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Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay? Pot, weed, grass, and marijuana…these are all names of the infamous drug that gives rise to d...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Pot, weed, grass, and marijuana…these are all names of the infamous drug that gives rise to debate in the United States.  There are about 4 states in the U.S. that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.  This controversial subject has been repeatedly speculated throughout the last decade, which has had many American citizens both excited and worried for the future.  Many politicians and news reports hypothesize that Marijuana will e legal for recreational use across America within the next 5-10 years.  This brings up many cases of conflict and benefits for the average citizen of America.  Many people see it as profitable for both the U.S. economy and chance of opportunities because it would save resources for law enforcement as well as create many jobs, since it will bring the nation’s largest cash crop under the rule of law.  While many others, particularly of the elder generation, see the legalization of marijuana as a problem of addictive nature for the youth and as a cause of major health issues.
There are various amounts of advantages to the legalization of marijuana being a reality throughout the nation.  A revenue boost would be a result of this new law, since new taxes for its sale would raise millions of dollars each year.  This increase in revenue would be applied for various amounts of things that can benefit the nation, including new architecture projects, recreational repairs, economic advancements, etc.  With weed being legal, the police could focus their attention on the more dangerous and harmful problems, include violence.  This would also create more spacious room in crowded prisons, because the criminal justice system would no longer be affected as often.  Time and money would be provided towards stopping violent criminals from hurting others, instead of just stopping insignificant drug problems in small areas.  This change in budget would increase the government’s profit in money by billions.  This will also decrease violence that is associated with trade of the drug, so organized crime would no longer be crime at all and less money would support it.  There would also be control over a smoker’s safety.  This is because the legalization of weed would eliminate the risk of dangerous substances being put in the drug.  Weed would no longer be laced with dangerous ingredients because there is no need to put it in them, now that it is legal.  Now the young teen that may make a mistake with the drug, won’t be harmed by this potential danger that is currently a huge risk in today’s drug society.  As well as safety for users, there would be wider access for medicinal use, for any patient that is in need of the drug for medical reasons.  It is unethical for a person to not be able to use the drug, if it is necessary for their personal stability as a human being.  In a nutshell, there are many benefits that will give prosperity to many citizens if marijuana is legalized.

There are also many disadvantages to marijuana being legalized, which gives hazard to the regular citizen of the U.S. nation.  Scientific background gives much leverage to this side of the argument, since it supports how a regular teen can easily be altered by marijuana.  This drug offers an addictive nature that is very difficult to overcome.  Addiction occurs to 10% of marijuana users and leads to withdrawal symptoms that cause everyday dependence on the drug.  Some users don’t even realize how much it affects their lives, but it gives them a long-term effect.  Since the brain is being developed at the early stages of life, usually until your late 20s, your brain will become dependant on the drug in adulthood, since it will become a routinely process in your brain.  With this inability to give up the process of smoking weed, altered perception comes into play.  It will change how your body works and alter how a person may perceive things while under the influence.  This can trigger accidents in vehicles and in decision making, just like alcohol’s affects.  The pros and con’s article states, “One study showed that marijuana was the most prevalent illegal drug found in impaired or fatally injured drivers.”  This means that many accidents are caused by being under the influence of weed, since it impacts you to do such foolish actions that a person would not do in reality.  Marijuana is also a gateway to drug use in adulthood, since people are 2-3 times more likely to abuse substances in later years, if they had used them as teenagers.  It also creates dependence on the drug and need to feel “happy” on the high all of the time, which leads them to avoiding their true personality.  It gives leverage to more intense drugs as well, which create even more dangers than weed does.  Not to mention, how it increases damage to the heart, lungs, brain, and mental stability in a regular human being.  There are too many facts that side with weed being illegal; showing how scary the next generation might be with its legalization.  What will be the next drug that kids consider “cool,” cocaine? Meth? LSD? Heroin.  No one wants the future to be addicted to these harmful narcotics, which affects how eventual society may wind up.
Personally, I side with marijuana’s illegalization because it will create an unsafe environment to the soon-to-be young generation.  Hopefully, things will seem more clear to the people of America and pot will stay as it is, an illegal drug that shall not be abused by young children.

