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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LkTMBRIOGE HERAID Thursday, December S, 1970 Marijuana smoking will 1 acceptable LONDON (Renter) Mari- juana smoking will become as socially acceptable within 10 years as tobacco or alcohol, a email but growing number of scientists says. These proponents of "pot" say present laws against soft drugs in most parts of the world are as unenforceable as the United States' ban on alcohol during the 1920-'33 Prohibition period. But the great majority of sci- entists oppose pot. They main- tain it often leads to the use of "killer" hard drugs such as her- oin, opium and cocaine. Soft and hard been uswl sirice ancient times, but not on the growing scale of the modern world. A Reuter worid survey shows dozens of medical and legal studies are under way to determine whether marijuana can take its place alongside alcohol and to- bacco as a socially-acceptable way to relax. In Canada, for example, a royal commission is touring the country to determine future government drug policy. The commission reports increasing usage of drugs. SHRUG OFF ALCOHOL The Reuter survey shows the young generation is turning in greater numbers to pot and shrugging off alcohol as an affl- iction suffered by their parents. One point is certain. If pot be- came legal, it would destroy lu- crative worldwide trade by men who operate outside the law, the traffickers, producers and ped- lars. Prof. John Kaplan, a criminal law expert at Stanford Univer- sity in California, has forecast that pot-smoking will be legal in Britain within tin's decade. He said it would protect youngsters from being involved hi the drug underworld. Kaplan rejects the view that the majority of people who start on plant base of eventually to hard drugs. "It is crazy logic to outlay; marijuana and accept al- cohol and are more dangerous he says. On the other hand, the United Nations World Health Organiza- tion, based in Geneva, believes pot can lead to drug dependence just as alcohol can produce al- coholics. Dr. Dale Cameron, a U.S. member of W.H.O.'s drug de- pendence committee, reports that 75 per cent of America's heroin addicts admitted starting with marijuana. HAZARD TO HEALTH Last summer, President Nixon reported a preliminary government study of pot showed it was a greater health hazard than many people suspected. But the National Institute of Mental Health, which is con- ducting the study, has not drawn any final conclusions. Recently, a group appointed by Nixon to investigate the problem of individual violence found that tte use of marijuana was increasing nt "a staggering pace." It recommended mari- juana be legalized, mainly be- cause present laws against its consumption were ineffective. The trend in most countries has been to erase or reduce penalties for soft drug users and increase the punishment for traffickers. The South American republic of Colombia has ruled out pot smoking as a criminal offence. In Denmark, too, the personal use or possession of small quantities does not lead to auto- matic prosecution. Peter Schioler, a Danish gov- ernment consultant on drugs, says, "We are convinced that if we criminalize all the young people who use cannabis, we shall create bigger social prob- lems than are created by its use." NO PENALTIES SET In many Asian countries, soft drugs are used extensively, often without any legal penal- ties. Singapore officials say that ganja, a local form of mari- juana, is gaining popularity among the young despite a new government campaign against traffickers. In Indonesia, the fine for cas- ual pot smokers is only but the government is preparing stiffer penalties to stem an in- flux of lu'ppies to beautiful Bali Island. Hong Kong, a centre for opium smokers, is too con- cerned about its hard drug problem to worry much about marijuana. But hi Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea, soft drug laws are tougher than ever. The Philippines takes a leni- ent view toward pot. An esti- mated four out of five students in some colleges use it. In Japan, authorities take a harsh line against drug usage. A public opinion poll in Aus- tralia last month showed 84 per cent of those questioned were against legalizing pot. The French government makes no distinction between marijuana and hard drugs. An interior ministry spokesman said, "Marijuana is the first step toward heroin. Our attitude will not change." TAKE STRONG STANDS Spam and Italy adopt equally strong attitudes against drugs. In West Germany, a few voices in the academic and medical fields suggest legaliza- tion of marijuana. 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The country has launched its own in- vestigation into the whole prob- lem. Meanwhile, drugs of all kinds remain illegal. The British government is preparing legislation to provide harsher penalties for trafficking sion or use. But there is no offi- cial move legalizing marijuana. A Gallup poll found that 75 per cent of Britons between the ages of 15 and 19 oppose any move to legalize marijuana. A report by two medical ex- perts said there was no school in Britain where pupils did not experiment with drugs. URGES MORE TRADE LONDON (AP) British trade with South Africa should be strongly encouraged, An- thony Grant, parliamentary un- dersecretary for trade, said Wednesday after an eight-day visit to South Africa. Grant said long term trade prospects with South Africa are favorable, but added he did not dascuss arma- ments during his visit. Co-ops win federal charters OTTAWA (CP) A bill prov- iding for federal incorporation of cooperatives that operate in more than one province was given third and final reading in the Commons and sect to the Senate The bill was given yjianimous approval by all parties. Under present law, only provincial charters are available for co-op- eratives operating in several provinces. r uuliioeiuL i-ccuici i. Douglas said it was a "red let- ter day for co-operatives" which would te able to compete with the huge federally-chartered corporations. Robert McCIeave fax-East Hants'; said the bill, sponsored by Corporate Affairs Minister Ron Basford, recog- nizes that co-operatives now op- erate in more than one province and that the government is giv- ing its blessing to what is al- ready in effect. It is estimated some 40 co-op- eratives will be able to seek in- corporation under the legisla- tion. 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