The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 22, 1976 · Page 16
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 16

Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, December 22, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PACK lf> December 22, 1976 Marijuana Reform Likely 6y DAVIE E. ANDERSON WASHINGTON (UPI) Unlike the 1972 presidential campaign, the issue of'the reform of marijuana laws was not a big issue in the recent campaign, nor, like the issue of amnesty, is it one the new administration is expected to give a high priority. -But advocates of marijuana law reform — reform aimed at loosening the criminal penalties surrounding the private use of pot — believe they now have the ammunition to force a major change in the way marijuana is;, treated by the federal government. . Under current federal law, marijuana is classified as a "schedule one" dangerous drug with no known medical use and, like heroin, is a prohibited substance. The ammunition came in the form of a court decision in the District of Columbia where Robert Randall, a 28- yeaj-old speech teacher, was acquitted on charges of possession of marijuana on the grounds that he had a medical and therefore legal necessity for the drug. "The Randall case is the convincing piece of evidence that ,'will force a re'c lassi f i ca tion o'f marijuana," says . Keith Stroup, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORMLhas been in the courts since 1972 arguing that the Department of Health, Education and Welfare should hold reclassification hearings. In early December they argued their case once again between the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, using the Randall precedent, and Stroup was confident the court would direct the hearings be held. Randall, butressed by medical testimony, argued that he suffers from glaucoma — an eye disease that inevitably results in blindness — but that smoking marijuana successfully retarded the advancement of the disease. "There will be a serious effort to force the reclassification of'marijuana this year," Stroup said, "either through administrative action, with the Drug Enforcement Administration acting, or through a congressional amendment if the DBA drags • its feet too long." In reclassification, the reform advocates would like marijuana set as a schedule five drug — the equivalent of over-the-counter cough syrups — but would be happy with even a slightly tougher reclassification which would make the drug available by prescription for therapeutic use. "Equally important," says Stroup, "the issue of imagery has now been decided in our favor. People are awakened to the fact that marijuana is not the degenerative drug the propaganda has always said but that it may be a* helpful drug." He said there would be decriminalization 'legislation would be introduced in some 30-34 states after the first of the year and that Randall would be testifying in many of them. Eight states already have decriminalization laws which remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana for private use. ARIES MAR. 21 »APR. ti 2-23-39-46 53-66-73 • ^111/32- TAURUS AM- W KAY 2" 11-19-21-28 -37-52 GEMINI J)0 HA1 21 'fj^JUNC 20 ?\56-S5-S9.« ^72-7BJ3J8| CANCER M 3-25-35-41 7-84-87 LEO wa L/*(/e. 22 ,4- 5- 7-U 17-24-31 VIRGO S x AUG. 23 ^-iepr. 2 ?\42-47-56-58 -Bj- CLAY R. POLLAN- M Vour Daily Activity Guide £L 'T According to the Stun. ~* To develop message for Thursday, read words corresponding to numbers of your Zodiac birth sign. 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II .% 33-38-43-4? 6577-81-9< riscii "•; " S MX*. J0 ( ^ 20-26-30-3* 54^9-75 Warm wishes for ^ Ha^py Holiday! One of the joys of Christmas is the opportunity to say thank you for your trust and confidence. "INSURANCE PLANNING IS MORE THAN JUST OUR NAME...IT'S OUR BUSINESS." INSURANCE PLANNING INC. '.' Northridge Plaza 625-5605 it will be difficult for a legislator to keep sending young people to jail for doing the same thing Randall does legally," he said. NORML has also been in touch with the President-elect Jimmy Carter's transition team, reminding them of Carter's campaign position favoring decriminalization and urgjng "that the Carter administration assume a leadership role in decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses under federal law." While Stroup is confident that perhaps as many as half the states will have decriminalized marijuana by the 1978 elections, he said "many states will not change their marijuana laws so long as the federal ... law remains as a model." "We are asking for an amendment to the federal law to remove marijuana smokers from the jurisidiction of the federal law altogether," he said. Whether Carter acts or not, NORML is confident that the turning point in marijuana reform has been reached and its basically all down hill from here. Santa Aided Unieaionable w*athor and the lack of mow In St. Louis cauted Santa Claut to call upon the Coast Ouard to atdtt him with a pre-Chrlitmaf appointment Tuesday. Santo was scheduled to arrive at a children's Christmas party and his sleigh was unusable on the 'dry cobblestones of the St. Louis levy, so a boat was dispatched to take him to the festivities. (UPI Photo) SHOP SKAGGS DRUG CENTER - THE MOST DRUG STORE in TOWN! CHRISTMAS COREUE P1A1TERS TUMMY TRIMMER A STOREFULL OF APPLIANCE GIFTS FOR THOSE SPECIAL ONES! I WEEKDAY KECK VMS ^^ ^^ 88&.9AMI» 9PM FRY BUCKET MR. COFFEE II DOUBLE MAC T-FAL SKILLET •H. S».M , n MI. SKAGGS WILL BE CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY SO OUR EMPLOYEES MAY SPEND THE HOLIDAY WITH THEIR FAMIUES MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU FROM SKAGGS PANASOHIC PORTABLE TV TURQUOISE 3 LB. BRACKS OUR REC. $99.M •OUR REC. D/uui COME TO SKAGGS COUNTRY - WHERE THE SAVINGS ARE! WE WILL CLOSE 7 P.M. DEC. 24TH OPEN AGAIN SUNDAY, DEC. 26 12 NOON HOLE-IN-HANDLE PUNCH BOWL 100! OUR PLANT STAND gg RE0. $15.18

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