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July 5, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(1):A17-A18. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090010097046

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New Narcotics Bill.—  Treatment rather than jail terms would be stressed for narcotics addicts accused of federal crimes under legislation presented to Congress by the Administration.Atty Gen Nicholas Katzenbach and Treasury Sec Henry Fowler submitted a bill to back up the proposal made by the President in his crime message to Congress earlier this year.The two cabinet members said in an accompanying letter: "through the joint efforts of the courts, and medical, correctional, and legal authorities, it is hoped that this legislation will be a key toward the rehabilitation of a substantial number of persons charged with crime in their resumption of productive places in society."The bill would not cover defendants accused of violent crimes or of selling narcotics for profit alone.Under the proposal, a defendant believed to be an addict could choose to take a medical examination by federal authorities. If he were found to

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