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                                                                                                                 less debilitating than alcohol. C.M.I, agrees that
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                                                                                                                 regardless ol the drug in question, the dangerous
                                                                                                                 conduct performed under itsinfluence is properly
                                                                                                                 subject to regulationand punishment. The second
                                                                                                                 paragraph expresses this principle.
                                                                                                                                       Campaign
                                                                                                                    The campaign will stress three major themes: |
                                                                                                                 the lack of any evidence that marijuanause poses
                                                                                                                 a serious enough threat to anyone tobe criminally
                                                              MARIJUANA                                          punished, the tremendous costs of criminalizing
                                                                                                                 use. and the value in personal freedom:
                                                                                                                    1. It will be necessary to dispell misconceptions
                                                                                                                 which still persist among some Californians that
                                                                                                                 marijuanais somehow related to violence,mental
                                                                                                                 illness, sexual depravity, drug addiction, and
                                                             INITIATIVE:                                         motivational degeneracy. Despite a growing
                                                                                                                 amount of reliable research on marijuana use.
                                                                                                                 and despitea dramatic increase in marijuanause
                                                                                                                 itself, these dire connections have failed to
                                                                                                                 materialize;either in the laboratoryor in the so-
                                                                                                                 ciety at large. All indications are that the vast
                                                                                                                 majority of marijuana users consume the drug
                                                                                                                 without any demonstrable harm toanyone. This is
                                                                                                                 not to say that marijuana is harmless, because
                                                              making it a                                        almost any drug in sufficient doses can be
                                                                                                                 dangerous. However, it is clear that given
                                                                                                                 comparable doses, marijuana use has not been
                                                                                                                 shown to be any more harmful than such house-
                                                                                                                 hold drugs as tobacco, alcohol and coffee: and
                                                                                                                 indications are that it is less harmful than any of
                                                                                                                 these three. And it is equally clear that in a society
                                                                                                                 like ours that values freedom, conduct should not
                                                              personal and                                       he criminal unless it can be shown to be harmful.
                                                                                                                    2. Costs of criminalization are complex and
                                                                                                                 staggering:
                                                                                                                    (a) Costs to taxpayersand citizens. The cost ol
                                                                                                                 prosecuting the marijuana laws isa double-edged
                                                                                                                 sword. Tens of millions of dollars are spent
                                                                                                                 annually to arrest, prosecute, try. incarcerate,
   The initiative is not an endorsement of mari-
 juana: rather it is a recognition that the use of
                                                              non-criminal                                       and "rehabilitate" harmless marijuana users,
                                                                                                                 while the police, prosecutors, courts, jails, and
 marijuana is a personal choice and that for the
                                                                                                                 probation authorities cannot adequately handle
                                                                                                                 the crimes of violence, coercion and deceit.
 welfare of the user,his family and friends, and the                                                                                     is impossible to measure in
                                                                                                                        (b) llumanrosts.lt
 society as a whole, users should not be treated as
                                                                                                                 dollars and cents the human suffering imposed
 criminals.                                                                                                      upon those apprehended by police for marijuana
     The initiative isintended to remove all criminal
  penalties andcivil liabilities from personal use of
  marijuana in' all of its aspects from planting to
                                                              choice                                             use. and upon their families and friends. To the
                                                                                                                 apprehended user (who. in the majority of cases,
                                                                                                                 has had no prior criminal record) the arrest, pre-
  consumption. The meaning of personal use is
                                                                                                                 trial incarceration, bail-bond application, and
  intended to be broad enough to accord the same                                                                 court proceedings are very expensive, terrifying
  non-commercial freedoms to marijuanausers as                                                                                                     —
                                                                                                                 and demeaning.The experience whether or not
  are enjoyedby alcohol and tobacco users, such as       federal law.
                                                                                                                 it results in a jail sentence
                                                                                                                                               — seriously disrupts
  the freedom to preparequantities for personaIuse           The second paragraph actually adds nothing to       career, education, family, friendships, and lifein
  and freedom to share it at parties or among            the legal effect of the petition. It was included to
                                                         allay the anxieties regarding reckless drivingand       general. Even a short jail sentence will expose the
  friends. However, the initiative' does not effect                                                              marijuanauser to a world of vastly more serious
  existing statutes regarding sale, possession for       other reckless conduct performed under the in-
                                                          fluence of marijuana. And. although the weight of      drug use and crime: and a criminal record
  sale and other activities associated with sale.
