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I still have a few more hours to get my Wednesday blog post in. I've been mulling some ideas around in my head, but haven't had a chance to write them down yet. Here goes nothing. ...

The other day, while doing a blotter check, I discovered a man had been arrested after he attempted to transport more than a $1 worth of marijuana on U.S. Highway 59.

There was an amusing conversation about how law enforcement officials determine how much drugs are worth during the daily meeting that unfortunately I missed. You can watch it here.

And comments from our readers on Facebook helped add some perspective, such as what the different colors of the bags the drug was being transported in could mean and how the distance the drug travels could play a factor in its price.

I then came across this info graphic while browsing the web a few days later:

Going Green
Created by: Online Paralegal Programs

And I thought to myself, "If ever there was a good pro/con topic question, this would be it."

Of course, the White House has an argument against legalizing marijuana too that you can view here.

Since I'm fairly new here at the Advocate (I've been here for about seven months, so I guess I'm not ALL that new.), I have only done the pro/con feature twice before. And my time is rolling around once again.

I kind of don't like the idea of writing about a topic that already has garnered a lot media coverage when nothing is necessarily changing, such as a bill being filed or a local event. Texting while driving - an issue that I understand has been tackled somewhat unsuccessfully by many, many a legislator - would be an example of this.

And please don't misunderstand me. It's not as if that these topics aren't important or worth discussing, it's just that I would rather not rehash information you've already heard a thousand times before.

I will of course make sure I haven't overlooked some new developments by checking out the bills have been filed by our legislators here in the Lone Star State. Who knows ... maybe I should explore legalizing marijuana as a pro/con topic. If I'm looking at the archives correctly, reporter J.R. Ortega last wrote about this issue two years ago.

In the meantime, what's your two cents? Any controversial topic you are particularly passionate about and would like me to delve into? Comment below!

Also, I want to try something new. I'm going to post stories related to my courts and watchdog beats just to get some creative juices flowing. Here are some that I found today that I think are worth a read:

A six-year veteran of the New York Police Department was found guilty in what officials are calling a bizarre plot to abduct, cook and eat women.

In another story, the reporters explored how the jury reached their verdict.

An interesting quote from this article came from the defense attorney Julia L. Gatto:

"These are thoughts, very ugly thoughts, but we don’t prosecute people for their thoughts."

They intend to appeal.

On a much lighter note, I was happy to see the food booths that I so enjoy at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo got a mostly clean bill of health in this interesting story published in the Houston Chronicle. I can't imagine what the work load must be like for the city's health inspectors each year as this event rolls around, but it's an important job and someone's gotta do it.