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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 Wt IETHBMMI KtftAlB Wrtnwdey, Mmarf "7I-------------------------------------- Marijuana is big, big business Tobacco firms turning to pot By CHARLES FOLEY Londoa Observer Sen'ico aW FRANCISCO Mari- juana is now as American as Spiro Agnew's daughter or so say forward thinking exec- utives of U.S. tobacco firms who have been covertly eyeing the underground market in officially valued at well over a billion dollars a year. The real figure, say western entrepeneurs, is nearer three times that sum, and now that the possibilities of legal manu- facture are being discussed in the boardrooms, bootleg sup- pliers are organizing to safe- guard their interests. Long before New Year's day, when the Government shut down a million advertising industry by banning cigarette commercials on television, the tobacco men had been busy on contingency planning one firm is allegedly running a fur- tive sales test scheme in Ha- waii. At the start the big manu- facturers would market their joints at about two shillings each, (25c) well under current blackmaTket prices. Business sources predict the end the marijuana ban will follow the close of the Nixon era, for the soundly ail-Ameri- can reason that the swollen costs of the "new prohibition" exceed any good it may do. En- forcement costs in Californii alone are now running at million a year and courts are clogged with untried cases. Al ready 23 states have eased pen- alties, with more to follow. Former U.S. Attorney John Kaplaii, a Stanford University aw professor and an authority on the subject, said this week hat marijuana "could and should" be legalised. He in- clines to a Government monop- oly which would rule out ad- vertising. Packets of the weed, graded by strength and heavily taxed, might be sold in Gov- ernment licensed shops. Mr. Kaplan believes this optn sys- Sem would discourage usage, particularly by teenagers. Rev- enue would help to step up con- trol of "hard" drugs. But the Underground does not mean to yield its rich, quasi-sacred grass market to the big money men. "It's the economic basis of the counter- culture" says Mr. Blah- New- man, a prominent San Francis- co pot advocate. "We have to keep it out of the hands of the tobacco tycoons." Believing leg- islation will come "within three verrs" Mr. Newman anc friends have formed a "philan- thropic, non-profit organisation called "Amorphia" to stake their claim. More confident still is a San Francisco consortium of pot dealers known, collectedly, as Felix the Cat. "Marijuana is legal" they say in publicity for their bold new venture a packaged, filter-tipped brand o pot cigarettes named "Grass- masters." One "Mr. Felix" spokesman for the group told a radio sta jon interviewer that 320 deal- in the Bay are handling his irst consignment of car- ons. A packet of 18 joints now sells at but he hopes to pass savings to the smoker as usiness grows. By early spring they plan to have an automated oiling factory in Mexico and ro more, underground, in San "raneisco and Berkeley, with istribution centres from coast i coast. Wouldn't the police object? Oh sure. But the Government ust isn't willing to push this. Worldwide ban suggested on DDT By STEPHEN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) DDT and similar pesticides are believed by some to be harmful to humans. About 50 per cent of the DDT used for agriculture never reaches the crops it is designed to protect. Much of it is carried in the atmosphere to the oceans. It has been discovered in penguins in the Antarctic and petrels in Bermuda. It can re- main in the ocean environ- ment for up to 50 years, caus- ing damage to bird and mar- ine life and creating a critical situation in man's food sup- ply- Some scientists have re- ported it kills birds and fish, causes cancer in laboratory animals and fatal genetic damage in rats. Cancer victims, a United States government commis- sion reported recently, car- ried twice as much DDT in their bodies as victims of fatal accidents. Shouldn't it then be banned Election forum looms REGINA (CP) The 1971 session of the Saskatchewan leg- islature promises to provide yet another forum for concerted electioneering now gripping the province. There have been no hints of any major legislation being in- troduced at the session which opens Tuesday, Feb. 16. two weeks later than originally in- tended. Opposition spokesmen believe Liberal Premier Ross Thatcher will cut the session short to allow preparation time for a spring vote. Short or long, the session