ERIC Number: ED043047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Psychiatrists, Marihuana and the Law: A Survey.
Marihuana which has an indigenous history in our country is smoked by approximately 20 million Americans. Its main effects are on the brain and they are mediated by the personality of the user and the situation in which the drug is taken. Studies have demonstrated that it is not addictive and that it produces no permanent effects, but since evidence is far from conclusive psychiatrists and physicians do not agree on the meaning of marihuana in our lives. The use of marihuana by the younger generation is part of a cultural change and will continue to increase despite present laws which have made criminals out of numerous youngsters and have led to increased difficulties in law enforcememt. In order to help alleviate drug problems we need: (1) research to define the properties of marihuana in the laboratory, clinically and in the community; (2) adequate treatment for drug abuse which must be separated from the limited topic of marihuana; (3) hones t and effective drug education programs; and (4) the removal of all criminal penalties from the use, sale, and possession of marihuana, amphetamines, psychedelics, and narcotic drugs. (RSM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. School of Medicine.; Lafayette Clinic, Detroit, MI.; American Orthopsychiatric Association, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the American Orthopsychiatric Association Convention, San Francisco, California, March 23-26, 1970