Cliff Kincaid
Famous jihadists who were potheads
By Cliff Kincaid
May 26, 2017

Marijuana may be getting good press from the media, especially from reporters who smoke it, but the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy has published a ground-breaking analysis of how weed is linked to violence, mental illness, and jihad.

Islamists are evil enough, since they act on the basis of radical religious ideology. But the evidence shows that marijuana, which is spreading across the United States through George Soros-funded initiatives, can help fuel the anti-American Jihad.

Marijuana, the authors of the report say, can spark psychosis and paranoia, and thus contribute to terroristic thoughts and exacerbate aggressive behavior.

In listing several high-profile cases of potheads involved in violence and murder, the authors identify al Qaeda's former leader Osama bin Laden as a consumer of the drug who turned even more paranoid during his final days in Pakistan. Citing a public TV report, the article states, "Osama bin Laden became paranoid and obsessive in the days prior to his death. High-strength marijuana plants were found within bin Laden's compound in Pakistan."

Stoners have tried to insist that the dope was growing wild.

However, bin Laden isn't the only jihadist cited in the report. It stated, "The Tsarnaev brothers killed three and injured 264 others with bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 5, 2013. Friends say they were both heavy marijuana users. The wife of the older brother, Tamerlan, described a change in his attitude as he became violent toward her with his increasing marijuana use."

The scientific and academic findings confirm a report published by Accuracy in Media back in 2014 entitled "Can Marijuana Fuel Jihad?"

In yet another case, the journal says, "A Dearborn Heights [Michigan] man plotted ISIS attacks on [a] church. In an affidavit filed in a criminal complaint on [a] weapons and marijuana charge, Khalil Abu-Rayyan is described as being an ISIS supporter who talked about committing violent acts of terrorism, including shootings and beheadings."

This case and others are described in an article entitled "Marijuana Violence and Law," written by Norman S. Miller, M.D., and Dr. Thersilla Oberbarnscheidt, a psychiatrist.

The jihadist cases are among many different instances of violence and mental illness associated with the use of marijuana that were taken from different accounts in the major media. The media, of course, do not emphasize such cases, and instead frequently portray the drug as having medicinal value of some sort for various ailments.

"The review does not prove a causal relationship between marijuana and violence in these cases," it states. "Rather it establishes a highly documented association between marijuana and violence."

As a result of state legislatures changing laws that significantly increase the accessibility of marijuana, the report warns that more cases of violence and mental illness associated with the drug are likely to occur.

Maryland is one of the latest states to be targeted by the pro-marijuana lobby. The Marijuana Policy Project has proclaimed, "Maryland could be one of the next states to legalize marijuana!" The Maryland legislature is dominated by the Democratic Party, but the state has a Republican governor, Larry Hogan.

In Maryland, on Valentine's Day 2016, a newlywed couple were killed by a car driven by a woman named Lauren Renee Scott. A newspaper reported, "Police said that Scott admitted to using marijuana and heroin before the accident, and a toxicology test showed that she had opioids and cannabis in her system." Scott's car crossed the median and crashed head-on into a Honda Civic driven by Daniel Brian Amos, 21, and his passenger, his 20-year-old wife, Kayla Nicole Amos. They were driving home from dinner, after celebrating their six month anniversary.

Under a plea agreement, the paper added, prosecutors dropped drug-related charges and Scott "agreed to spend at least two years in prison and another five years on supervised probation."

A story on the Washington, D.C., TV station WUSA about the marijuana- and heroin-related crash noted that the couple attended Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, and were committed Christians.

The use of marijuana by anti-Christian jihadists is a growing concern, as evidenced by the article in the Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy. In the Tamerlan Tsarnaev case, it cited his heavy use of the drug and concluded, "Likely, intoxication from marijuana created and contributed to the paranoid thoughts and poor judgment to detonate a bomb in a crowd of people."

"It may be too early to draw a direct connection between jihad, marijuana, and mass murder," the 2014 AIM column had warned, "but it is worth considering whether consumption of the drug can alter the mind to such an extent that jihad becomes appealing to some mentally unstable individuals."

It now appears we have the scientific and medical evidence for this assertion.

Despite the mounting evidence of a direct link between marijuana and violence, the anti-drug group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) says the billion dollar marijuana industry had meetings scheduled with many members of Congress on May 16-17 in order to urge increased access to the drug on the federal level.

"They are making the case that marijuana legalization means jobs, economic growth, and tax revenue," SAM says. "They neglect to mention the very real costs: drugged driving fatalities, emergency room visits, poison control calls for kids, workplace absenteeism, workplace accidents, and increased homelessness – not to mention the broken families, destroyed relationships, and devastating mental health outcomes."

In addition to using marijuana to inspire and wage jihad, there is evidence that Islamic terrorists are funding their activities by selling dope.

© Cliff Kincaid


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