Just as the defense in the George Zimmerman trial put Trayvon Martin on trial for his own murder because he had traces of THC in his system, the St. Louis County D.A. and police put Michael Brown on trial for his marijuana use during the grand jury proceedings that returned a no bill on Darren Wilson this week.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that when the St. Louis County Police spoke to the two construction workers who had a conversation with Brown shortly before Wilson shot and killed him in a follow-up interview they were less interested in what they had seen at the time of the shooting than in a conversation one of the workers had with Brown about “waxing.”
Waxing is smoking or eating the concentrated tar from marijuana which has higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC so that a more intense high is achieved with small amounts. The worker said that he had mentioned to Brown that he should try it to get a better high and that Brown said that he had never heard of it before.
The fact that Brown told the man that he was not aware of “waxing” was no deterrent to the D.A. who brought it up 44 times during the grand jury investigation suggesting that this might explain why he would have attacked Wilson.
The prosecutor never presented a single witness who professed any knowledge of ever seeing Brown wax or that said that he had smoked any marijuana in any form the day of the incident. To the contrary his companion when he was killed denied that he had smoked any marijuana that day at all.
The topic was first presented to that grand jury on October 7 when Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kathi Alizadeh questioned a police chemist about waxing.
“If one were to ingest that, you would be consuming a higher level of THC than you would if you were to have smoked or ingested the plant material?” Alizadeh asked.
“Yes, you would,” the chemist replied.
While the prosecutor never claimed any knowledge of Brown participating in the practice she did go on to raise the subject repeatedly over the next several weeks, keeping it in the minds of the jurors.
The toxicology report found that Brown had 12 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood in his system and no other drugs when he died but that is not an sign that he was under the influence at the time of death since it can take several weeks after complete cessation of smoking pot before the system completely clears it from the body. The larger the body the longer it takes to cleanse itself of all traces of the drug, just as the larger the body the more it will take to get the person high in the first place.
Dr. Michael Baden, the pathologist hired by Brown’s family to conduct a separate autopsy disagreed with the findings of the medical examiner saying that Brown had a “relative small amount, and how it affects somebody varies.”
“It doesn’t make people go crazy,” he said. “So toxicology, everything it has and everything it doesn’t have has significance, and in this instance, I think marijuana is significant that he smoked marijuana, but 99 out of 100 people taking marijuana aren’t going to get in a fight with a police officer over it, in my experience.”
h/t: Raw Story