Federal drive launched against marijuana plant

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Federal Drive Launched Against Marijuana Plant (By United Press) CHICAGO, July 24. U. S. Narcotic agents said today a drive was on to "clear every weed patch and roadside" of the hemp-like marijuana plant, narcotic weed from which cigarets are made and distributed in "ever increasing numbers" among the youth of the nation. The harmless appearing weed, allied to hashish and comparatively unknown in this country 10 years ago, now grows freely in several states, they said. Mrs. Elizabeth Bass, director of the Federal narcotic division in Chicago, said the plant is easily available for manufacture of the brain-drugging cigarets and may be found growing in nearly all large cities. Only last week a new crop was found in the southwest section of Chicago. JUVENILE PROBLEM "Our problems with marijuana smoking rest mostly with children," she said. "Smoking the 'weed' is habit-forming but is a habit more easily broken than addiction to other drugs." The cigarets are available in Chicago at prices of about 25 cents for two or three, Sgt. John Myer of the Chicago narcotic division said. "The peddlers concentrate particularly around school areas," he said, "but we have them pretty well under control. We are trying to prevent their becoming organized. "Smokrs use from two to three cigarets a day during the first three or four months of their addiction, later requiring one every hour," he said. Reaction of the drugs on individuals is not easily determined, Myer and Mrs. Bass said. "It all depends on the personality," Myer said. "Generally speaking, the effects are hallucinations and sleepiness. The auditory nerves seem to be affected too. Many of the addicts I have talked to said that the dropping of a pin sounded like the crash of a sledge hammer on metal." The drug results in a general weakening of the moral fiber, he said, and has been known to lead addicts to suicide. "The Federal narcotic divisions work in conjunction with city and state officials with the backing of state anti-marijuana statutes," he said. "However, Federal legislation is being considered by Congress," MEXICAN PLANT Myers said the weed was introduced Into this country from Mexico. "The plant has been traced back 4,000 years," he said, "and has been known by many names." The weed grows from four to 12 feet tall and has elongated and jagged-edged leaves of dark green. Cigarets are made from the dried blossoms of the seeding, female plant. 4 A A COTTON MARKET

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 25 Jul 1937, Sun,
  3. Page 21

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