Medicine: Penalties and Programs

While the A.M.A. was staging its medical symposium on marijuana, President Nixon announced a national drive against narcotics and other drugs rated dangerous. Nixon asked Congress to impose stiff penalties for violations, and to make federal drug-abuse law more consistent. Now the penalty for sale of marijuana is two to ten years in prison for a first offender, while sale of the far more dangerous LSD carries only a maximum one-year term. The Administration asked Congress to set from five to 20 years as the penalty for sale of both drugs. It will also propose a uniform law for the 50...

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