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THE
Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Wednesday, June 12, 1974
News Phone: 764-0552
Narcotics control
THERE IS A SAD STORY of a 62 year old man who
owned a small pharmacy in a town for 40 years. It
was "the neighborhood drug store" type of place. He
knew most of his customers by name and they knew him
and loved him.
Eventually, the neihborhood changed and the town
became a city but the man still ran his drug store, many
of his customers staying with him.
As time went on, the number of hold-ups and rob-
beries increased, all of them narcotic-related, and most
by youniu peonte in search of money for their next fix
or a drug to relieve them until they could obtain another
fix,
Last year, this man, who never had an enemy in the
world, was held up. Because of federal narcotic laws (he
carried very few addictive drugs) and because it was
8:00 a.m. (there was no money yet in the cash register),
the armed robber shot this man point blank in the
stomach and killed him.
This story and ones similar can probably be told in
hundreds of pharmacies across the country.
In Ann Arbor alone, reported drug related crimes
have skyrocketed in the past few years. Something must
be done and down now to stop the horror of such in-
cidents.
MANY FEEL THAT the obvious answer is to get a hold
on the big pushers throw them in jail and thus al-
leviate the prohlem. That is the current approach that
the federal euvernment is taking in an attempt to cease
the drug nroblem aid it is not working.
In several European countries they have legalized
heroin. It is disnensed at local nharmacies at a very mini-
mal cost. The consumer is given a card that allows him to
purchase heroin and he is under the strict supervision of
a doctor. Also. anvone who needs to get heroin for medi-
cal reasons or reasons of addiction can go to a govern-
ment-supervised clinic.
The basis of such a program would be to gradually
cut down the addict's need of heroin as he is under a
doctor's care and it would massively cut down on the
national crime rate. Statistics prove this theory to be
true in both Sweden and Britain.
Heroin would be easily available on demand of the
pharnacist fromdthe government atea feasible price. The
pharmacist will not stock narcotics in their stores and
the addict will know that. -
SINCE OUR CURRENT METHOD of controlling the drug
problem in America today has obviously failed, it's
about time that we became more realistic about the prob-
lems, the problems of all those connected with narcotics,
the pharmacist and the addict and re-evaluate our ap-
proach and methods of narcotics control.
-ANDREA LILLY
~OEr SI jE'fleiM:J E BSr-rN1 5 15RDCULOuS P
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ILI.
to I I I

T R HARRISON

Justice ir
By PAUL HASKINS
SPRING OF 1970. In years past, the coming of
spring had seen the University community
submerged in the demands of academic ritual.
But somehow things were different this year,
this spring of 1970. A new intensity had gripped
the campus, a forceful impatience had shaken
its students, as if from their sleep.
For years, they had demanded an end to in-
justice - in Indochina, in Washington, in the
Admissions Office of their own University. -But
their cries had been met with indifference, con-
descension - with empty promises and token
concessions.
The frustration had mounted and thrashed
about within them, until it could no longer be
contained. Somehow, it had managed to lay dor-
mant through another disarming Ann Arbor win-
ter, but with the life surge of spring, it burst
forth in the form of defiant rage, a monster
now too large for words alone to subdue.
THE FRAGILE RETAINING WALL of admin-
istrative diplomacy, unable to resist the now
turbulent waves of dissatisfaction, first buckled
before the Black Action Movement (BAM), then
fell before the crushing sea of BAM sympathizers
that followed.
In the Spring of 1970, T. R. Harrison was an
LS&A junior - a black man, a proud man on
whom the electricity of those special days could
not be lost.
T. R. took up the cause of the Black Action
Movement. He cried for the rights of his brothers
and sisters to a fair shake, to equal representa-
tion at this "public" institution. ("That's the way
it's supposed to be; that's the way it's going to
be!")
In the Spring of 1970, T. R. Harrison stood
proud, at the vanguard of the BAM strike that
shook this university to its roots - a force to
be reckoned with. ("No more pat answers, man.
We want action, we want substance, we want
justice now") HAM said 'NOW!' and the campus
echoed 'NOW!' and the whole damn place just
ground to a stumbling halt.
THE REGENTS SAID JUMP, but it wouldn't
j'mp. Verbal acrobatics could no longer appease
the grumbling giant. And the air grew stifling
and collars tightened in the Administration
B'iilding. ("Who do they think they are?
They can't do this! . . . We mustn't allow it.
Theyve got to play by the rules . . . Oh, well,
mi-vbe just this once.")
So the Regents descended from their red tape
tower. They hemmed and hawed and swallow-
ed hard, -and finally acceded to the BAM demand,
nromising a 10 percent minority enrollment by
1972. Another empty promise? ("It can't be ..
No way ,it's on paper now . . It's policy, they're
committed.") It was.
'Three springs have come and gone since that

