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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 60. The letKbrukje Herald AI.BKUTA, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 31 PAGES Province almost wrecked Quebec trouble after nine grim (AP Wirephoto) AT STAKE Eight men, billed as among the world's best poker players, concen- trate on Ihe deal during the "World Series of Poker" in Las Vegas. Each man storied with SI 000 and will play until he loses it all or beats the other seven and collects The "tournament" began Wednesday ond was ex- pected to end sometime Thursday. The annual game is sponsored by a Las Vegas casino. Drug report By THE CANADIAN PRESS The recommendation from the Le Dain commission nn the use of non-medical drugs that penalties tor .simple possession of and hashish- be removed drew praise and damnation Wednesday. Spokesmen for some church, social and medical groups welcomed the move while justice and police officials took an opposite view. Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia left little room for doubt where his feelings lay. "I'm opposed to tho legalization of these drugs, period, double period, triple period." Premier William Davis of Ontario had no comment nn Wednesday's report but announced the establishment of a committee to assess its findings and recommenda- tions. Eldon Woolliamf. Progressive justice critic in Par- liament, said he and his party oppose the recommen- dation. The report, tabled in the Commons Wednesday, rec- ommended that trafficking remain a criminal offence. But the commissioners suggested definitions for traf- ficking which could exclude a person giving another person cannabis without seeking or making a profit. In addition tliu report recommends in effect that the onus be on the police to prove intent to traffic. Newfoundland's Justice Minister T. Alex Hiekman was unhappy with the legalization recommendation. He said penalties for traffickers should be harsh. John Anderson of the United Church of Canada, however, if as ''an obvious skip." Mi'. Anderson, special assistant in the church's di- vision of mission in Canada, said that "basically, the marijuana issue is a matter of personal choice, not something that should be legislated." Dr. Tom Porter, assistant secretary of the Ontario Medical Association, said the organization recom- mended last year" that tile possession of cannabis be legal. He also applauded the commission's attempts to de- fine trafficking, saying that. I his was a major area of concern for Ihc association. Would, be Paul Johnston, youth director of Toe Alpha You'll Movement, a private organization that provides infor- mation about drug and alcohol use, said the legaliza- tion of cannabis possession would be "a positive step." But, he said, the recommendation comes "after the and persons arrested for possession of cannabis no Ion tier are harshly dealt with by the court. Deputy Chief .lack Ackroyd of the Toronto police force .said lhat if tlv1 possession of cannabis is legalized "we'll ?ec an increase in the accident, rale and, 1 sup- pose. Ibn crime; rate.'1 Ho. said he has always been opposed lo criminal records or jail sentence for first offenders, but docs not believe legalizing possession is the answer. Dr. l.ioiu-! SoliiMis'i, a psychiatrist and drug expert dismissed the report as a "purely political document which cost several millions of dollars to produce." Dr. Solursh outlined the choices facing the com- missinn total prohibition, total approval, or tho "politically Miund" choices of partial prohibition nr regulation. Mermuhile, a special committee of Ihe t'niled tio'is Economic and Social Council approved a rosohi- recommending governments apply "Ihe most se- vere control measures" lo prevent illicit traffic in marijuana. miM-iivo, now goes before the 27-mcmher council, ab'.i regret that "unfounded slaUi- nienls are brim; spread to the dfc.el. that cannabis is lint a dangerous DOSi JL McGovern stalked By JEAN HELLER BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) Arthur Brcmcr, the busboy-jani- tor charged with shooting George C. Wallace, carried in his car two books about the as- sassination of Senator Robert J1'. Kennedy and some of Senator George McGovern's presidential campaign literature. The latter started federal au- thorities looking into the possi- bility that Bremer also may have been following McGovern, Ihe current leader in Demo- cratic delegate standings. An inventory of items found in Bremcr's 1967 blue two-door hardtop included McGovern and Wallace campaign literature. "On that a source close to the investigation said, "we are checking out the possi- bility that Bremer may have been stalking McGovern, too." Bremer. 21, of Milwaukee, is being held in Baltimore County jail at. Towson, Md., under ?200.000 bail. Also found in Bremer's car vas a copy ol the book, RFK Must Die. by Robert Kaiser, about Sirhan Sirhan. the man convicted of assassinating Sena- tor Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, and another book, Sirhan, the Aziz Shihab. Both book.s were from the Mil- waukee public library. WONT WALK AGAIN At Silver Spring, meanwhile, although in good spirits and po- litically enthusiastic. Wallace, paralysed by an assassin's bul- let, probably will bo unable to resume his fight for the Demo- cratic presidential nomination, even from a wheelchair. Doctors say one of the .33- calibre bullets that ripped into his body may leave Wallace crippled for life. He is paralys- ed from the waist down. Wallace, shot four or five times at close range, was alert and vigorous Wednesday when visited by his family and friends, hut doctors attending the 52 year old governor were becoming increasingly pessimistic about his chances of walking again. SAIGON (AP) A South Vi- etnamese relief column moved lo within 2'j miles of the be- sieged provincial capital of An Loc today, making its biggest advance in six weeks, field re- ports said. The carrier Saratoga joined the battle to lift the six-week siege of the devastated town GO miles north of Saigon. It was the carrier's first combat sincg she was commissioned in 1956. Moving behind hundreds of bombs dropped by jets from tho Saratoga and from U.S. B-52 Slratofortresses, the South Viet- namese met no determined re- Msiance from North Vietnamese forces, the field reports said. The U.S. command confirmed an earlier report from South Vi- ension OTTAWA If the Se- nate co-operates a.s it has in the past, ponsinners in ('anada will get increased cheques in June. And indications arc thai if v fovrrnmont. efforts lo get old-age and vet- (MS; il ill lime for tho.se only The governmcnl says to hit June cheques the two pieces of legislation must gel through Parliament by Friday. The Commons gave third and finnl rending to vclomis pen- sions increases Tuesday and .sent them to the Senate for ap- proval. Wednesday 11 failed lo get the pension increases Ihrniijih third Hill il sun1 this would lie done willi consequent forward- ing to Ihc Scnale, etnamese headquarters that 300 North Vietnamese troops were killed by a B-52 strike two days ago southwest of An Loc. The nightly shelling by the North Vietnamese to 500 rounds, all mortars, followed weeks of heavy artillery and rocket bar- rages that ran into thousands of rounds nightly. FIND IT SIGNIFICANT U.S. officers said they consi- dered it significant that only mortars were used. They said this could indicate the North Vi- etnamese were running low on artillery and rocket ammuni- tion, or perhaps pulling back, but they could not be certain. Anti-aircraft fire also has been reduced sharply, the offi- cers said. They said a big North Vietnamese ammunition dump north of An Loc had de- stroyed by air strikes, and Ibis could account for the reduction in firepower. DESTROY MISSILE SITE The strikes also destroyed one North Vietnamese ground-to-air missile site just north of the DMZ. Warships of the 7th Fleet p o u n d e d coastal targets in North Vietnam and in return came under heavy artillery fire, (he. statement said. None of the ships was hit. The arrival of the 78.000-ton Saratoga from Ihe Allantie boosted tho 7th Fled, lo six car- riers for Ihe first time in tho war anil increased the offshore U.S. naval force to about 4C.OOO men aboard more than CO ships. Phil Ksposilo lo clou n the social fahru', They want to rid ot they fall a capitalist ard colonial they want to join forces in cast's with separatism lo de- stroy Ihe country in which are living." said the prime min- i.ster. ;