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Marijuana Laws / Texas #25054

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 1973
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(Studio) National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse says government antidrug programs may perpetuate drug abuse rather than correcting it. Commission concludes alcohol nation-'s worst drug problem, heroin second and marijuana only minor problem.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Austin, Texas) Texas has tough laws against marijuana use. Possession may result in life sentence. Frank Demolli, Texas University student, caught with 21 pounds pot. Given 25 year sentence. [DEMOLLI - says District Attorney accused him of leading drug sales in high schools; wasn't true. Marijuana misunderstood.] Clay Whitten, college graduate, given 10 years for possession. [WHITTEN - says doesn't feel he did anything wrong.] Reform of Texas law now possible. State Senator Betty Andujar, conservative Republican has bill to introduce that would remove prison terms for possession. [ANDUJAR - says using pot parallel to drinking during prohibition.]
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

Murphy, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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