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Through the efforts of the Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation of the American Medical Association, and with the cooperation of Dr. John J. Kindred, a fellow of the Association and the representative in Congress from the Second New York Congressional District, a bill has been introduced for the reduction of the tax imposed on physicians and certain related professional groups by the Revenue Act of 1918, to the merely nominal amount, one dollar a year, originally provided in the Harrison Narcotic Law.
The Harrison Narcotic Law was enacted in the discharge of international obligations the United States government had assumed, looking toward the control of the traffic in habit-forming drugs, It took the form of a tax measure, not because of any intention on the part of the government to make the traffic in such drugs a source of revenue, but because in no other way could the federal
PROPOSED LEGISLATION REDUCING FEDERAL NARCOTIC TAX. JAMA. 1923;80(7):477–478. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640340033016
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