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Grass Poll The Natioal Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has issued a survey to the presidential candidates requesting their views obn the marijuana laws. Only Governor George Wallace , Representative Wilbur Mills , and Senator Henry Jackson refused to respond to the poll. Keith Stroup, the organization's Executive Director explained : "The candidates now appear to be willing to discuss the issue perhaps influenced by the knowlege that 24,000,000 Americans have now smoked marijuana . In addition , there are 25,675,000 new voters between the ages of 18 and 24, 40% of whom have used marijuana .. ." The position recently taken by John Finlator former number two man in the Bureau of Narcotics is that of decriminalization. It is speculated that the President 's Commission on Marijuana will recommend legal private use by adults in its March 22nd report. The results of the survay are as follows :

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Paw Power

1) Do you favor the elimination . of all criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana for personal use by those 18 years or older? (Decriminalization) Chisholm yes Hartke yes Humphrey favorable Lindsay yes McCarthy yes McCloskey, favorable McGovern yes Muskie favorable Spock yes Yorty no

2) Do you favor a system of go ยท, ernmental control over the distribution of marijuana similar to the licensing systme used for alcohol (Legalization) Chisholm yes Hartke no Humphrey no Lindsay no McCarthy yes McKloskey no McGovern favorable Muskie no Spock yes Yorty no

Dog owners won a n.,.nor victory last month when the dog catcher was driven from Cheeseman Park by an angry crowd of park visitors. The dog catchers have been causing a lot of grief in recent months by handing out tickets in the parks to people who permit their dogs to run around without a leash . Last month , however, on a warm Sunday afternoon, when the dog catchers drove their van into the middle of a football game and began handing out tickets, a crowd of about eighty-five people gathered and began shouting. "Dogs need exercise too' " "Yeah, what are parks for if you can't let your dog run around? " The dog catchers were silent. They just kept writing tickets and radioed for help. In no time at all two park police- men parked their car next to the white van. The footbal game had long ceased. The crowd grew restless, and the cops got scared . They called for more help and two Denver city policemen arrived.

SOS Denied Recognition The California State Board of Trustees have voted to offer legal aid to Connecticut college whose president has barred the Students for a Democratic Society [SDS] from campus. The trustees offered their general counsel to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, wnich has agreed to hear an appeal from students who demand recognition of the SDS. "We have had a number of cases in which our college administrators refused to grant recognition to certain student groups . . . We are interested in what the Supreme Court has to say about a college president's discretion in this field," stated General Counsel Norman L. Epstein. F. Don James, president of Central Connecticut State College, has denied campus recognition of the SDS group, overturning the decision of a faculty-student committee. The Conneceticut students have won the support of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has a similiar case before the California Supreme Court involving barring an SDS chapter from the campus of the Orange Coast Junior College in O Orange County, California. Students in the California State College system were generally angered at the decision and complained that they were not given enough advance notice to protest the ~ction.

4 - _:{ The Denver cops were the only ones who would talk to the crowd, and for about an half hour they argued the relative merits and demerits of Denver's leash law. But the crowd wouldn't be mollified, and sensing the potential trouble , the city police told the park policemen to stop handing out tickets and leave. Which they did.

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