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Marijuana and Paraquat / Mexico #258349

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1978
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Califano's earlier warnings about possible lung damage to heavy marijuana smokers from effects of paraquat, used by Mexico as herbicide on marijuana fields, recalled. Report is on Mexican authorities' skepticism about extent of danger and refusal to stop use of paraquat.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Oaxaca, Mexico) Details given of Mexican authorities' position on use of paraquat, include their statements that it is used in harvesting of such crops as sugarcane in other cntrys. Comments of Mexican assistant attorney general Samuel Alba Leva about situation quoted; details of his anti-drug campaign in Mexico and of methods used by drug dealers to get marijuana crops grown given. Alba-Leva's statement on United States complaints about use of paraquat noted. State of Oaxaca mentioned as site of so-called best marijuana.
REPORTER: George Natanson

(Studio) First evidence of paraquat in marijuana in 1976 mentioned. Center for Disease Control's report of no findings linking paraquat to any illness and warning that this doesn't mean herbicide is safe stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Natanson, George

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