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Marijuana Crop Found Near Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan Compound (VIDEO)


First Posted: 05/05/11 07:53 PM ET Updated: 07/05/11 06:12 AM ET

Details are continuing to emerge regarding Osama bin Laden's top-secret Abbottabad compound, but the discovery of some marijuana plants just yards from the home has set the blogosphere aflame with speculation.

Said to be worth $1 million (though that estimate is now hotly debated), the home of the world's most feared terrorist has attracted crowds of Pakistanis and media to its now sealed-off gates. But a stroll around the 20-foot-tall, barbed wire-ringed walls led CNN's Nic Robertson to the cannibis crop, barely hidden alongside a garden of cabbages and potatoes.

But whether or not bin Laden and his family were growing the weed for recreational purposes remains a mystery. As the Daily Mail reports, it has long been speculated that the Al Qaeda leader suffered from kidney failure, which would allow him to get a prescription for medical marijuana in many U.S. states.

View Robertson's report from the compound, including the discovery of the marijuana plants, here:

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