NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1978
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(Studio) Decr. in local law enforcement of marijuana laws and continued efforts of federal government to keep marijuana out of country noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Martin Cnty., Florida) July 4th rally of marijuana users in Washington, DC mentioned. [National Org. to Reform Marijuana Laws president and lobbyist Keith STROUP - says most users want to be law-abiding, contributing citizens and can't when they are classified as outlaws, as they are presently.] Lack of enforcement of marijuana laws in most major cities in United States described; example given is purchase filmed in NYC's Central Park. [WOMAN - discusses purchase with man.] [MAN - describes marijuana cigarettes to woman.] [STROUP - says marijuana smoking is here to stay.] Law enforcement officers concerns about cash flow involved in smuggling operations detailed. [Drug Enforcement Agency administration Peter BENZIGER - states size of cash flow into Florida; says it's switching from heroin and cocaine to marijuana.] Pressure on White House from state and local lawmen and congress committee noted. [President assistant Peter BOURNE - reports shift in smuggling operations to Louisiana or up eastern coast as far as ME, since focus is now on Florida. Thinks chances of government coming to grips with problem are minimal.] Marijuana exports from Colombia mentioned. Situation compared with Prohibition era.
REPORTER: Michael Silver
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