Thursday, May 11, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Does pot improve sex life?
WASHINGTON (A3! - If you
like sex the chances are good
you'll like marijuana, a govern-
ment commission reports. But it
cautions that the drug is no
aphrodisiac, nor does it height-
en sexual enjoyment for all us-
The National Commission on
Marijuana and Drug Abuse said
It found evidence that mari-
juana appears to intensify pleas-
urable experiences and heighten
the senses for many users, even
though parts of these effects
may be psychological.
"It is this fact which pro-
bably explains why substantial
proportions of marijuana users
characterize their sexual exper-
iences under the influence of
the drug as particularly intense,
prolonged, sensuous and pleas-
urable," the commission said.
It said substantial numbers of
persons report they are more
interested in sex after smoking
pot, and found evidence that
marijuana relaxes inhibitions
and reduces a person's normal
restraints against sex, allowing
users to respond more freely to
But even so, marijuana isn't
the aphrodisiac that many of its
fans claim it to be, the com-
in Italy may
ROME fA) - Strong gains
by the Neo-Fascist party in
Italy's parliament elections this
week have put the future of the
country's 15 - month - old di-
vorce law in doubt.
The ' Neo-Fascists and the
dominant Christian Democrats,
bitter opponents on most issues,
are united in their opposition to
divorce. With the election giv-
the two parties a majority in the
new parliament, their opposition
to divorce seems certain to force
a national referendim on the
An organization of Roman
Catholic laymen set the referen-
dum machinery moving last year
by collecting 1.6 million signa-
tures in favor of it. Pro-divorce
parties hoped to prevent a vote.
Since the bill passed in De-
cember 1970, more than 50,000
persons received divorces.
Pope Paul VI deplored the
new law and called it a wound
to Vatican - Italian relations.
Many bishops joined with Chris-
tian Democratic and Fascist of-
ficials in seeking the popular
referendum which might repeal
the divorce act.
The law grants divorce only
to couples who have lived apart
for at least six years and in ex-
treme cases such as when one
spouse has been sentenced to life
Despite his party's stand,
Neo-Fascist Secretary Giorgio
Almirante won a divorce from
his Roman Catholic wife a few
months ago. But he claims di-
vorce is bad for most Italians.
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"At best, available evidence is
inconclusive," the commission
said. It said research indicates
generally that the more a per-
son uses marijuana and the more
he or she expects it to intensify
sexual pleasure, the more likeiy
it is to do so.
Research also showed t h a t
marijuana users are more sex-
ually active than non-users. For
example, the commission said,
one survey of more than 500
college undergraduates found
that 72 per cent of marijuana
users had engaged in premarital
sex, while only 34 per cent of
nonusers had done so.
The commission's findings on
marijuana and sex occupy five
pages of a 1,282-page appendix
to its main report, released ear-
lier this year.
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That report, which found no
evidence that marijuana is
harmful when smoked less than
once a day, omitted any men-
tion of the sex findings. One
commission official said they
were left out because they're
"dynamite" and would have
drawn attention away from toe
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