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Mexican Marijuana Contamination / Effects #257656

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 04, 1978
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(Studio) Recent Department of Health, Education and Welfare warning that smokers of marijuana imported from Mexico face possible irreparable lung damage due to contamination of drug reported
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Palo Alto, California) Mexican spraying of marijuana fields with paraquat and farmers' harvesting it before plants die but after contamination detailed. Amt. of contaminated marijuana finding way to United States is unknown; concerns of pot smokers noted. [MAN - is very concerned.] [2nd MAN - isn't concerned for self as doesn't smoke, but is for friends.] Pharmchem Labs' testing of marijuana at facilities in Palo Alto, California, and results of tests on samples sent lab by smokers reported [Lab spokesperson John KOTECKI - doesn't blame people for being anxious about problem.] Symptoms of paraquat poisoning listed; is noted that contaminated marijuana can't be detected until too late.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

(Tucson, Arizona) Report on marijuana trafficking situation in Arizona where much Mexican pot comes into US. Dealers' stkpiling. of Mexican pot now coming into country for sale after paraquat scare is over reported Law enforcement officials' view that spraying is cutting off supply cited; marijuana on market being passed off as grown in Colombia mentioned. [Drug rehab. worker John ALLEY - says it's inevitable that contaminated marijuana will be sold and is dangerous to users if they don't get it tested.] Govt. officials' reaction to chgs. that government is poisoning people by encouraging spraying reported [DEA spokesperson Thomas MAHER - notes marijuana still illegal in US.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry;
Goldberg, Bernard

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