NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 22, 1969
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(Studio) 80% American marijuana came from Mexico. American agents search cars coming from Mexico to border.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(American-Mexico Border) "Operation Intercept" works on land, air, and sea. Coast Guard checks boats. Planes and radar look for aircraft shipping in dope. At Tijuana, 3-min. search per car. Some cars delayed 6 hrs. [Male MOTORIST - says it's stupid.] [Woman MOTORIST - says 1st time in 10 years I've been here. It'll be another 10.] [2nd Male MOTORIST - says came to get away from traffic; not sit in it.] Aim is to force Mexican representatives to admit problem.
REPORTER: Roy Neal
(Los Angeles, California) 2-lb. package marijuana costs $115-175. Lids sell for $1020. 2 unidentified black dealers discuss government try to raise "pot" prices. ["ED." - says possible to dry up supply, but doubt they can do it. Prices go up, but people continue to buy. Slower to get it Underworld will take over if prices get too high.] ["Alabama" - says prices will cause users to take to harder drugs.] [University of California at Los Angeles Drug Abuse Center Dr. J. Thomas UNGERLEIDER - says don't know why marijuana scares so many. Problem is some kids get "strung out" and lose motivation. Legalization would bring millions of "marijuanaholics" and harder drug usage. Good research needed. It's dangerous issue; need to decide risk factor.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw