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3n Daily-Friday, June 1, 1979-Page 3
say new pot
bill penalties
too harsh
Although the state Senate approved
legislation reducing penalties for
marijuana use for the third consecutive
time, many legislators have expressed
dissatisfaction with the new bill,
claiming the penalties are still too har-
The bill, which passed the Senate by a
20 to 14 vote, would make possession of
one ounce (30 grams) or less, a civil in-
fraction punishable by a maximum fine
of $100.
two amendments which have been ad-
ded to the bill, and have once again th-
warted efforts directed toward full
One of the amendments proposes that
possession of more than 225 grams (7
ounces) of marijuana be considered a
felony. The other amendment, which is
creating a bigger stir, would give
juvenile court judges authority to order
jail terms of up to 30 days for persons
under the age of 18 who are convicted of
possessing marijuana.
According to Rhett Johnston, aide to
Senator Jerome Hart (D-Saginaw) who
introduced the bill into the Senate, "We
started with an ideal bill and we lost the
privacy section which would have
legalized the use of marijuana in the
home. Then these ridiculous amen-
dments were added to the bill which
they (Senate members) felt would
toughen it up."
the possible jail sentence for minors is
unconstitutional and was added "to put
a little fear into the blood of kids who
get mouthy with the judge."
He added that Senator Hart will op-
pose that amendment as well as the
felony amendment which, if enacted,
would result in a four-year jail term
and a $2,000 fine for offenders.
State Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor) explained that the bill might have
trouble being passed in the House
See FATE, Page 14
rom the Ancient Sumerain Race," at 2
p~m inuii Auitoiu o... iscversip "

Whitman's birthday party
Bill "Genghis" Kincaid reads from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" during a marathon reading celebrating the poet's 160th
birthday. The marathon, wlth was sponsored by the Canterbury Loft and Guild House started at 10:00 a.m. yesterday, and
ended at midnight.
Vets talk about redjustment robems
When many Vietnam war veterans consider the Memorial Day holiday we more activities are planned for today
returned home, they found themselves should pay special concern to the Viet- and tomorrow.
beset by many problems in adapting to nam veterans who continue to suffer Tom Highel, one of the main
civilian life. These veterans do not often from a higher rate of unemployment organizers of the program and a Viet-
get the chance to talk about their read- and both emotional and physical nam veteran, said he believes "one cen-
justment experiences, and this is one problems. They are continuing victims tral goal is to provide vets of Vietnam a
reason this week has been declared to whom we owe a continuing chance to meet other vets, because
National Vietnam Veterans Awareness obligation." most vets keep their experience to
Week. According to the brochure released themselves."'
In Ann Arbor, the Washtenaw County by the local committee, "the goal of HUGHEL ALSO said he wants to
IAACommittee for Vietnam Vietnam Veterans Awareness Week in "provide people who have internalized
SpecialsoAwareesrWe n- Washtenaw County is to promote their pressures, the opportunity to ven-
soring a program designed to give awareness of the achievements and tilate their anxiety."
Vietnam veterans a chance to speak problems of veterans of the Vietnam At a discussion Tuesday evening en-
about their personal feelings. conflict." Committee members said titled, "Continuing Victims of the
STATE REP. Perry Bullard (D-Ann they hope to achieve their goals through War," Hughel said "once people got
Arbor), the honorary chairman of the a series of open forums dealing with started talking, three or four people
Washtenaw County Committee, said, issues which are vital to Vietnam said it was the first time they had
"The main concern in all of this is as we veterans. Lectures and discussions spoken out,"
have been taking place all week, and See VETERANS, Page 14
tuo' town dance teacher" who reigned as the asparagus Descended fi

Wait til the sky falls
A federal judge in Cleveland Wednesday tossed
out a suit seeking to force the government to release
all its information on the impending fall of the
Skylab space station. U.S. District Court Judge
Thomas Lambros told the "Chicken Little" defen-
dant he lacked jurisdiction to force such a
disclosure. . "At least at the present time, the
sky is not falling; in fact, plaintiff has not yet suf-
fered so much as one descending acorn, and it is
hoped that plaintiff and her counsel would take heed
of the aporcryphal Chicken Little," the judge pen-
ned in his decision. Yesterday the federal gover-
nment said the 85-ton Skylab is likely to break up
and tumble to Earth on July 9. Scientists estimate
the chances of an individual being hit by a chunk of
the space station at 1in 150.
Stalking the disco
A former "Mrs. Asparagus" of Mears, Michigan
has created The Stalk. The Stalk is a new dance for
disco-lovers, invented by Penny Wahl, a "small

queen last year. Wahl said she hopes the dance will
catch on and put Oceanan County, previously
reknowned only for its asparagus crop, on the map.
"If I told them John Travolta had introduced this
new dance, then they'd be excited," Wahl said. The
Stalk basically captures the cycle of an asparagus
crop from planting to harvesting. Dancers first face
each other, squatting, then wriggle to a standing
position. Then they walk side-by-side, making
picking motions. Next the dancers put their hands
Oh their backs, which "ache" from picking
asparagus. In the last step, the dancers twirl away
from each other, symbolizing the end of the harvest,
as disco comes of age in the midwest.
... explore "The office of the future," presented
by the Extension Service at 8 a.m. in the Rackham
Building ... a string quartet will offer "Music in
the City," sponsored by the Residential College and
the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, at noon along S.
State Street . . . The University of Michigan
Academy of Sciences presents Paul Michael Santo,
who will discuss the topic, "The Magyar Race is

p.m. in Hill Auditorium B . .. discover "ipfo
Camping" at 3 p.m. in the International Center
Recreation Room . . . square dance for free with
Shorty Hoffmeyer in the Liberty Plaza at 6:30 p.m.
This is part of the Liberty Sunset Series, a project of
Ann Arbor Tomorrow ... it's Visitor's Night again
in Aud. B, Angell Hall. Astronomy Prof. Richard
Sears will speak on the "Origin of Starts and the
Solar System," followed by the film, Partnership in-
to-Space-Mission Helios ... at the Ark, 1421 Hill
Street, at 9 a.m., Margaret McArthur will sing
songs and tell stories from Vermont ... FILMS:
Ann Arbor Co-ops' Cary Grant night. I Was a Male
War Bride, 7 p.m.; Bringing up Baby, 9 p.m., both in
Aud. 3, MLB... Cinema Guild presents Roman
Polanski's Repulsion, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the
Old A & D Aud.. . . Cinema II presents Le Grand
Bouffe in Aud. A, Angell Hall at 7:30 p.m. and 9:40
On the outside
Clouds prevail, with a 20 per cent chance of
showers or thundershowers. High temperature in
the low 70s, low in the mid-50s.


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