NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Controversial issue of legalizing drugs featured. Report introduced.
(NYC: Stan Bernard) Drug bust shown; details given. Drug industry noted generating 100 billion dollars per year Murder and violence associated with drug trade noted causing many to promote legalization. [Baltimore, Maryland, Mayor Kurt SCHMOKE - says wants to take profit out of drug business] [Princeton Univ. spokesperson Ethan NADELMANN - says traffickers in control.] Legalization supporters noted using prohibition of alcohol as validation of their argument. Legalization proponents reported calling for Congress panel to work out details. [Prosecutor Sterling JOHNSON - opposes legalization.] [Representative Charles RANGEL - opposes legalization.] Opponents quoted with regard to Great Britain's heroin legalization program; details given, scenes shown. [British psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth TYLDEN - comments on situation.] [SCHMOKE - comments on British situation.] Opponents noted asserting that legalization would most harm inner city dwellers. [Phoenix House rehabilitation specialist Mitchell ROSENTHAL - comments on legalization.] Men shown after arrest for cocaine smuggling. [RANGEL - says legalization immoral and illegal.] Drug problem noted heightening desperate demands for action.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Len Bias' mother and the father of executed New York City police ofr. expected on tomorrow's broadcast