Medicine: The Perils of Pot

According to the most recent studies, some 24 million Americans have tried marijuana, and approximately 13 million smoke it at least occasionally. Last week the Government had both good and bad news for them. A White House adviser softened the Administration's stand against the abolition of legal penalties for marijuana use. But he suggested that the drug may well have serious effects on a smoker's health. Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, Dr. Robert L. DuPont, director of the President's special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, warned that marijuana's effects on the body may be more widespread and persistent than had...

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