Marijuana is legal in Washington and Colorado for all purposes, and medically legal in many other states. But years of anti-marijuana propaganda still resonate in the American psyche, and nowhere is this more evident than in the trial of George Zimmerman…the police officer wannabe who stalked and gunned down unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
Before we look at how reefer madness is alive and well in America as revealed by the ongoing Trayvon Martin case legal battles (George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder and is awaiting trial), it’s useful to review the Zimmerman-Martin facts as we know them now.
When somebody is following you around and confronts you, better not stand your ground, especially if you’re a pot smoker.
Simply put, Zimmerman was armed inside his gated community when he spotted 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin. He didn’t like the way Martin looked or acted, so he called the Sanford, Florida police department and said Martin looked like he was “on drugs,” because Martin was walking around in the rain.
Zimmerman was not a police officer, but has been described as a "neighborhood watch volunteer." Apparently he took his volunteer job a little too seriously: in his vehicle and on the phone with a police dispatcher, Zimmerman started following Martin around.
The police dispatcher told Zimmerman to stay in his vehicle and let law enforcement handle the situation. Instead, Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and confronted Trayvon Martin. Nobody is yet sure about the total details of the altercation but it’s likely Martin was scared and angry about being stalked by a pudgy, older, Hispanic-looking guy, so that when Zimmerman verbally accosted Martin (apparently asking him questions that only a police officer would have had the right to ask), the younger man may well have hit Zimmerman. Read More Here...