Quote of the Week: Monkey business from the new issue of the Drug Policy Letter 9/12/97

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This week's quote comes from an interview with Michael Sonnenreich, who was appointed to be Executive Director of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (a.k.a. the Shafer Comission) by President Nixon. After a comprehensive study, the Shafer Commission recommended the decriminalization of marijuana. President Nixon had previously stated that he would ignore the Commission's report if they came back with such a recommendation.

The full interview, conducted by Scott Ehlers of the Drug Policy Foundation, can be found in the Summer '97 edition of DPF's Drug Policy Letter, which will be released this week. Our excerpt:

    Ehlers: "When your report came out, the Washington Post reported that some commission members had tried marijuana themselves as part of their research."

    Sonnenreich: "Oh, sure, Maurice Seevers. There was no drug in the world Dr. Seevers didn't try. He was the head of pharmacology at the University of Michigan. He also ran the monkey colony for the U.S. government for the testing of drugs. He would never give any drug to his monkeys that he himself wouldn't try. It's what Dr. Seevers did. It wasn't just this drug; it was any drug. Moe was very protective of his monkeys."

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