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March 11, 1968


JAMA. 1968;203(11):39-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140110111047

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James L. Goddard, MD, endorsed the administration's proposal to increase penalties for illegal use and possession of LSD and other drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration chief made it clear, however, that he opposes making criminals of young drug users and prefers to concentrate on cracking down on dealers.

He told a House Commerce Subcommittee he had been given ample chance to state his views in the inner councils of government but other voices had prevailed.

Dr. Goddard said law enforcement experts felt that penalties for individuals would help them get at the dealers, and out of respect for these officers he decided to support the administration proposal.

Testimony  In his testimony, Dr. Goddard said that within the administration, "I had full opportunity to state my position." He said that "it would be unwise to provide penalties which might mark a large number of young people just entering adulthood as