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March 22, 1941

Government Services

JAMA. 1941;116(12):1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120120017

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Report of Bureau of Narcotics  The number of persons arrested for violations of the federal narcotic laws (excluding marihuana) during the calendar year 1940 was 2,216, as compared with 3,295 in 1939, according to a report of the enforcement agencies of the Treasury Department. The number of marihuana arrests was nearly the same, 870 in 1940 and 864 in 1939.Figures presented by the Bureau of Narcotics show a decrease also in the amount of drugs seized. In the internal traffic, the bureau seized approximately 2,292 ounces in 1940, as compared with 3,544 ounces in 1939. The Bureau of Customs seized at ports and borders approximately 2,286 ounces in 1940 as compared with 8,895 in 1939.Activity in the control of marihuana was increased. In the illicit traffic 20,960 ounces of bulk marihuana was seized, including 3,450 ounces seized at ports and borders, as compared with 17,035 in the previous

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