Commentary: ‘Demon weed’ found in Trayvon Martin’s system, so what?

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 09, 2013 @ 2:40 PM


            The 'Demon Weed' an educational film.
The 'Demon Weed' an educational film.

Legal analysts say it will help George Zimmerman if jurors learn about the small amount of the so-called dreaded demon weed (click here to see video above on YouTube) medical examiners found in Trayvon Martin’s system.

I am wondering how, exactly, and thinking, “So what?”

There’s been much debate about whether the evidence should be allowed in the trial, but I am not sure how it can help Zimmerman in his defense.

Marijuana, illegal as it may be, isn’t exactly PCP and despite that Miami ‘zombie-face eating’ case (cannabis was found in the face eater’s system), it won’t make you go nuts.

In case you missed it, the Florida judge presiding over Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial ruled yesterday that defense attorneys may present evidence to the jury that Martin had marijuana in his system when he was gunned down.

Read: Trayvon’s dad: I didn’t deny it was son’s voice

Blah, blah, blah.

This Ohio University graduate has seen many pot heads.

Wacky tobacky users giggle a lot, listen to reggae, keep Taco Bell and White Castle afloat, frequent Parliament Funkadelic concerts and/or mourn Jerry Garcia’s death like it happened yesterday.

There are exceptions to every rule, but I have never seen marijuana give someone superhuman strength.

It generally doesn’t cause people to flip over tables or punch out car windows.

The 1936 classic “Reefer Madness” is a funny because it is a fraud.

You can debate that pot is a gateway drug, but it is not “the torturer that never stops” and it will not take you “through hell," as described on one of Reefer Madness’ movie poster.

Marijuana is, of course, a major component in the so-called War on Drugs.

About 1.5 million drug arrests were made nationwide in 2011, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

About half of those arrests (about one every 42 seconds according to come estimates) dealt with Mary Jane.

An argument could be made that those numbers only tell part of the story.

I am betting that those arrest numbers would be much less if marijuana was legalized and regulated and not left to criminals to distribute.

I am not advocating the legalization of marijuana or saying that it is safe to use.

I am just calling a spade a spade and a small amount of something unlikely to turn you into the Incredible Hulk a small amount of something unlikely to turn you into the Incredible Hulk.

Marijuana has very little to do with the Zimmerman trial unless the defense can prove that Martin went after Zimmerman in some sort of pot rage.

“Pot rage” would be a great band name, BTW.

What do you think? Will evidence of Martin’s drug user help Zimmerman? Let us know below.

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Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Carrie Fisher Stuck Up For Friend Who Was Allegedly Assaulted By Sending A Cow Tongue To Producer

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even.

Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Ross told the station about in incident in which a producer (not Weinstein) picked her up to take her to dinner, but pulled the car over and climbed on top of her, pinning her to the seat.

She said that when she managed to get him off of her, he said, “You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”

When Ross confided in Fisher, the actress decided to get revenge.

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios,’” Ross said. 

“’I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” 

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She continued, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood, with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”

Fisher’s actions definitely had an impact on Ross.

“It felt validating to know, Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,” Ross said.

Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2016, after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 6:26 PM

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 24, 2014 in Clarkston, Michigan.  
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at DTE Energy Music Theater on August 24, 2014 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Scott Legato/Getty Images)

 

Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported.

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Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66.

The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill chapel and meditation garden. The sanctuary also includes a spring-fed lake, waterfalls, and wildlife. 

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The funeral for George Harrison, the iconic Beatle and Petty’s Traveling Wilburys band mate,  was held at the shrine in 2001, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

There’s no word on who attended Petty’s private burial, but the musician’s daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty shared scenes from the day on Instagram.

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The music community and fans around the world were grief-stricken with word of Petty’s sudden and unexpected death. Numerous tributes have poured in and musicians have been playing Petty’s music at concerts and shows, honoring his memory. 

Bow Wow corrects those who joke on him for Death Row tweet

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Bow Wow was joked about for tweeting a fan-made image of himself among Death Row artists, but he has been involved in the label as a kid.
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Bow Wow was joked about for tweeting a fan-made image of himself among Death Row artists, but he has been involved in the label as a kid.(Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Katana Chicago/Getty Images for Katana Chicago)

Bow Wow is correcting some fans and followers who were quick to criticize him for a tweet he posted Tuesday.

XXL Mag reported that the former kid rapper, who goes by Shad Moss, tweeted a photo of himself among iconic rappers Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, Tupac and others who were signed to the former label Death Row Records.

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The image appears to be a Photoshopped version of Vibe magazine’s iconic 1996 Death Row cover.

One Twitter user quoted the original tweet saying, “Inaccurate. Where's Biggie?”

In response, Bow replied that he had been on Death Row since he was 6. He posted the picture after a fan sent it to him. 

“(I)t brought back memories. Big was on bad boy (sic) my bros,” he tweeted.

Bow is right. The Notorious B.I.G. was signed to Bad Boy Records, now Bad Boy Entertainment, on the East Coast. It was founded by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, who produces records for many of the artists on the roster.

“Fan sent me the pic its not the original from VIBE,” he further clarified.

For further proof, the TV host tweeted photos of him with Snoop and Dre in 1993 and a screenshot of his appearance in Snoop’s “Gin & Juice” music video that same year.

The Source reported that, although Moss has never been officially signed to Death Row, he became connected to the label when Dre and Snoop made a stop at Moss’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio, during their The Chronic Tour in 1993. The tour manager asked if anyone wanted to come onstage, and Moss was hoisted up by his mother and her boyfriend. His freestyle impressed Snoop and and at 5 years old, he opened the tour for Snoop. He was even heard on skits on Snoop’s explicit “Doggystyle” album.

According to the publication, Bow Wow was supposed to record an album with Death Row, but label discussions fell through and by 1998, Snoop left the label. Bow Wow was introduced to Jermaine Dupri and his rap career soared.

As much as Bow Wow may be joked about for flexing on social media, this time, he was right.

Designer Mychael Knight, ‘Project Runway’ alum, dead at 39

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

Fashion designer Mychael Knight has died at age 39.
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Fashion designer Mychael Knight has died at age 39.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)

Mychael Knight, the engaging designer who appeared on Season 3 of Bravo’s reality TV competition series “Project Runway,” has died.

Obviousmag.com first reported that Knight, 39, died Tuesday at his home in Atlanta surrounded by friends and family. No cause of death was given, but Knight had reportedly been hospitalized in September.

“We are still processing the untimely death of our son, brother, friend, and uncle. Mychael meant everything to us and we loved him dearly. He was generous and so full of life. This is how we choose to remember his legacy,” the Knight family said in a statement to the publication.

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Knight, an Alabama native who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1978, studied at Georgia Southern University and worked on the local fashion scene before trying out for “Project Runway.” He didn’t make it the first time, but in 2006, he was granted a slot on season 3 and quickly became a fan favorite.

He took fourth place for the season and went on to launch several fashion collections, including Kitty & Dick, which he previewed in Atlanta at a 2008 runway show.

He also appeared on BET’s “Rip the Runway” and worked on design projects with Starbucks.

Most recently, he partnered with fellow “Project Runway” contestant Korto Momolu for the MKKM Experience on Sept. 8 during New York Fashion Week.

Knight’s spring/aummer fashion collection, titled Mercy & Grace, featured colorful skirts, dresses and shorts that fans seemed to love. His designs have appeared on celebrities ranging from Sherri Shepherd to Iggy Azalea.