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knowledge. _' _d. at 34.
At the same time that Congress passed the CSA, it also
created the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse.
S_e_, 21 UoS.C. § 801 (note)° In its first year, the National
Commission was directed to conduct a comprehensive study of
marijuana and to issue a report to Congress and the public on its
findings° During its second year, the National Commission was
directed to look at a wide variety of drugs of abuser to make
similar findings_ and to update its first year's report. Seer
First Report of the National Commission, J_/ti/_/_DA_t__A_ignal o_
Misunderstanding (Mar. 1972).
The National Commission investigated many aspects of
marijuana use, conducted hearings, both formal and informal_
reviewed the existing research which had been done on marijuana
in this country and in other countries, and itself commissioned
more than sixty research projects in areas where additional
information was needed. Members of the Commission also travelled
to more than thirty countries as part of their research. The
Commission's First Report concluded at 56--67:
A large amount of research has been performed
in man and animals regarding the immediate
effect of marihuana on bodily processes. No
conclusive evidence exits of any physical
damage, disturbances of bodily processes or
proven human fatalities attributable solely
to even very high doses of marihuana.
These few consistently observed
transient effects on bodily function seem to
suggest that marihuana is a rather unexciting
compound of negligible immediate toxicity at
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