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Anderson, Matthew. “ Record Marijuana Arrest Feed The Prison Industrial Complex.” 30 Jan. 2009. Social Medicine. Social Medicine, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2012.
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Matthew Anderson reports that in 2007 the Department of Justice reported the number of drug arrests and how many of those accounted for marijuana. Anderson continues on how marijuana is a big part of the arrest and how it is focus of police interest. Different aspects of cost are brought up that arise when incarcerating an inmate. Then Anderson talks demographics of what ethnicity contributed to the marijuana arrest of 2007. Anderson follows with a point of view of medical marijuana. I could use this source to back up the over cost of enforcement and incarceration. I will be able to give numbers of how many people are in jail and how much it cost. Find out the cost of a person and times it the number of marijuana convicts. Dickinson, Tim. “Obama's War on Pot.” Rolling Stone . March 2012;(1151):32-35. Academic Search Complete. Web. 12 Apr. 2012. The article discusses raids and other actions taken against medical marijuana dispensers by the U.S. federal government. The united Sates president Barack Obama speaks on his thoughts on medical marijuana. Obama continues on by saying he doesn’t want to get involved in what the states should decide. Obama has his administration taking action on medical marijuana dispensaries by threatening, raiding, and denying standard tax deductions. Obama says the only point of this is to keep the dispensaries running safe and legitimately. Many dispensaries use marijuana state laws to shield them from the government. All this action really gets voters stirred up, especially young voters. Voters are one the ones with the power to really make a change. The crackdown on dispensaries is hurting the cause little by little. In conclusion the issue is already out in the open, there is not stopping it, the best the government can do is try to control it.
Kane, Mari. "The Movement to Legalize Industrial Hemp." Marijuana. Ed. Joseph Tardiff. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Contemporary Issues Companion. Rpt. from "Growing Pains." E/The Environmental Magazine. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 12 Apr. 2012
Mari Kane discuss the issue of industrializing hemp and how it was prohibited by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 because the bill didn’t distinguish between hemp and marijuana. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, but hemp does not carry the psychoactive traits of marijuana. Kane is a pro hemp advocate because it is the new billion dollar crop. Hemp can be used for a verity of things such as paper, rope, and clothing etc. America currently has laws forbidding any cultivation of the plant, but yet 99.9 percent used in the United States is imported from Europe, China, and Canada. America has the opportunity to produce jobs and save money with the industrialization of hemp. The crop of hemp has a better profit rate than other crops. For example with an acre of white corn you can get a return of about 130 dollars appose to hemp with a return of 320 dollars. The fight continuities to bring back the cultivation of this crop.
Koch, Kathy. “Medical marijuana.” Should doctors be able to prescribe the drug? SAGE publications. 1999. Volume 9, 705-728. CQ Researcher. Web. 11 Apr. 2012
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Kathy Koch speaks on the subject of medical marijuana. Koch starts by introducing a story of a cancer patient that talks about how marijuana helped him through his fight. Even after hundreds of studies, experiments and reports, society still has not come on a consensus on if medical marijuana is an acceptable medical agent. Change has been sparked with states passing referendums legalizing the...