Sandra Bland Becomes The Latest Victim Of The ‘Marijuana Smear’

by IAN MILLHISER – Sandra Bland was high on marijuana — while she was incarcerated in the Texas jail where she eventually died — according to Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis. Mathis reportedly said in a text message to an attorney representing the Bland family that “ooking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail.” If true, this allegation suggests that security in this jail facility is extraordinarily lax. How does marijuana make its way to an incarcerated individual in the first place? And how does that individual manage to smoke or eat a “large quantity” of it without jail officials noticing? The allegation that Bland used pot shortly before her death, moreover, fits a pattern in high-profile cases involving the questionable death of a black man or woman who has become so common that it...

Read More...