NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 14, 1977
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(Studio) Department of Health, Education and Welfare has said marijuana use part of American life; today Carter administration proposes decriminalization, but not legalization of marijuana.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Admin. officials testify to House Narcotics Committee; cite laws in 8 states which decriminalize marijuana. [Office of Drug Abuse Policy director- designate Dr. Peter BOURNE - says move may cause increase in use of drug, but will save some young people from carrying criminal record thruout life.] [International Association of Chiefs of Police spokesperson Edward DAVIS - believes no one's been put in jail for simple possession in 5 years and to hear it claimed they have infuriates him.] Most opponents of decriminalization say it will mean more use of marijuana.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson