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Marijuana / Decriminalization #250872

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 14, 1977
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(Studio) In House hearing today, Carter administration favors easing of penalties for marijuana use.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Office of Drug Abuse spokesperson Dr. Peter BOURNE - says they've yet to find serious medical consequence related to marijuana use.] [National Institute of Mental Health spokesperson Dr. Bertram BROWN - expresses some surprise that Institution's 5-yr. research hasn't proved any serious health consequences.] Admin. officials say they want decriminalization of marijuana, not legalizing it. [BOURNE - how much increase in use decriminalization would bring isn't known, but would help save young people from carrying criminal records with them for life.] 1 opponent says administration "pushes pot." [Los Angeles police chief Edward DAVIS - says some statements made with regard to present enforcement of laws aren't true.] Testimony indicates small amts. of marijuana being ignored by federal government and local police depts.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil

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