NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 17, 1971
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(Studio) Nixon-apptd. commission studies drug problem.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Warrenton, Virginia) Studies on marijuana show public alarm exaggerated. [Commission chmn. Raymond SHAFER - says credible research shows marijuana not addictive, fatal.] THC in marijuana said harmful, no brain damage result. Penalties said out of proportion to danger. Recommended legalizing of marijuana smoking, perhaps sale, foreseen.
REPORTER: Carl Stern
(DC) White House thought to disfavor commission findings. Marijuana as campaign issue assessed. Bureau of Narcotics and National Institutes of Health roles cited. Issue expected to be avoided in campaign.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
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