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to n g w i t h a · e r on for R e p u b l i c a n s he of To the editor: Even the most extreme sceptics going to have trouble ignoring the statements recently made by the Director of National Institute of Abuse w h e n h e r e l Department of Health, Education and Welfare's f i f t h annual report Congress on marijuana and health. The N1DA has overseen and reviewed over eight years and twenty million dollars worth of research on the effects of marijuana on one's health. Speaking at a press conference last Thursday, Doctor Robert L. 'Dupont stated "There is no question that alcohol and tobacco are causing us more health problems than marijuana does." He went on to say "young persons are most likely to take up alcohol and tobacco first, and move to marijuana than the other way around." All the pros and cons have evidently beep weighed by the N1DA, including the brain damage studies done on monkeys in Tulane University, and studies showing no damage on in Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Greece recently. Doctor Dupont stated that heavy marijuana use can cause respiratory problems and driving under i t s i n f l u e n c e industrial equipment are ill advised acts, but marijuana lacks the life threatening overdose threat that is associated with alcohol, and lacks health consequences that is associated with the use of tobacco., Doctor Dupont also advocated away with jail penalties for marijuana users. He said "We do not have t h r e a t e n y o u n g imprisonment to discourage use of marijuana." It's time for the Mississippi Legislature to take note of these findings, and re-write the laws regarding possession of small amounts of m a r i j u a n a . We Governor Finch's program to lock . heroin pushers up for good, but quit wasting our time busting kids possession of marijuana. Every year we wait another half a million Americans are given a permanent criminal record. It's time to stop. Douglas A. Tims, State Coordinator Mississippi Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws y

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  1. The Delta Democrat-Times,
  2. 17 Feb 1976, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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