Osama bin Laden and marijuana: Was the terrorist a stoner?

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Among the juicy details emerging in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death last week was the fact that a bunch of marijuana plants were found growing next to his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. The discovery has launched an Internet's worth of bad puns and stupid jokes: "Osama bin Smokin,'" "Bin Laden Been Blazin."

But is there any truth to the headlines?

Some over-eager sleuths have pointed out that the compound was known to place bulk orders for soda and food from the local market, so maybe the world's most wanted terrorist had a bad case of the munchies. On the other hand, bin Laden was rumored to suffer from kidney problems, something for which he could've scored a medical marijuana card in Colorado and several other states. (Although to do so, he would've had to show a valid ID among other credentials, and that would have SERIOUSLY cramped the dude's style.)

All in all, the revelation seems to play into every drug warrior's wildest dream: It appears that marijuana may, after all, turn you into a terrorist!

Of course, there may be a much simpler explanation for the Abbottabad stash: Pot is known to grow wild in those parts of the world. In other words, this particular weed may just, in fact, have been a weed.

If so, we have to say: What a wasted opportunity. If there was one guy who could've used a little mellow indica, it's bin Laden.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana letter from U.S. Attorney early attack on 2012 pot legalization campaign?"

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Matt in Boulder
Matt in Boulder

This story needs to be filed under "urban legend" rather than "news". This whole story started with a CNN report that only briefly mentioned the word marijuana. Take a look at the CNN video and you don't see "a bunch of marijuana plants". Yes, there is an out of context shot of a pot plant that was clipped into the video, but no actual video of the plants outside Bin Laden's compound.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/vid...

Seriously, I've seen more believable footage of the Loch Ness Monster...

Futurefest
Futurefest

Dude....it was obviously a joke. Come on. You live in Boulder. You should know this....

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