ABC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1977
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(Studio) Carter nominee to head drug control program, Peter Bourne, tells Senator confirmation committee his views with regard to marijuana and its decriminalization; Bourne says he smoked it in Vietnam. Many states now make own laws re: decriminalizing marijuana.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Los Angeles, California) California is 1 of 8 states with marijuana reform laws already on books; such bills up for consideration in 35 states and reformers believe they can win in WA, WI, Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. Because of those who have tried or use marijuana, cost of locating and prosecuting is prohibitive. States which cite and fine offenders save money. [Los Angeles Judge Dickran TEVRIZIAN, Junior - says laws supposed to reflect public attitudes and morals of time, if they don't, people rebel against theme This is reason for unusual endorsements from ABA, AMA, Consumers Union and B'nai B'rith, according to national reform movement [Reform movement member Keith STROUP - says smokers as likely to be 45-yr.-old attorney as 18-yr.-old kid, and doesn't make sense to send these people to jail.] [Los Angeles police chief Edward DAVIS - believes marijuana is bad; says groups supporting reform are irresponsible.] Though opposition not likely to go away, prosecution isn't strongly enforced, according to League of Cities survey.
REPORTER: John Martin