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June 2, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(5):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860220065025

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To the Editor:—  The editorial "Marihuana Problems" (The Journal, April 28, p. 1129) labels the Mayor La Guardia committee report "an unscientific, uncritical study" and, again, declares that it has "narrow and thoroughly unscientific foundation." The report in question came generally to the same conclusions that any other group of competent investigators might reach if they repeated the inquiry under the same conditions. Further, the New York report contained much new scientific information which is valuable. The editorial characterized the recent article in War Medicine (December 1944) as a "devastating refutation" of the La Guardia report, whereas this article simply described 35 cases of psychopathic or grossly maladjusted soldiers who used marihuana along with other manifestations of criminal behavior. The editorial primarily objected to the fact that the public may be led to mischievous results because the La Guardia report minimized the harmfulness of marihuana. A scientific study should be

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