i process
volatile spring of 1970. A fourth is now upon us.
Only a handful of students remain who wit-
nessed that virtuoso season's events. But T. R.
Harrison remembers it well, for the local power
elite have chosen him to, pay the price of their
humiliation four years ago. In January of 1971,
T. R. Harrison was tried in Washtenaw County
Circuit Court, charged with the felonious assault
of Ann Arbor Police Detective Paul Bunten dur-
ing a BAM demonstration the year before.
HARRISON CLAIMED HE was innocent. So
did the sworn testimony of several witnesses, who
said Harrison was never in a position to assault
Bunten. They had been with him at the time of
the alleged crime, and he had attacked nobody,
they said. A policeman testified that the assail-
ant had been wearing a hat. No hat was found
on or near T. R. during the demonstration. The
prosecution refused - to release official police
photographs of the incident to the defense, until
the Court ordered them to do so.
When it was over, on Jan. 21, 1971, T. R. Har-
rison had lost, convicted of felonious assault. An
unjust trial, thought many. The Court of Appeals
agreed. It overturned the lower court's verdict
and declared a mistrial. It had found the pro-
secution uncooperative in endorsing defense wit-
nesses, the prosecuting attorney's argument pre-
judicial.
Justice had prevailed.
But the passage of time has seen the minority
student quota, a once-impressive monument to
the hard-fought battles of the past, tumble like a
house of cards. And, today, T. R. Harrison's fu-
ture is threatened with a similar fate.
.ON APRIL, S of this year, a motion to dismiss
the charges against T. R. Harrison, now a third-
year Michigan Law student, was dismissed in
Judge Ager's courtroom in the County Building.
The retrial will begin sometime this summer; a
date has not been set yet.
The state is certainly pressing hard for a con-
viction. Why else would thousands of taxpayers'
dollars be allotted for gathering witnesses now
scattered across the country? Perseverance is too
mild a term to describe the prosecution's ag-
gressive pursuit of this case, nearly four years
after charges were first brought against Harri-
son.
It's sad to think that our judicial system threat-
ens to reject a man who has committed his life's
work to the ideals of universal justice. As Harri-
son puts it: "This case has opened my eyes to
what the legal system is really like - the vast
difference between theory and practice."
But sadder and more frightening still is the
possibility that members of this campus com-
munity, who owe so much to the T. R. Harrisons
of the past, may well sit idly by, unmoved and
unmotivated during his trial; and, if so, undeserv-
ing of the smoother road he helped build for
them.

Laos settlement: U. S. sellout?

By JOHN EVERINGHAM
VIENTIANE, LAOSi
At the reception following in-
augural ceremonies for the new
laaos coalition government, the
new Cabinet and Council mem-
bers who smiled the most and
shook the most hands were the
pro-Communist Pathet Lao, led
by P r i n c e Souphannouvong.
Supporters of the American -
backed Prince Souvanna. Phou-
ma, Souphannouvong's half-
brother, looked dour and angry.
To these Royalists generals and
members of Lao's wealthy fami-
lies, this final triumph for in-
ternational detent - the first
internal settlement of the sec-
ond Indochina war - repre-
sents a sellout by their erst-
while American allies.
To many observers here, the
Pathet-Lao -- who practice a
strange mixture of socialist or-
ganization, nationalism, Budd-
hism, devotion to king, and
smell-scalefre eenterprise, alt
liberatty swstered down with
traditional Lao tolerance-have
every reason to emerge from
their jungle hideouts pleased
with this latest of Laos' three
coaition attempts.
AFTER *FOUR years of ne-
gotiation, which the Pathet Lao
initiated, the coalition which
has emerged is almost identical
to the one they proposed in 1970.
On paper, the two new govern-
mental bodies - Cabinet and
Council, headed by Souvanna

Phouma and Souphannouvong
respectively - will be "collab-
orating closely and in a regular
manner" as independent and
equal bodies "in the administra-
tion of the affairs of the na-
tion".
Many of America's most re-
liable right-wing friends in Laos
feel the United States' support
for the present coalition is in
direct conflict with its continued
fuelling of wars in both South
Vietnam and Cambodia.
As these former allies see it,
this state of affairs could never
have been reached without be-
hind-the-scenes pressures and
maneuvering by the Americans,
and some former Royalist min-
isters have said so bluntly.
T h e "betrayed" Royalists,
however, were not wronged as

much as they claim. At the
time of the February 19, 1973
cease-fire the Pathet Lao held
such a commanding position on
the battlefield that its complete
control of the kingdom seemed
only a matter of time.
By pulling out when it did,
the United States saved face by
avoiding an ugly defeat. In
twisting the arms of right-wing
generals in Vientiane, Washing-
ton merely turned the Royal-
ists' losing military position into
a losing political one.
Jahn Everingham is a free-
lance writert vho has spent six
years in Indochina and is .fluent
in Lao. Copyrirht, Pacific Neis
Service, 1974.

Contact your reps-
Sen. Phillip Hart (Dem), Rm 253, Old Senate Bldg., Capitol
Hill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep), Rm 353, Old Senate Bldg., Capitol
Hill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Rep. Marvin Esch (Rep), Rn. 412, Cannon Bldg., Capitol
Ilill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Gilbert Bursley (Rep), Senate, State Capitol Bldg.,
Lansing, Mi. 4N933.
Rep. Perry Bullard (Dem), House of Representatives, State
Capitol Bldg., Lansing, Mi. 48933.

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