Before we look at how reefer madness is alive and well in America, we have to look at the fact that a jury of white and Hispanic women found Zimmerman not guilty of anything in a July, 2013 verdict, and Zimmerman even got back the gun he used to kill Martin!
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 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.
We may never know for sure exactly what happened second by second in that altercation, but we know how it ended: George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin dead.
Sanford police (who have a history of racism), briefly detained Zimmerman, but let him go, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. Dead men can’t tell their side of the story, and Zimmerman convinced police that Martin had attacked him for no reason so that killing Martin was just fine.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and similar laws in other states are sponsored by the NRA and the gun industry. They basically state that if you feel threatened by anyone—even if they’ve done nothing to harm you—you can shoot them dead and use the Stand Your Ground law as a defense. It’s a get out of jail free card.
So Trayvon Martin was dead, and Zimmerman was walking around enjoying life…until Martin’s parents and the media started complaining that Zimmerman had “gotten away with murder.” Then police and prosecutors looked again at the Trayvon Martin shooting and realized it was likely murder, not just some poor cop wannabe shooting a dangerous but unarmed black gangster.
During the run-up to the trial and the trial itself, Zimmernan’s lawyers did their best to make Trayvon Martin look like a dangerous, violent homeboy. Their main message seems to be: If Trayvon Martin smoked pot, he deserved to be shot.
The George Zimmerman defense team and its allies in the conservative, pro-gun media has spent a lot of energy publicly spreading information that Trayvon Martin was suspended from high school because a marijuana pipe and empty baggie containing marijuana residue was found in his possession.
George Zimmerman’s more-rabid defenders say Trayvon Martin was a hoodlum who deserved to die. After all, Trayvon Martin had gold teeth, got into trouble at school, used profanity, and had pictures of himself on his cell phone making obscene hand gestures.
His cell phone also allegedly held pictures of pot plants, a gun, and he may have been interested in purchasing a firearm. Toxicology reports showed small traces of marijuana in Trayvon Martin’s corpse. Funny thing is, nobody tested Zimmerman’s blood to see if he was “on drugs” or boozed up when he shot Trayvon Marin.
And we all know from reefer madness propaganda that marijuana causes people to be violent, ha ha.
Zimmerman’s attorneys released “evidence” (including material lifted from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone) to the media, portraying Trayvon Martin as an evil, pot-smoking thug.
In the case of O.J. Simpson, it was “if the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit.” In the case of George Zimmerman, the slogan is: “Trayvon Martin smoked pot, so he deserved to be shot.”
Especially he deserved it because he was wearing a hoodie, he was a male black teenager, he didn’t bow down and kiss Zimmerman’s ass when Zimmerman started interrogating him about who he was and what he was doing. Some Zimmerman supporters suggested that Martin was high the night he was killed, and may have gone crazy and started attacking Zimmerman because of reefer madness.
And it’s ironic to realize that if Zimmerman had been accused of selling marijuana to Martin, or had been charged with running a marijuana grow op with Martin, he would have been far more likely to go to prison. Marijuana defendants are often given harsher legal penalties than defendants convicted of violent crimes, child molestation, and other dangerous acts.
When it was discovered that one of the Boston Marathon bombers was a chronic weedhead, the anti-marijuana folks were quick to say that marijuana contributed to the bomber’s violence and stupidity. Zimmernan’s defenders successfully “tainted” the dead teenager’s reputation by playing the reefer madness card. Now Martin’s killer walks free. One more black pot smoker dead, right George?