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Mexican Marijuana Contamination #53674

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 03, 1978
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(Studio) Contamination of some marijuana coming into United States from Mexico with chemical possibly causing permanent lung damage reported Concerns of marijuana smokers described.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(California) Spraying of Mexican poppy fields with defoliant from copters given by US, in order to cut down heroin flow into US, noted; Mexicans' use of defoliant on marijuana fields and effect of program reported Smokers' efforts to get marijuana samples tested for paraquat poisoning at lab in Palo Alto, California, detailed. Recent cases found at Haight-Ashbury Free Med. Clinic noted. [Clinic director Dr. David SMITH - describes symptoms of poisoning.] Comments of President Carter's health assistant Dr. Peter Bourne, in interview with reporter Tony Sargent, reported [BOURNE - thinks situation has been blown out of proportion and has obscured fact that marijuana smoking is discouraged and against law anyway. Notes marijuana hasn't been proven safe.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

Geer, Stephen;
Walters, Barbara

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