Friday, October 25, 2013

For first time, most Americans favor legalizing marijuana: poll

Week #8
Article #1,0,5823600.story
1.     Category of problem: Politics/Health
2.     Level of problem: National
3.     This article concerns: Legalizing Marihuana
4.     Importance/effect on families/individuals: Legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes is becoming more acceptable, and it might speed up the process of legalizing marijuana across the US. Therefore if this is becoming more and more acceptable, it will take an impact on many Americans that are for it but it will also create commotions between Americans that are against marijuana legalization.

My input: In this article, a study is being analyzed on how the acceptance of legalizing marijuana is growing according to a poll. In this poll, 67% were for it and 53% were against it. This change in acceptance is said to be because of social mores and because the acceptance of marijuana has grown since it alleviates some medical conditions. Also the legalization of marijuana could bring some benefits because it would be taxed and perhaps easier to control, therefore it would bring financial benefits. In my opinion, I agree that more Americans are becoming more aware of the good benefits that legalization of marijuana might bring but I also think that it will be a long time before the whole country legalizes it. Even though taxing it could be a benefit, authorities would really need to work on ways to control the drug because many individuals might take advantage of the situation and it might not end well. Overall I agree with this article and I think that it is interesting how our country changes perceptions of something that was banned completely not too long ago.

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