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Rolling Stone Cover: Boston Marathon Bomber Smoked Weed

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The new Rolling Stone cover just released shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber, and apparent college weed dealer.

Rolling Stone Cover Controversy

If you haven’t heard by now, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, smoked pot — he seemed to have admitted it on multiple occasions on his twitter account too. According to news reports, the Boston Marathon bomber was also a college campus weed dealer for many students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Smoked Weed

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, known as “Jahar” to his friends, was described as a beautiful, tousle-haired boy with a gentle demeanor, soulful brown eyes and the kind of shy, laid-back manner that “made him that dude you could always just vibe with,” one friend says. The way he is depicted on the Rolling Stone cover, you might actually think Dzhokhar was a teen hearthrob. Tsarnaev was the captain of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School wrestling team for two years and excelled in academics. He acted very much like any other normal college student, which is why so many people who knew him were shocked that he would even think of doing what he did at the Boston Marathon.

Past The Rolling Stone Cover Into The Story

Once you get past the Rolling Stone cover and read the article about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, they go into detail about his past with weed and life. As the public tries to better understand what these brothers were trying to accomplish, why they took actions that ultimately would not only lead to the devastation and loss of innocent lives, but loss of their own lives, has remained unclear. Most people report that they were just normal kids and there were no major warning signs.

Mental Health Disorders & Prevention

Could Dzhokhar have been harboring a mental health disorder that everyone was unaware of? Was he maybe self-medicating through weed and because it was never addressed, never brought to the surface; could his actions have been avoided? Were there actually signs that maybe others have missed because they were just not aware of what those signs would have looked like, and more importantly, how can we avoid this in the future?

Whether you agree or disagree with the Rolling Stone cover, the one thing most of us can agree upon is that we need to help prevent future occurences such as this. Understanding mental health disorders and drug abuse, even if it’s just weed, could be a start in helping prevent many more tragedies. If we keep ignoring mental health disorders or keep thinking that any kind of drug use is OK, we may be finding ourselves repeating history more times than are needed.

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