Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

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Angela Stackhouse


The uses of marijuana amongst teenagers has increased over the years making it the most accessible drug in America as well as one the most beneficial due to its medical uses. According to the article of Marijuana Use Among Youths Is a Serious Problem, written by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) (2004), stated that the uses of marijuana has impacted the youth in many ways due to the unknown factors of marijuana such as admittance to treatment facilities, and being admitted into emergency rooms. The CASA took the con side of the argument dealing with the issues of marijuana use with teenagers. The second article Marijuana Should Be
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Propaganda techniques used by the authors in the articles where not ones that stand out but they where used to swing the reader. First technique used in the CASA article that had no backing was that marijuana use amongst teenagers has hospitalized many of them. This technique was a scare tactic because the article never showed a statistic to back the claim but those words would stay with the reader. Lynn used a technique to relate the reader to situation; for example, Lynn stated that many politicians used marijuana and if they where caught it would have ruined career opportunities. The tactic makes the reader relate to the article as well as feel comfortable with the use of marijuana because high ranking officials have used marijuana.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) is probably one of the most credible sources of information on the issue of substance abuse. For this article the survey conducted by the CASA had 1,987 teenagers participate to gain insight on marijuana use amongst the youth. CASA’s results where calculated in 2003 and the report was produce and copyright in 2004 making the information pertinent. Lynn Zimmer is a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York and coauthor of a book titled Marijuana Myths. Lynn’s resume speaks for itself making her knowledgably on the topic of marijuana use. This article could be look at as not
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