Lamar Odom Credits Marijuana for Being ‘Walking Miracle’ Following Overdose

After a 2015 trip to a Nevada brothel left him unconscious and recovering from multiple strokes, former NBA star Lamar Odom says he's turned to cannabis to aid in his recovery efforts.

“Marijuana has helped, especially with my stroke,” Odom recently told People magazine. “With my coordination, my balance, and my overall physical attributes—all my doctors say I’m a walking miracle. I think marijuana attributed to that.”

Friday, Odom made an appearance at the Sunrise Caregiver Foundation in Torrance, California to promote his cannabis line, Rich Soil Organics.

 

Since his 2015 overdose, Odom has confirmed a previous battle with cocaine addiction and alcoholism. In addition to aiding his stroke recovery efforts, Odom may be looking to medicinal marijuana in hopes of improving his mental health, too.

“Odom says he suffers from anxiety disorder—a common mental illness that affects more than 40 million adult Americans, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America,” People reported.

During his playing career, Odom was awarded the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2010-11 season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He won two championships during his time with the Lakers. Odom logged 14 NBA seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Lakers, and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Man Breaks Into Taylor Swift’s Home and Takes a Shower Before Getting Arrested

Taylor Swift-obsessed creepers have been particularly active this month.

According to TMZ, a man identified as Roger Alvarado was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into the Swift's NYC townhouse. The suspect reportedly gained entry after climbing a ladder and using his hand to break a window. Though someone reportedly alerted authorities after witnessing the break-in, Alvarado apparently had enough time to take a shower in Swift’s bathroom before taking a little nap.

This story is equal parts scary and confusing.

After officers arrived at the residence, they reportedly found the man catching some Z’s in Swift’s bed. Alvarado was then arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Swift, thankfully, wasn’t home during the break-in. In fact, TMZ reports the 28-year-old singer has never lived in the townhome since purchasing it several months ago.

On April 10, it was reported that a man named Bruce Rowley was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank in Ansonia, Connecticut. Rowley told officers he committed the heist to impress Swift, and said he threw the stolen money over the singer’s fence for her to find. He also said he intended to donate some of the money to the Ansonia Police Department. (What!?)

Officers could not immediately confirm whether or not Rowley actually traveled to Swift’s home. He has since been charged with robbery in second degree and larceny in the fourth degree.

Justin Lilly was also arrested earlier this month after he was caught trespassing Swift’s Beverly Hills compound. According to TMZ, Lilly was sentenced to three days in jail and three years of summary probation.

But the creepiness didn’t end there. Last Saturday, 38-year-old Julius Sandrock was arrested outside Swift’s Beverly Hills home, where he was caught wearing a mask and rubber gloves. TMZ reports officers eventually searched Sandrock’s car, where they found “an empty gun holster, live rounds of ammunition, latex gloves, black gloves, a knife and multiple types of masks, black rope, Rx medication, and psychologist paperwork.”

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Thousands Participate in National School Walkout Day to Call for Gun Reform

On April 20, thousands of students throughout the country participated in National School Walkout Day to help keep the conversation focused on gun reform. There have been 89 school shootings just in 2018, and the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February helped create a nationwide movement powered by students to force politicians to make our communities safer. 

The walkouts were scheduled for this specific day because it is the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, when two students killed 13 people back in 1999. 19 years later, not much has changed in the way of making sure other devastating shootings don’t happen anywhere, especially in a place like a school. 

Although people of all ages—and people of color in particular—have been advocating for gun reform for many years now, many will agree that the current movement, powered by the students from Parkland, feels different. As president Barack Obama wrote in his TIME entry citing the students leading that movement as one of the most influential people of the year, “By bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency.”

One other important thing to remember about the teenagers of today is that they’ve grown up with social media. That might help to explain why this current movement for gun reform has been so powerful: when they go out to protest, everyone can see it, watch it, and be inspired by it, and that’s by design. 

Below are some of the most powerful posts shared on social media on National School Walkout Day. 


  • The Columbine High School shooting in 1999 remains one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, and every year they mark the anniversary of the tragedy as a Day of Service. The importance of having the walkout on this day brings awareness to this tragic event.


  • Soon after the shooting in Parkland, one of the ideas to help curb a tragedy like this in the future floated around by Trump and his administration was to arm teachers. It is, of course, a horrible idea. Teachers across the country took to social media to speak against the proposal, and in this tweet, one teacher from Columbine High School makes an emotional case against the entire premise. If we can't even pay our teachers properly, how do we expect them to also be trained shooters capable of killing children they've been teaching for years? 


  • The walkout on April 20 is already the second massive planned school walkout protest this year. In March, thousands of students walked out of classrooms in solidarity with the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida.  


  • The protests are not about skipping class. Instead, today's walkout—and all other big protests on this issue—are designed to make sure politicians in Congress with the ability to make schools everywhere safer for students don't forget what their job is. 


  • Many have attempted to stifle the voices of the teenagers involved in these protests, arguing they're too young to know what they're talking about. In some cases, these young activists have even been trolled in truly disgusting ways by prominent right wing and conservative figures. 


  • Despite the loud opposition, poll after poll shows that the majority of the country supports the student's list of demands when it comes to gun reform. Besides this, the young activists across the country have plenty of powerful people on their side, too. Celebrities, including Oprah and George and Amal Clooney, as well as major brands like Gucci donated healthy checks to the March for Our Lives event in March.  

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