                                                         research indicates that marijuanais significantly       seriously impedes his ability to find work.
   which remain criminal under both state and



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  Question: You complainconstantly about druu            public service or organizedresearch programs of           '\   Vol. 4 /No. 32/Tuesaay, February 22, 1972
abuse, yet when it comes down to doing some-             the University.                                                   New Vuioersitw is published twice-
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thing about it, you don't. In fact, you stand in the
                               —                            Question: Could you define "rehabilitation" as         ■
                                                                                                                   ' weekly os Tuesdaw ami Fridaw tke owXn
way of solving the problem       why did you kill        it relates to our California prisons and comment            mouths Of October. November. Febrmart.
                                         ...
expansionof the mcthadonc program a proven               on the effectiveness of the present system and the
                                                                                                       — Kay       1 April
                                                                                                                           and Mam; the lirsi week bj Decembc.
                                                                                                                     March ami Hoe; and the last three weeks of
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solution to heroin addiction? In addition, why did       changes you might consider necessary?                     '
you veto money for the University of California           Wiekett, Seripps                                                    b* the Communications Boar* of
Drug Abuse Information project?              Ken            Reagan: I   would say that an ex-felon is "reha-       , Jmwarw
                                                                                                                     the Associated Students of the UutversttM
Rosenfield, (,'laremont                                  bilitated" when he isable to consistently obeythe         , of California. Irvine.
  Reagan: California is doing more than any              laws of this society, deal with the stresses and
other state to combat the drug abuse problem.            strains of lifeina sociallyacceptablemanner,and
Our approach has been a comprehensive one.                to provide for himself to thebest of his ability.Our           Nowrttaoamt*- mam subscribe to the New Uwh
including the area of education, law enforce-            prison system has dozens of programs to help its                versUv at a coat of $2.00 mar quarter.
ment, research, treatment and rehabilitation. We         inmatesachieve this. Theseprograms rangefrom
have appropriated large sums of money lor                 vocational and academic training to psychologi-               THE 8TAFF: Rick Teplltz and Bob Good-
                                   fact, have support-   cal and psychiatric counselling. However many                  win, co-editors; Pam Lelstner, managing
methadone programs and. in
ed legislation to permit the creation andimprove-         programs a prison system makes available, the                 "attor, Bill Betts, associate editor; Mike
ment of methadone programs. Hut methadone is              inmate must himself decide that he is going to                Kreutzer, business manager; Bill Half man,
not a panacea to the narcotic problem.                   change his way of life. Until the inmate makes                 advertising manager; Lee Solow, editorial
    The bill I vetoed, in my opinion,placed respon-       that decision, all attempts at "rehabilitation" will          director, Mark Northcross, news research
sibility for the supervision of methadone                fail.                                                          director; Kathy McKerma, campus news ed-
programs in the wrong agency, and appropriated             Although our prison system is among the most                  itor, Dave Wilson, fine arts editor, Dave
 vast sums of money lor programs which experts           progressive in the world, thereare alwaysways in               Johnson, sports editor; Robert 'sliten;
in the field were unwillingto say were necessary.        which to improve it.TheI imitationsof this column              photo editor, LeeAnn Whites and Laura Ud-
 We are. at this time, doing a study of the effec-       do not permit me to go into detail on the improve-             denberg, women's editors; Rick Sakal, pro-
 tiveness of methadone programs and will this            ments we are now instituting. Some of our major
year propose a comprehensive drug abuse treat-           innovations have been the family visiting and                   duction advisor; STAFF: Ken Bentley,
                                                         work furlough programs. Also, the probation                     Mark Reslg, Mark Weber, Chuck Nachand.
ment program which will include methadone                                                                               Larry Shyer, Roxanna Poe, Sue Josephs,
 treatment.                                              subsidy programhas helped to reduce our prison
    The University of California Drug Abuse Infor-       population far below that when Itook office. We                Wendy Lot land, Don Sumnlchl, 81u Altshu*
mation Project appropriation was cut from                are always appreciative of suggestions as to how                ler, Mike Carnahanr Sue 8tuller, Jeff Ja-
$80,000 to $10,000 because project officials them-       to make our prison rehabilitation programs more                 cobs, Lorrle Reuter, Steve Sllverman,
selves told us that $10,000 would keep the project       successful. Oin- hope would be that our efforts to              Mark Zakarln, Diane Isenberg; ART
going as it had in the past. The balance of the          rehabilitate those committed to the state prison                STAFF: Rob Sawcnuck, Brad Oonenfeld,
                                                         system '\ill ultimately make most of our prisons
appropriation was to be used for undefined
                                                         unnecessary.                                                    John. Blair, Pete Williams, Jerry Wood-
research and evaluation proposals. Financial                                                                              ward. Noel Patton, and Jim Thrasher.
support [or these proposals could havecome from           Address all letters to: P.O. Box 601. Claremont.
the substantial funds already appropriated for           Calif. 01711

				
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