CBS Evening News for Sunday, Nov 13, 1977
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(Studio) Call for easing of marijuana laws, those with regard to possession of small amt. for personal use, by presidents of American Medical Association and American Bar Association noted. Planned meeting at White House with regard to possible use of marijuana and heroin in relieving cancer pain cited.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(DC) Report on medical use of marijuana by Robert Randall, as therapy for glaucoma under research project at DC's Howard University Randall is supplied with cigarettes by federal government (Film shown.) [RANDALL - cites evidence that marijuana helps condition.] Randall's mbrship. in private group attempting to get FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval for medical use of marijuana noted. [RANDALL - notes exclusion of others because his treatment is viewed as privilege.] [Meredith SYKES - cites use of marijuana to treat own multiple sclerosis. Thinks people should have opportunity to get it for med. treatment, but dangers should be made known.] Reporter notes Sykes must buy drug illegally. Petition to Attorney General Bell by NORRL and several individuals with regard to government's restriction of marijuana cited. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) drug abuse staff spokesperson Dr. Edward TOCUS - states paradox involved.] Upcoming meeting of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) advisory committee to consider changing laws and expected outcome of it noted.
REPORTER: Jim McManus