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Special Report (Ganja In Jamaica) #484512

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 25, 1975
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(Studio) Report on marijuana in Jamaica.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Jamaica) Ganja smoking way of life for many. Considered sacred plant to many. They smoke it daily. [MAN - says finds no fault with herbs, but fault with wine, rum and beer. Smoked 38 years Never injured him. Makes him think to do good things, not evil.] 1 1/2 year study used 60 male volunteers, aged 23-53, all manual laborers. 1/2 that used ganja just as healthy as non-ganja users. [Study co-dir. Dr. Vera RUBIN - says no harmful effects noted. Lung malfunctions noted of no significance. They used it as we take coffee or Coke.] Doctors say what's true for some smokers not true for others. [Chief psychiatrist Dr. Michael BEAUBRUN - says report doesn't prove ganja harmless. Can't transfer findings to another culture. Youths here have same problems with marijuana as American youths.] Doctors say drug affects learning ability and job performance if more complicated tasks required than farm labor.
REPORTER: Jack Paxton

Brokaw, Tom;
Paxton, Jack

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