Rhetorical Essay Sample Paragraph

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Shelby Smith Smith 1

English Composition 1010

July 2, 2012

Rhetorical Essay -Sample Paragraph

The Legalization of Marijuana in America

Should America legalize an illegal drug, as way out of the economical downfall we have found ourselves in? A popular article appeared in April of 2009 in Times magazine, catching millions of readers’ attention. The article was titled, “Why Legalizing Marijuana Makes Sense” and was written by Joe Klein. Cannabis, America’s drug of choice for the past eighty-five years has been a plant otherwise known as marijuana or weed. Everyday millions of American dollars are circulated illegally through the drug market. The article shed light on a subject that was beginning to be more popular than
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The prices coming from the actual sentencing side of the crimes caused by the drug is what is drawing an argument cause to legalize the drug. Another journalist named Webb, pointed out in a cover story in Parade magazine, the U.S. is, by far, the most "criminal" country in the world, with 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prisoners. America spends nearly $68 billion dollars per year on corrections, and a large percentage of those being corrected are from serving time for nonviolent drug crimes. The U.S. spends about $150 billion dollars on policing and courts, and 47.5% of drug arrests are related to marijuana. Klein argues that it is a lot of money that could be spent on school or returned to the public, since the majority of it is nonfederal.

Klein writes in the article, further explaining, that there are serious moral arguments that rise to the surface when it comes to legalizing pot. He claims that there are some people who have the mindset that smokers of marijuana also known as “pot-heads” cannot be taken seriously, which is a good argument. But he continues, in the article, to compare the drug’s unhealthy benefits to those of McDonald’s and alcohol. He writers to persuade readers by arguing health factors from the abuse of McDonald’s may be just as bad or worse than the abuse of marijuana, because of potential health care cost. He also validates his argument with the effects of alcohol, by claiming that it can be more dangerous in a
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