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Marijuana / Vietnam Use #200590

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 13, 1969
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(Studio) Marijuana easy to get in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Reporter shows how easy it is to buy. [G.I. Marijuana USER - tells how easy it is to get marijuana.] [2nd USER - says like ordering a hamburger.] South Vietnam women who clean up barracks are largest source. Not unusual for soldiers on guard duty to turn on.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Nha Trang, South Vietnam) [Army Psychiatrist Dr. Anthony PIETROPINTO - says 50% soldiers asked admit to usage. Many used it for 1st time.] [SOLDIER - says easy to use without getting caught.] [2nd SOLDIER - says smoked on duty few times.] [3rd SOLDIER - says nothing wrong with smoking. Better than alcohol and other drugs.] [PIETROPINTO - says some come in with acute psychotic states induced by marijuana. Don't see that in United States because it's not as strong there, or smoked in as large quantity. Takes away alertness, too.] Group therapy sessions occur with admitted users. [SOLDIER - tells large number of soldiers who turn on.] MPs arrested 4000 G.I.s for smoking "grass" last year [2nd SOLDIER - says some MPs smoke, too. If they don't worry, why should I?]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Usage increases here.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Cronkite, Walter;
Shepard, Gary

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