A Florida judge has denied George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys’ request to submit evidence of Trayvon Martin’s possible marijuana usage prior to the unarmed teen being shot and killed only hours later. While naive Americans around the country might think that this piece of evidence is something that shows a plausible irrational and aggressive teen attacking a man trying to protect his community, the rest of the country collectively palmed their faces and shook their heads in amazement. Personally, I had to look around the room real quick to make sure that I hadn’t been sucked up into a wormhole of space and time that sent me back to the 1950’s. Nope.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that drugs affect everyone a little differently. Marijuana’s main side effect is paranoia. Mostly paranoia of police and jail for smoking weed, but that has changed a bit in our generation of medical marijuana. As someone who went with medical marijuana in lieu of cortisone shots in my spine, I can attest to marijuana as having a place in modern medicine. I can also say without a doubt in my mind that if Trayvon Martin had been extremely high on some weed, his judgement while dealing with Zimmerman would have been slow enough that there never would have been a fight. He most likely would have said, “What?” a few times while munching on those Skittles he had. I think the drugs that the lawyers were thinking of were alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and PCP; which all can create violent behavior with poorer judgement.
The judge has had a very rocky relationship with Zimmerman’s lawyers so far, and smirked a little while explaining why the request to submit the marijuana evidence was denied. You know… that root word that describes their profession. Law-yer. It shouldn’t be a surprise that George Zimmerman’s attorneys would be using “gut-evidence” and trying to resort to a smear campaign on the 17 year old unarmed teenager who was walking through an area where his family lived. Zimmerman, however, had a very interesting past that read like someone who pined for the power of authority yet lacked the skills to get a job as one. There is an appropriate response to overly zealous authority-complex types…
His lawyers want to throw any plausible scenario into the fray hoping to defend the “Stand Your Ground” laws. These laws seem to work on the premise that people who want to be volunteer armed police have the Constitutional right to do just that. Why can’t people use the Constitution to rationalize sane things anymore? The average Conservative Tea Fanatic only seems to read to the second part and then ignore the rest.
“Hrrrmmmm…. Bible…. Guns…. *Rrrrrriiiiiiip!*… and finished with the readin’. God will just speak to me and let me know the rest. Now where is ma’ gun so I can protect the homestead from the Commies….?”