THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE MICHIGAN DAILY PaQe Seven
Group asks eased drug penalty
Flood victim pulled to safety
A woman holds an umbrella over her head as she is pulled to
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capital, which has been hit by heavy flooding. Thousands have
been reported homeless because of the high water.
Ozone House to receive
$6,000 grant from city
The penalty for possession of
drugs should be changed from a
felony to a midsdemeanor, accord-
ing to a special citizen's committee
which reported to City Council
Members of the "Citizen's Blue
Ribbon Committee on the Study"
of Drug Abuse" also recommended
that records of first offenders be,
cleared if the offense isn't re-
In an oral presentation of the
two-week old report, the commit-
tee also said that "if further stud-
ies of marijuana confirm that its
use does not constitute a signifi-
cant risk to health (perhaps less
Iof a risk than alcohol and ciga-
rettes), we would recommend that
the community give serious con-
sideration to licensing procedures
for marijuana distribution. Such
a system would be similar to that
used in connection with the sale
of alcoholic beverages."
Such action would have to be
taken by the state legislature.
However, the committee recom-
mended that the City Council take
a first step by changing its ordi-
nance code now to make use of
marijuana 'a misdemeanor rather
than a felony. Such action has al-
ready been taken in other Mich-
The committee emphasized that
the drug "problem" cannot be
handled by Ann Arbor alone. It
called for local, state, and na-
tional programs for education.
treatment, and destruction of the
system which supplies youth with
The committee also indicated
that police agencies must cooper-
ate with the black community in
fighting the drug problem. Accord-
ing to the report, studies indicate
that black males and young white
females are most suspectable to
Committee member Dr. Edward
Washtenaw County, 500 of themr
in Ann Arbor: and that they may
steal up to $24 million worth of
goods a year in the county. I
Pierce noted that in the five
weeks since the opening of sr
methadone center some 75 addicts
have come in requesting treat-
ment. Methadone is a substitute'
for heroin, and is being used to
treat heroin addiction.
Pierce added that the funding
of a program to treat 100 heroin
addicts is not sufficient, and that
City Council should seriously con-
sider giving more money to the
program if it is requested.
According to the report, the
drug problem in Ann Arbor is
Dr. William Pierce, chairman of
the committee, said "the scope" of
drug usage in Ann Arbor "is al-'
"At present the picture is a dark
one," he said, although he added
that he hopes the committee's
efforts will eventually "bear fruit."
The committee estimates that
narcotics traffic in the city may
yield up to $22.000 daily.
It also estimates that on any
given day at least 200 students in
an Ann Arbor high school will be
"high" on drugs.
"Drug use and abuse is grow-
ing rapidly at the high school and
junior high school level," William
Pierce said. "There is some evi-
dence it is now below the seventh
grade level in at least three schools
in Ann Arbor."
He noted that Drug Help re-
ceives 200 to 300 calls monthly
from persons either having a drug
problem or seeking information,
and said that there have been at
least 75 new cases of heroin addic-
tion in the last eight months.
He suggested that a county-wide
system to fight drug abuse should:
be created with a citizen group to
oversee the agency to make sure'
action programs are implemented.
WED., JAN. 20
1-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. Union
Thursday, Jan. 7th
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Ozone House, the local youth
counseling and information cen-'
ter, was granted an appropriation
of $6,000 by City Council in its
However, $2 000 of the funds
will not be paid to Ozone HouseI
until its organizers have obtained'
a matching sum from other sourc-I
ment with the operators of Ozonet
House, and would receive regular
reports on disbursement of t h e
Ozone House. which was set up
primarily to deal with the prob-
lems of runaways, w a s housing
five to seven people a day during
December, according to its organ-
es, according to the Council's res- izers. Pierce, who has been treating
olution. Started in February, 1970 as a drug addicts at his Summit Street
These funds would constitute youth counseling center, Ozone Medical Clinic, estimated that
the Council's appropriation to House h a s expanded to include there are 800 heroin addicts in
Ozone House for the remaining Network, an information center
six months of this fiscal y e a r. for youth. The organization re-
City Administrator Guy C. Lar- cently moved its operations to 302 The Daily is anxious to cor-
com Jr. said the administration E. Liberty. rect errors or distortions in
would review the operation of Despite the new quarters, the news stories, features, reviews
Ozone House before the 1971-72 influx of "street people" has been or editorials. If you have a con-
budget is drawn up. so great that Ozone House op- plaint, please call Editor Mar-
Larcom also said the city would erators have called on students to tin Hirschman at 764-0562.
enter into a contractual agree- help house some of the overflow.
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