Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 163
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September 10, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 163

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With Vouth by ^Pamela Swift More on Pot Vtore man one-tourth "ot the 11.000 undergraduates at Oxford University, traditionally one of the bastions of Great Britain's educational estab- ; ishment, regularly smoke marijuana, according to a recent student survey. Conceivably these students could be protecting themselves from an "'attack of glaucoma, an eye disease characterized by excessive fluid pressure on the eyeball. An accidental discovery during research into the effects of smoking marijuana suggests that pot may be effective in treating glaucoma, a major cause of blindness. Marijuana's effect in reducing pressure levels within the eye was discovered last November at UCLA during a study on how marijuana · Smoking affects driving ability. The study was carried out with 30 healthy subjects, aged 21 to 29. by Dr. Ira Frank and Dr. Stephen Szara who discovered that pot-smoking did not affect visual clearness, color, depth perception, or peripheral vision. .,.,. During the eye tests, however. Dr. Robert Hepler. a UCLA ophthalmologist, determined that marijuana significantly reduced internal eye pressure. This does not mean, of course, that marijuana is a specific for glaucoma. What it does signify, however, is how relatively little medical science still knows about marijuana, its virtues and its faults. Most research- _ers agree, however, that it is a far less dangerous drug than alcohol, which is the most harmful and widely-used drug in the nation. The number of American college students favoring the legalization of marijuana has increased markedly in the past two years. According to a campus opinion survey by the Unidex Corporation of Bloomington. Ind., six out of every NO collegians now favor legalizing marijuana. A PRETTY ADDITION TO THE CAMPUS POPULATION. Mere College Students Before this decade is out. enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities will increase 55 percent to a total of 13.3 million by 1980. The projection was made hy the National Center for Educational Statistics. Its implications are interesting and complex in that literan/, advertising journalistic, and entertainment standards--in fact the entire cultural level-will have, to rise to meet the educational level of 1980. Bias in Germany In prevent discrimination ngainst black troops in West Germany. Ilia U.S. has declared 35 German hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants "off limits" to all U.S. troops, regardless of color, stationer/ in or (rave/ing in Germany, /·'or years it has been extremely difficult for the black U.S. soldier. stationed in West Germany, to get o sf/iinre deal. So much discrimination has been practiced against him Ihat the U.S. command has been forced to investigate some 4100 German establishments. Of this 'number 123 have been charged with discriminating against U.S. servicemen, 73 against all U.S. servicemen. 50 against black U.S. servicemen. One charge levied against today's youth concerns their relative lack of respect for law and order. Why, for example, do they refer to the police as "pigs"? Why do they accuse the police of doing the establishment's dirty work? Why do they say, truthfully in many cases, that the polke "hassle" the young, the long-hairs, the minorities and overlook the transgressions of the wealthy? One reason is that youngsters are convinced that in metropolitan areas, large segments of the police force are blatantly corrupt. Take New York City, which has the largest police force of any city in the world. According to the Knapp Commission headed by Wall Street lawyer Whitman Knapp, corruption in the Police Department there is so widespread and staggering that New Yorkers have lost faith in their police force and "just don't trust policemen to investigate each other." In New York it is not just a case of "a few rotten apples in the barrel"--if is a case of such endemic corruption that the Knapp Commission believes "the criminal laws The Police and Yoafn against gambling should be repealed" and "the police should in any event be relieved from any responsibility for the enforcement of gambling laws or regulations." Many of "New York's Finest," according to the Knapp Commission, collect and distribute payoffs, ranging from $1500 to $3500 a month. They extort money from prostitutes, numbers racketeers, narcotics salesmen, businessmen, from any source available. "Of course," the commission hedges, "not all policemen are corrupt." But the report continues: "With extremely rare exceptions, even those who themselves engage in no corrupt activities are involved in corruption in the sense that they take no steps to prevent what they know or suspect is going on around them. "Our conclusion that corruption is widespread throughout the department is based on the fact that information supplied to us by hundreds of sources within and without the department was consistently borne out by specific observations made in areas we were able to investigate in detail." In general, police are most respected in small communities where they are known to the people among whom they live. PATROLMAN.VISITS BAYONNE. N.,.. HIGH SCHOOL FOR A RAP SESSION SO YOUTHS CAN GET TO KNOW AND RESPECT POLICE. I'ARADt. · SEPTEMBER 10. 1972

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