“There is no evidence to suggest that the continued use of marihuana is a stepping-stone to the use of opiates. Prolonged use of the drug does not lead to physical, mental, or moral degeneration, nor have we observed any permanent deleterious effects from its continued use. Quite the contrary, marihuana and its derivatives and allied synthetics have potentially valuable therapeutic applications which merit future investigation.”
From The Marihuana Problem in the City of New York, by The Mayor’s Committee on Marihuana (1944).
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CQ Research Guide on marijuana legalization
Conference, The LaGuardia Report at 70
1945 review in the American Journal of Publc Health
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