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Page 12-Friday, May 11, 4979---The Michigan Daily

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western states wo
Congress durin
Michigan and fiv
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July, 1978, the Ce

State may lose congressional seats
(UPI) - Due to a House seats would be switched from delegation. However, the government agency
n, eight southern and one state to another. Illinois and Ohio would drop two seats said, "the pattern of change ... is
uld gain new seats in California, Florida, and Texas would each while Michigan, Pennsylvania and relatively stable and can be taken as
g the 198os while each gain two seats in the 435-member South Dakota would lose one apiece. illustrative of the general impact of
e other states would House of Representatives while South Dakota's delegation would be cut recent population shifts on the appor-
n, a new census study Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and in half - from two to one. tionment of congressional seats."
. Washington would pick up one apiece. The Census Bureau cautioned that Officials said reapportionment would
al reapportionment The big loser in the reapportionment reapportionment will be based on the affect the congressional elections for
e U.S. population in scramble would be New York, which 1980 census and thus the figures could the first time in 1982, so gains or losses
nsus Bureau said, 11 would lose four of its 39-member House change. of seats would not be in evidence until
January, 1983.
The census report also said that the
U.S. population had increased by 7.3
per cent - of 14.8 million people -
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISIN[ during the first eight years of this
Growth was most rapid in the West
and South, which grew by 15.1 per cent
and 12.4 per cent, respectively.
The population of northeastern
states, meanwhile, was virtually un-
changed while the north central region
grew by only 2.9 per cent, the Census
Bureau said.

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may poison
food supply
WASHINGTON (AP) - A group that
wants marijuana decriminalized said
yesterday it plans to seek a court order
forcing the government to consider
whether paraquat sprayed on Mexican
marijuana fields is poisoning fruits,
vegetables and meat imported into the
United States.
Peter Meyers, chief counsel of the
National Organization for the Reform
of Marijuana Laws (NORML), announ-
ced plans for, the new suit in the after-
math of an out-of-court settlement bet-
ween NORML and the State Depar-
tment of an earlier suit demanding an
environmental impact statement on the
consequences of the herbicide-spraying
THE SUIT was settled when the Stae
Department filed an impact statement
of over 300 pages, but Meyers said the
document was inadequate.
"It fails to explore adequately other
non-herbicide methods of eradication,
it doesn't explore enough the long and
short-term consequences of paraquat to
the health of marijuana smokers; it
doesnt go into the effect of paraquat on
the health of Mexican peasants, the
Mexican water supply or endangered
species and it doesn't adequately look
into what paraquat might be doing to
crops and animals raised on the West
Coast of Mexico and exported to the
United States," Meyers said in an in-
He said that in the State Department
impact statement, however, "The
government finally acknowledged for
the first time that the long-term con-
sequences of paraquat to the health of
marijuana smokers are not known."
The statement estimated that 85,000
marijuana users in this country are ex-
posed to paraquat-sprayed marijuana
at any one time, he said.
Paraquat is tasteless, odorless and
colorless. Last November, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse said a person
who smoked five paraquat-
contaminated marijuana cigarettes a
day for a year ran the risk of per-
manent lung damage.

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