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WHAT IS ITS USE?
Although it has been known to man for nearly 5,000
years, marihuana is one of the least understood of all
natural drugs. Unlike other drugs, it has no known use
in modern medicine. It is used mainly for its intoxicating
HOW WIDELY IS IT USED IN THE UNITED STATES?
The use of marihuana as an intoxicating drug was
introduced in the United States in 1920. In T037, its
general use was outlawed by the Federal Marihuana Tax-
Act, followed by strict laws and enforcement in every
States. In the mid-1960's, authorities reported a sharp
increase in the use of marihuana. Arrests on marihuana
charges have more than doubled since 1960, according
to the President's Commission on Crime.
HOW DOES THE DRUG WORK?
When smoked, marihuana quickly enters the bloodstream
and acts on the brain and nervous system. It affects the
user's mood and thinking. Because it may cause hallucinations when taken in very large doses, it is classed
as a mild "hallucinogen." Just how the drug works in
the body and how it produces its effects have not yet
been discovered by medical science.
WHAT ARE THE LAWS DEALING WITH MARIHUANA?
Under federal law, to have, give or sell marihuana in
the United States is a felony, which is a serious crime.
Federal and many State laws deal with the drug as
severely as if it were a narcotic.
The Federal penalty for possessing the drug is 2 to 10
years imprisonment for the first offense, 5 to 20 years
for the second offense, and 10 to 40 years for further
offenses. Fines of up to $20,000 for the first or subsequent offenses may be imposed. State laws also control the illicit use of these drugs. For transfer or sale of
the drug, the first offense may bring a 5- to 20-year
sentence ond a fine of up to $20,000; two or more
offenses, 10 to 40 years in prison. If a person over 18
sells to a minor under 18 years of age, he is subject to
a fine of up to $20,000 and/or 10 to 40 years in prison
for" the first offense, with no suspension of sentence,
probation, or parole.
A "START" For Youth In Trouble
"The faster I run, the further I fall back" might well
describe the current plight of parents, community leaders, professionals, and clergy in their struggle against
drug misuse - a growing national concern. The blight
of illegal drug traffic - the lives it ruins and the lives
it takes - is a serious concern for every American.
Grass (Marihuana), Speed (Methedrine), Yellow Jacket
(Nembutal), and LSD have become household words.
Economic and cultural barriers are disregarded when we
talk of drug misuse.
There are many reasons for the current epidemic of
drug misuse. Very broadly, drug abuse can be described
as an effort by individuals to feel differently than they
do.. Many drugs temporarily allow their users to evade
frustrations, to lessen depression and feelings of
alienation, or to escape from themselves.
START, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to
help the drug abuser in Houston. It will provide these
services through the cooperative efforts of the medical,
judicial^ and law enforcement fields and with the help
of local, state, federal, and private funds. (If you are
in need of help and not in the Houston area, write this
paper and we will make every effort to locate help for
you in your immediate area).