A naked man was killed in Florida a few weeks ago after he refused to heed police warning to stop eating the face of another human being. It was a clear and surprisingly modern instance of cannibalism: people eating people.

That particular incident would have attracted much media attention because it paralleled something that we are very familiar with in the fictional world of movies, but not in real life.

The just released coroner’s report on the body of the cannibal, a young man in his early thirties, has shown that he was a user of marijuana. No other drug was present in his system. That is much to the surprise of law enforcement officers, and I might add, the general public.

Everyone just assumed that for a human being to casually chew on the body of another human some powerful drug must have been present. Well, now that it has also been independently confirmed that marijuana was the only foreign substance in the cannibal’s body, the question has to now be asked: Is marijuana a more dangerous drug than we previously thought?

Up to this time in history, much heated debate about the legalization or eradication of marijuana has been on-going. Pro marijuana users boast that even after using the drug for decades, they are just as healthy with few or no side effects from the drug.

But the presence of this seemingly harmless drug in the body of someone who was eating another person with apparent delight and style must make all of us rethink the possible effects of marijuana on our minds and behaviour.

While it has been shown that marijuana does have several good compounds or chemicals in it, it also has been said to have a higher proportion of bad or dangerous chemicals. So how much of the cannibal’s behaviour may have been triggered by marijuana?

This is a new twist in the on-going marijuana saga and warrants a new analysis and public discussion.