CBS Evening News for Sunday, Oct 30, 1977
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(Studio) Cocaine arrest made Saturday night at Miami International Airport and earlier report on cocaine used noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(NYC) Report on pros and cons of legalizing cocaine. Amt. of cocaine smuggling in United States noted; example cited is drug seizure aboard Colombia, South American, ship Gloria, which took part in NYC's bicentennial tall ships celebration. (Films shown.) [DEA spokesperson Peter BENSINGER - describes type of criminal in cocaine smuggling business, methods of smuggling and size of bus.] Types of people using cocaine, using New York City as example, some even turning from marijuana, noted. [Boutique salesman KEMMY - says all types of people buy cocaine paraphernalia.] History of legal cocaine use in American given; Sigmund Freud's advocating of its use and drink by Coca-Cola Company containing cocaine cited. (Photos and films shown, include 1912 feature "For His Sons") Racist concerns with regard to cocaine use by blacks and alleged resulting criminal behavior, idea supported by "New York "("New York) Times", stated. [Harvard Med. School spokesperson James BAKALAR - cites early beliefs with regard to cocaine use by blacks.] Law's incorrect naming of cocaine as narcotic, like heroin, and successful defense on these grounds of Boston man, Richard Miller, cited; judge in case was Elwood McKenney. [Harvard Med. School spokesperson Dr. Norman ZINBERG - cites lack of evidence that cocaine is powerful, destructive drug.] [McKENNEY - talks of scientific evidence presented in Miller case, with regard to cocaine use.] [ZINBERG - says nicotine and alcohol have most real potential for physiological damage.] Federal officials response to question about legalization of cocaine cited. [National Institute on Drug Abuse spokesperson Dr. Robert DUPONT - lists amts. in health costs resulting from allowing smoking and alcohol consumption and noted similar results from legalizing cocaine.] Effects of cocaine on user described. [White House office of drug abuse policy chief Dr. Peter BOURNE - gives statistics with regard to finances of people who use drug and government plans to keep cost high.] [MAN - talks about whether he'd use it more if it were legal.]
REPORTER: Steve Young Artists: Mel Robbins, Joe Connally