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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
News Phone: /76-UL
S. Viets retake
part of Kontum;
A REFUGEE FAMILY walks away from the ruins of provincial capitol An Loe towards Saigon outpost
to the south.
State board rejects original
initiative against pot penalty
By ROSE SUE BERSTEIN 15, after organizers of the Michi- stipulates that the petition sh
The Board of State Canvas- gan Marijuana Initiative (MMI) list the full text of the propos
sers yesterday rejected the tech- were told that such petitions amendment. But Bullard mai
nical form of an ihitiative pe- should specify proposed consti-. tains that the law "does not s
tition-no longer in circulation tutional changes. you have to list the article a:
-to place legalization of mari- The petition-as stated in its section."
juana on the November ballot. revised form-would add a 24th The legality of the signatu
The canvassers said the peti- section to Article 1, the Declara- on the original petitions will
tion failed to state how it would tion of Rights in the state con- challenged, both Bullard a
change the present constitution. stitution. MMI organizers predicted le
The petition at issue was MMI estimates that the state night.
withdrawn from circulation and order affects only 2,000 to 3,000
replaced with a new one May signatures, the number received MMI, which began May 8,
prior to distribution of the new sponsored by the Rainb
petitions. People's Party. It operates out
petitions the Buman Rights Party offic
.1S g o S Some 256,000 registered voters The propo sd constitution
must sign an initiative petition amendment proposed by Ml
before it can gain a ballot place. would eliminate arrests for the
plan studV The deadline for submitting actions:
p n t such signatures for the Novem- "Possession of marijuan
her election is July 10. If in- personal use of marijuana; ci
l w 's stemRS sufficient signatures are collect- tivating, harvesting, drying
ed, the MMI backers could con- processing of marijuana;
tinue their drive for two more other ways preparing marijuas
By JILL LAWRENCE years and submit the measure or transporting marijuana
The Committee for New Un- for the 1974 ballot. personal use."
derstandings of Justice (NUJ) Local Attorney Perry Bul- The proposal makes no me
last night formed five task lard contends that the signa- tion of selling marijuana.M
forces to deal with problemsi tures collected on the original spokespersons say that removi
the criminal justice system at petitions are valid according to penalties for sale will be th
a meeting in the Michigan Un- state law. aim when the original initiat
Barbara Cartwright, NUJ "The state law." Bullard says, is complete.
SAIGON lB - South Vietnamese forces wrested back
some lost ground in Kontum yesterday. The senior U.S.
adviser in the central highlands said the North Vietnamese
were pulling back but will renew their attacks on the city.
A senior U.S., advisor said, "If it weren't for our fire-
power, we wouldn't still be holding Kontum."
Cobra gunship helicopters and fighter-bombers struck
at North Vietnamese positions repeatedly, flying through
heavy clouds. Air cover was laid down a few hundred
yards ahead of South Vietnamese infantrymen.
"I'm not criticizing the South Vietnamese," the adviser
added, "but the North Vietnamese have committed ele-
ments of three divisions to this fight, and it's not over
Meanwhile, over North Viet-
nam. U.S. Navy aircraft drop-
ped teleguided bombs around
the key southern port of Vinh
to block stored war supplies
and blow up petroleum depots, cen ter to
They used the new "smart"
bombs, directed to within five
feet of their targets by pilots hion se S un
who watchtheir progress onevi mnos d
television monitors and trans-
mit directional signals to their By DIANE LEVICK
tail fins. Things may brighten up
The bombs, which carry their around the Community Center
own television cameras up when the Sun shines in.
front, are being used for the TeRibwPol' at
first time since large-scale air The) RaminwtPeioesuPrt
striks Aresmity newspaper, The Ann Arbor
on April 6. Sun, from Hill St. to the Cen-
U.S. military spokespersons ter's basement on E. Washing-
said pilots were ordered to seal ton.
off Vinh, halfway down the
300 miles between Hanoi and "We're too cramped here and
the militarized zone, to isolate not centrally located enough,"
large stock of war materiel. according to RPP spokesperson
Aircraft off three carriers in David Fenton. "The Community
the Tonkin Gulf hit three Cen er is an ideal place-any-
bridges around the major trans- on there can find out what's
shipment point Tuesday, cut- munity."
ting rail and road traffic.
South Vietnamese troops con- Fenton says the move is being
tinued to press toward An Loc, made also to encourage more
the besieged provincial capital people outside RPP to get in-
60 miles from Saigon, but con- volved in putting out the Sun.
tact was slight. "Eventually we want to turn
In the early days of the of- it over to the People's Communi-
fensive S o u t h Vietnamese cation Committee of Ann Arbor's
spokespersons claimed each aft- Tribal Council," explains Fen-.
ernoon that the invading forces
had been repulsed. But by the ton.
next morning the North Vietna- The committee is a newly-
mese invariably had advanced formed group at the Center
farther into the city, which will also run the Ann
What apparently was hap- Arbor Network, a communica-
pening. allied officers nowbsay, tions switchboard.
is that the advance was being
stopped, largely by firepower, "After the Sun gets set up,"
and not by infantry. So the Fenton says, "our goal is a 16-
North Vietnamese could re- page weekly instead of a bi-
group during the night rela-,weekly"
tively undisturbed and advance
the next morning. The future issues of the Sun,
member and leader of the meet-
ing said that persons who are
released from jail are supposed
to go back to the community.
However, she maintained, 10 to
85 per cent return to the penal
The five task forces were de-
veloped to explorealternatives
to the present handling of those
in conflict with the law.
Father Robert Livingston,
leader of the task force to create
a citizens' information service,
said, "These task forces are not
just to sit and discuss, but to
go out and do in a tangible
A citizens' information serv-
ice would try to guarantee equal
access to counsel and services
for all those arrested.
Mari Shore, leaders of the
task force on post-prison rights
and needs, said that "paroled
people are denied basic citizens'
rights while they are expected
to put forth the best citizens'
Many people aren't released
See LAW, Page 8
Hall top U.S. Communist, talks here
By JIM O'BRIEN
Some 50 people listened yesterday to Gus Hall,
the Communist Party candidate for president.
describe his recent trip to Vietnam, Cuba, and
the Soviet Union.
Hall, the general secretary of the Communist
Party in the United States, also discussed the
recent Soviet-American summit meeting, presi-
dential candidates, and the mining of Haiphong,
which he called "a provocative action but note
an emergency for the North Vietnamese."
Caught in U.S. air raids while visiting Hanoi, her
had high praise for the spirit of the Vietnam-
S se. "There is no way that they can be defeated,y
except to totally wipe them out," he said.
Hall added that the mining of the country's
harbors would have little effect on the war,
with equipment stockpiles, and increased 1 a n d
shipments of supplies from China neutralizing
See GUS, Page 8 UsH
once free, will sell for 10 cents,
the entire charge going to the
"This is a great opportunity
for kids looking for a way to
survive insthe summer," Fenton
RPP is sponsoring three bene-
fit parties to raise funds for the
newspaper. About 200 people at-
tended the first benefit held
Tuesday night, which, according
to Fenton, raised $150.
A second benefit scheduled for
tonight, will feature the Up at
the Odyssey Lounge on W.
Huron. Saturday night Steve
Mackay, jazz saxophonist of the
Carnal Kitchen, will perform at
the Blind Pig.
The 75-cent cover charge will
help equip the Sun's new offices
with building materials, office
equipment and telephones, ac-
cording to Sun spokespersons.