likely will re echo with one over-riding topic of debate: the economy. Nominating meetings, already held in most provincial constitu- encies, have provided ready platforms for this debating issue. Opposition members headed by new leader Allan Blakeney. who has replaced retired NDP chieftain Woodrow Lloyd, have promised to bring the Liberals to task for the plight of the agri- cultural community and the economy in general. PRO.IECTS ANXOUStKi) Make-work prnJRiit.s involving more than SI 5 million have been announcer! by the Liberal gov- ernment. The opposit i o n says this is far short of adequate. The critics have not been si- lenced, either, by optimistic v.'ords of larger grain sales in IflTl improving the province's agriculture-based economy. Mr. Blakcncy. who Iwpss to improve on his party's slnnriing of 24 scats, has accused tha Lib- erals of attempting to draw the spnl light from agricul- tural problems. worldwide, as it is banned fa Canada and a number of other countries? FILLS VITAL ROLE Not necessarily, say two American researchers who re- cently compiled a comprehen- sive report on ocean pollution. .While outlining the dangers of DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons to the marine environment, they say the substances appear essential for countries fighting such in- sect-born diseases as malaria. The two men are Oscar Schachter and Daniel Serwer, director of research and as- sistant research fellow, re- spectively, of the UN institute of training and research. Their report appeared in the American Journal of Interna- tional Law. They quote one expert as saying that the levels oi DDT in the oceans may be ap- proaching levels associated with the collause of fisheries in fresh-water areas. They say that DDT and sim- ilar pesticides can adversely affect phytonlankton, the min- ute life in the oceans that is the bottom of the fish-eat-fish feed chain. This effect could be critical to man's food re- sources, they say. They add that the only way to control pollution from chlorinated hydrocarbons is to discontinue their use, for they cannot be degraded, disperses or collected after use. But there is no known en tirely satisfactory substitute for them and thev are essen tial for insect-born disease control in many countries The World Health Organiza tion has said DDT should no he banned worldwide becausi of its importance in malaria control. MEASURES SUGGESTED The research .-rs suggest in lei-national met nires to cc-or dinate a planned reduction in the use of the .pesticides. A the same time there should be regulation of trade in them and standards should be se for their use. Because any substitutes would be more expensive, de- veloping countries would need subsidies if they had to use them. The researchers warn that there probably will be an in- crease in DDT pollution of (lie oceans, if for r.o other reason than the pesticide already is in the atmosphere and on the way to the ocean. "Several species of marine birds have already deci- mated by reproductive fail- ures due to chlorinated hydro- carbons, and extinction of some of these species appears j they loss of several bird species may not seem to out- uuich the health benefits of chlorinated pesticides, but the long-term effect of these losses on marine ecology is not yet known, "Nor. for that matter. Is there any reason to believe that chlorinated hydrocarlwns will affect only bird popula- tions. "No final accounting can be rnr.de until all the cosu are reported." It's like the last days of Pro- hibition when beer trucks drove around openly. I hope to have some trucks "painted with our Felix symbol soon." How was business? "We turn about a ton of grass a month in the San Francisco area. That's worth a quarter-million dollars." Mr. Felix claims to have a bail fund reserve of mil- lion and is prepared for two Supreme Court appeals in the next couple of years. "Then we'll be out in the clear." A REAL GENERATION GAP The generation gap Warsaw, catching both the photographer'! ond is something a lot of people talk about these days but imagination. this one is for real. It all happened on a park bench in Friends, Romans, Countrymen... Trade-in your watches! Bring that old lunkie of a watch in to Peoples. We'll give you a trade-in allowance of up to 50% on any new watch displayed in the store. Depend on Peoples to lower prices, not to raise them. Come in to select a beautiful, new watch just to unbwy an old one. Clean out your chest of drawers .oflunkies useless. For the old can now save you com on the new. 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