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.

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.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is pictured here in an appearance on the ‘Today’ show in 2013. Smart and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, have welcomed a new baby boy to their family.
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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has posted photos of her new baby boy on Instragram.

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The photos feature her husband Matthew Gilmour, daughter Chloe, 2, and newborn son James.

“These people are my whole world,” Smart wrote in a caption of a family portrait. “Whenever I look at them I realize how fortunate I am. I hope I never forget what a blessing a safe, healthy, happy family is.”

Earlier this month, the proud parents took baby James to get a “special blessing.”

“The sunshine made today the perfect day for an adventure with great Granny and Grandpa, and great uncle Neville!” she wrote in a photo caption of the family visiting with Gilmour’s parents in Scotland, where he’s from.

Another photo shows Chloe and James snuggling.

“Nothing better then seeing my two babies love on each other!” Smart wrote.

Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 by a homeless man, who her father had employed as a handy man, and his wife. She was rescued nine months later by police just 18 miles from the family home. 

Suspect, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda Ileen Barzee, were eventually convicted in the Smart kidnapping and assault case. 

 

 

Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter meet at ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:28 AM

Actors Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter embrace at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'

Two are more wonderful than one.

Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter met, embraced and posed for photographs at Thursday’s premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Hollywood, ETOnline reported.

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Carter, 65, made the Wonder Woman character famous during its television series run from 1975 to 1979. Gadot is starring in the movie version, which debuts nationally on June 2. The two women reunited at the Pantages Theatre, along with the film’s director, Patty Jenkins.

"I am the bearer of the torch and now I'm passing it forward to Gal and to Patty," Carter told ET. "I spoke with Patty early on and I couldn't wait to meet Gal. The three of us share some sisterhood by living and breathing this character."

"I just love her very much so," Gadot told ET. "She is such a special women and a unique person and it's always great to see her, especially tonight where she's going to see the movie for the first time. And my heart is going crazy."

Carter admitted she was nervous before watching the film.

"I can't breathe. I am so excited," she said. "I really want you all to embrace this. This is another way to look at her. It doesn't mean to abandon me or abandon the way that I had her, the way that I played her. This is just another way to look at Wonder Woman.”

I'm in LA, so excited to be attending the premiere of the new Wonder Woman movie, directed by my friend, Patty Jenkins,...

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Jet owned by Elvis fetches $430,000 at auction

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:39 AM

A plane once owned by Elvis Presley sold for $430,000 at auction on Saturday.
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A red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar private jet once owned by Elvis Presley sold for $430,000 at a California auction featuring celebrity memorabilia on Saturday.

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The plane had been sitting on a New Mexico tarmac for 35 years before it was consigned for sale, GWS Auctions said. It was owned by Presley and his father, Vernon, according to Liveauctioneers.com.

The buyer was not disclosed, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse told The Associated Press that she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane.

GWS Auctions said Presley designed the interior of the plane, which sports gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats, and red shag carpet. The jet no longer has an engine and its cockpit needs repair. Privately owned for the past 35 years, the jet has been sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, N.M., the auction house said. 

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor separating after 18 years together

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

One of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples is calling it quits.

Entertainment Tonight reported Friday that actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are splitting.

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“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the statement said. “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Taylor and Stiller, parents to Ella, 15, and Quinlin, 11, were married in May 2000 after meeting on the set of a TV pilot Stiller was developing. They began dating in April 1999 and got engaged that November.

Taylor co-stared with Stiller in several of his films, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Zoolander” and “Zoolander 2.”