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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 8, 2013


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2013;309(18):1877. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.174823

The researches of Martin I. Wilbert and Murray Galt Motter1 into the legal enactments which have to do with the control of the sale of opium and cocain in the several states show that there is a most extraordinary lack of uniformity in the requirements in different parts of the country. Thus, in many states antinarcotic laws are so comprehensive that were an attempt made to enforce the law literally it would result in the fine or imprisonment of practically all the retail druggists. On the other hand, there are some states in which the exceptions and provisos to the law are so numerous as practically to nullify all efforts to control the traffic in narcotic drugs.