By Theodore Shoebat
A man in Austin stabbed another man to death as he was high off marijuana. According to one report:
Austin police say a man who fatally stabbed another man may have been high on synthetic marijuana when the stabbing occurred Friday afternoon.
According to court documents, police responded to an urgent stabbing call at 903 Montopolis Dr.
Multiple witnesses on scene said the male, later identified as Steven Isiah Travon Johns, was seen arguing with another man before stabbing him several times just below the chest area. According to one witness closely associated with Johns, he was “tripping and kushed out” adding that Johns began yelling at a vehicle that was passing by when a man stopped and got out of the car.
That’s when police say Johns and the passerby could be seen arguing before the man was stabbed.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) personnel responded and took the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he was pronounced deceased.
According to police, Johns told them he and his girlfriend were walking when a man who was seated in a car started yelling at him and asked Johns if he wanted to fight. Johns said the man got out of the vehicle and threw the first punch. Court documents indicate that during the course of the interview. Johns gave police three different versions of what he used to punch the man. Once he said he used a ring with horns, another time he said he used a box cutter and finally that he used a knife to stab the man in the stomach.
Johns is being held in the Travis County jail on $500,000 bond and has been charged with a 1st degree felony murder.
Numerous studies have been done on the violent effects of marijuana. According to one website on marijuana:
Using marijuana can produce strange behavior and reactions in people when they are intoxicated. These reactions can be similar to psychosis and paranoia and because of this, marijuana users may experience confusion or a sense of feeling threatened or frightened.
When people stop using marijuana they may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms including:
- sleep disturbance
- irritability or restlessness
- loss of appetite
Experiencing any of these symptoms can make a person angry, which is an emotional response to feeling threatened or frustrated. Anger ranges from mild irritation to violent rage. Some people can express their anger in a controlled and constructive way while others lash out in an aggressive, uncontrolled way, either immediately or letting their feelings build up. This can lead to intimidating, violent or bullying behavior, endangering them, other people and property.
According to another study:
A two-year study by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia found that cannabis users can be as aggressive as crystal methamphetamine users, with almost one in four men and one in three women being violent toward hospital staff or injuring themselves after acting aggressively. Almost 12 percent were considered a suicide risk. The head of the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Gordian Fulde, said that “most people still believed marijuana was a soft drug, but the old image of feeling sleepy and having the munchies after you’ve smoked is entirely inappropriate for modern-day marijuana. With hydroponic cannabis, the levels of THC can be tenfold what they are in normal cannabis so we are seeing some very, very serious fallout.
And yet people continue on with this obsessive promotion of marijuana. Some of my favorite videos of Michael Savage was of him expressing his opinions against marijuana: