Marijuana, especially the legalization of it for recreational or medicinal purposes, has been a controversial topic since the '60s. Overwhelming data exists about the harm this chemical causes, but many people with a loud voice continue to demand access to it — via easier and easier avenues.
One fact is clear: the compulsive and extreme pursuit by those interested in the legalization of marijuana proves that the substance is addicting. Proponents have persevered with a singular focus and have overcome many obstacles and consequences to increase and ease access to their next high. This, almost in itself, would be a strong indication of the addictive component and effects of marijuana.
Think of it this way: What if one of your favorites were taken away? Twinkies, ice cream or ESPN? Would you go to incredible lengths of time, money, energy, effort and consequences to fight for a snack or a TV network? Only if you are addicted to it, because that is the definition of addiction. more >>
Kelsey Grammer is speaking to the man convicted for the 1975 rape and killing of his sister for the first time this week.
Freddie Glenn and two accomplices kidnapped 18-year-old Karen Elisa Grammer from her job at a Red Lobster restaurant in Colorado Springs 39 years ago. The victim was then raped for four hours before having her throat slit, according to The Daily Mail. Glenn, now 57, is serving a life term behind bars at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. On Tuesday, Grammer attended a parole meeting for convict, and even offered forgiveness after listening to his apology.
A bullet hit a sleeping boy in Detroit's Brewster Homes complex Wednesday, killing him, according to reports. Jakari Pearson, 8, was in his bed at home when a shooting started outside, and three of the bullets pierced the brick, one of them fatally wounding the young child.
Pearson had been at home with his mother when the shooting started at about 1:15 a.m., police said. Afterwards, the 8-year-old was taken to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where he was pronounced dead.
"He was sleeping in his room and gunshots were fired from outside," Officer Adam Madera told the Associated Press. more >>
Former popular Christian radio host John Balyo, 35, is heading to prison for a minimum of 15 years after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Michigan Tuesday to photographing and having sex with a 12-year-old boy in April — the same month he got married.
His plea comes just weeks after he was arrested at the Big Ticket Christian music festival in Gaylord last month. The Battle Creek Enquirer said Balyo is required by law to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, but noted that it could be longer.
A Wood Radio report said Balyo confessed to photographing and performing sex acts with the 12-year-old boy at a hotel in Kalamazoo County and paying him cash. He also pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child as well as possession of child pornography, which could result in him being imprisoned for up to 50 years. more >>
The recent "botched" execution in Arizona sparked more debate about the death penalty. But if the execution ended in the murderer's death, then it was not botched. What did his victims endure?
The New York Times inadvertently committed journalism when it reported that approximately 12 recent studies have determined that the death penalty saves lives and serves as a deterrent. Some concluded that, for every execution, up to 18 murders are prevented.
I was once asked whether I was for or against capital punishment. The moderator knew the answer, but was shocked when I answered that I was against the electric chair. When he asked why, I said I was in favor of electric bleachers – until we get caught up. more >>
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which received $2,302,026 in government grants in 2011-2012, is facing a legal challenge from the mother of an underage girl who was taken to the facility by her abuser to have an abortion.
The lawsuit, Cary Smith v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, was filed on June 20 and claims that the then 13-year-old girl was taken to the clinic by her abuser, who was also her step-father, to have an abortion on May 3, 2012. Not only did the staff not ask the girl if she was being sexually abused by an adult, they also neglected to contact law enforcement or child services to report suspected abuse of the girl.
When the victim finally told her mother about the sexual abuse and abortion on July 18, 2012, she was taken a local hospital for an examination and to report the abuse. The mother also obtained her daughter's abortion record from Planned Parenthood. more >>