IN January, Peter Hitchens urged us to sign a petition asking for an inquiry into the correlation between marijuana use, mental illness and violence. Sadly it got nowhere near the the 99,000 signatures required for Parliament to debate it.

Peter has been noting cases for years of ‘one lone wolf terrorist after another’ who turns out to be a dope user, like this one (at the end of his column).

Now, to add to the literally hundreds of cases that Peter began to document here, and to those that Ross Grainger details in his more recent and comprehensive study, another heinous cannabis-related murder which was reported this week. 

It turns out that Kobili Traore, convicted of killing a Jewish woman in an anti-Semitic attack in France by throwing her out of her third-floor window, smoked 15 joints a day. To add to that the French judge has ruled that he was probably not criminally responsible because he was high on cannabis.

Cannabis is a common factor in an alarming number of violent crimes. As the commercially backed and financed campaign to legalise cannabis grows, with a number of think tanks misguidedly and mistakenly persuaded that legalisation is a solution to the many and various ills of drugs use, it is ever more urgent – indeed imperative – that the government investigates the link between cannabis and violence.

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