Use of narcotics urged

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CHICAGO (AP) – Narcotics should be used more I often in easing unbearable pain in cancer patients, says an article in the latest issue of the American Medical Journal. “Most patients can be made relatively pain-free provided their pain is managed with patience in an individualized fashion,” I says the article. written by a team of doctors from Duke University Medical Centre and the Durham. N.C., Veterans Administration Medical Centre. The article adds that because there is little literature on the subject, “physicians often approach (pain in cancer patients) in a dogmatic fashion that serves the best interests of neither the patient nor the physician.”

Marijuana laws under microscope
By Howard Solomon (Herald staff writer)
JASPER- The Attorney General of Canada should ask Alberta drug prosecutors to seek conditional discharges for people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, says a resolution to be debated today at a meeting of Alberta lawyers. ‘The resolution. to be discussed at the annual meeting of the Alberta section of the Canadian Bar Association. notes only two per cent of people found guilty here of simple possession receive discharges from judges. . . one of the lowest percentages in Canada.

Minister wants to ease drug laws
CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) – The possession of marijuana intended for personal use should no longer be a criminal offense in Canada, secretary of state David Macdonald said Saturday. In interviews, MacDonald and two of the other three Progressive Conservative members of Parliament from Prince Edward Island agreed that the penalties for recreational Use of marijuana are too severe for the crime, and the laws should be changed.

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School advisory group seeks retention of marijuana laws

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By Bruce Patterson (Herald Banff bureau) BANFF
A national school advisory organization has called for the retention of current marijuana laws. The Canadian Home and School and Parent-Teacher Federation voted Friday to reverse its earlier stand on decriminalization at its annual meeting here. “We are very concerned about the child who is prosecuted for minor possession,” national president Tom Wilkinson told the Herald. But, he added, that recent medical evidence points to the fact that marijuana is not the harmless, recreational drug that many have claimed.

Look at whom?
Editor, The Albertan
In Fred Kennedy’s column in The Albertan of April 26, he says that “now that the movement to decriminalize marijuana has surfaced locally, it would not be a bad idea if the city drug squad took a quick look at these people.” Since he does not mention the name of this group, we must guess who he means. A D Charbonneau

Clark and marijuana laws
I hope that the Clark government will quickly put right what the previous government did not. That government spent over $4 million on the LeDain Commission report. in which four of its members recommended the decriminalization of marijuana and one member recommended the legalization of marijuana. Yet, in spite of this report and the growing agreement to its recommendations. that govemment paid nothing but lip service to that report. Since the LeDain report in 1971, while that government discussed what to do, over 200,000 Canadians were given criminal records for marijuana possession (department of health and welfare). This seems to me to be rather harsh. I ask the Clark government to restore justice to the “just society” by quickly carrying out the stated intention of the. Conservative party; the decriminalization of marijuana.  A. D. CHARBONNEAU, Calgary.