who filed suit on Tuesday claiming that the company discriminated against them because of their race. The complaint alleges that United's policies worked against them when it came to getting promotions." (Also read Is a Merger Between American Airlines and US Airways a Good Idea? Six Views.)
The Motley Fool
"Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) is the biggest beer company in the world, and it has been building rock solid competitive advantages through the years by developing leadership brands and an unparalleled distribution network. The company is performing well financially, and is also attractively valued in comparison to peers. There are strong reasons to believe this company is poised to outperform the markets in the middle term." (For related content, see America Boasts Most Breweries Since 1880s.)
New York Times: Bits
The revamped Chrome operating system, announced Tuesday by Google (GOOG), plays high-definition video, has a rebuilt trackpad and is even designed to work on future touch-screen models. None of which matters if Google cannot get computers that use it out into the world, something that is proving as big a challenge as engineering Chrome. One thing is certain, however: Google is not giving up.
Care 2
For the second year in a row, McDonald's (MCD) shareholders voted down a resolution asking the company to assess its impact on public health. With fast food increasingly linked to diet-related diseases and childhood obesity, Corporate Accountability International partnered with more than 2,500 health professionals and institutions who are urging McDonald's to stop marketing junk food to children.

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