How Technology is Affecting the Young Generations of Today's Society




How Technology is Affecting the Young Generations of Today's Society

    Everywhere you look, there is technology.  There are phones, ipods, computers, television, ipads, tablets, kindles, the list goes on.  No matter what type of electronic it is, the machine separates the user from reality.  Because of the immense distraction that it has on kids, they can never pay attention to the real world and the authentic elements that surround them.  With more and more technology, children lose their imagination, creativity, focus, and personality.  The machine consumes the child and turns them into a robot that shows no traits that make them an individual.  Not only is one specific person affected by this, but the whole youthful generation itself is altered by electronics and they all become one similar person, with no uniqueness to their soul.
   
    In the early 1900s and long before then, children grew up without technology.  With this chance of independence, these children learned responsibility and gained knowledge with the education they received.  The adolescents had genuine social interactions and actually soaked in all of the information that was taught to them because they didn't have their heads in their phones.  Subsequent to school, kids played outside and participated in athletics, making them have less of a chance of becoming obese.  These children also learned how to communicate without technological devices and even became accountable for their own actions by getting jobs in order to prepare themselves for becoming adults.  Once they grew into adults, they proved themselves and gave effort to applying the principles and ideals that they learned as children.  Once technology had legitimately to our society, they were already accustomed to their lifestyle, so they felt no need to fully adjust to an electronic world.  Of course this technology is beneficial to getting work accomplished, but the overuse of its purpose and development towards addiction to it can cause harm to one’s individuality.

Children have grown up in a world that is so technologically advanced that they have no knowledge of a society that is any different.  These kids are forced to apply themselves to these electronics and must conform to society’s progress, without a choice.  Once they grow up through the utilization of electronics, they are addicted and need it.  They play video games and watch TV, which increases laziness and adaptation to a fake world.  Teen Ink article about technology's effects on our lifestyle said, “Technology negatively affects us by perpetuating the mindset of immediate satisfaction. The creation of various portable technological devices has slowly ingrained the idea of instant gratification.”  Although movies, TV shows, and even games can spark different ideas for one’s imagination, everyone is incapable of avoiding electronic device’s power to initiate addiction to young minds.  The internet provides answers and education to citizens of the world, although it gives children the easy way out of discovering solutions on their own.  In the process of independence and research, a child is able to soak in information much more efficiently, but technology disregards this value in society.  Factual information also provides assumptions and rankings to specific subjects, like colleges that high schoolers are looking at.  Some colleges seem to better than others, which make intelligent students cower to what they think is “better” than they can achieve.  These kids lose confidence within themselves and even neglect the talents that they have because they no longer believe in themselves.  As technology continues to grow, we can only hope that our young generation will strive to liberate themselves and grow into accountable adults: “This is the future generation, so we rely on their progress in society, so we don’t fail as a unit.  Our world must learn to embrace technology without allowing it to negatively impact the creation of functional adults in society.”



The Force Wakes Up



The Force Wakes Up

The new Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens,” is coming out on December 18th, 2015 and it looks like a blast.  This will be the 7th film, following the last movie of the original trilogy.  The story takes place 20 years or so after the events in “Return of the Jedi.”  This movie will introduce all new character such as Kylo Ren, Finn, Lupita, and Pao, as well as many returning characters, such as Luke, Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca.  The film looks like a reintroduction to relationships and character development that has travelled throughout the series.  Since the new trailer has just been released, the story is beginning to form more and more.  There is a new Darth Vader-like villain, a new death-star like space shuttle that can destroy planets, and a young man becoming a Jedi. Sound familiar?  Although it may reflect past stories, this new era of the Star Wars universe will redeem the franchise of other mistakes in the past.

In my opinion and many others, the prequels were not exactly what was expected of them.  Young Anakin Skywalker is seen as too emotional, the first of the prequel trilogy movies is unnecessary, and the script was not very easy to enjoy.  Despite these problems, the lightsaber duels expressed how technology and choreographic abilities had developed over time and the sith lords were very cool to meet.  In the original series, there were only a few siths and jedis in the universe, so there was not a lot of variety, but the prequels extended the universe and the amount that they could work with.  It was fun to see Obi Wan Kenobi in his early years teaching the soon-to-be Darth Vader and go through problems of his own.  Although there was a lot of speculation over these prequels, the sequel trilogy will provide more notice to what happened to the characters were grew to love and adore in the original series.

Of course Star Wars fans are dying to see the fate of these films and are in preparation for what will come, in hopes that the franchise will be revived.  George Lucas put the film into J.J. Abrams hands, so he will develop the films into a unique way and show it in a different perspective of things.  Many have positively reviewed Abrams, “complimented the director for honoring the world that George Lucas created and for blending “old and new technology” to create the special effects in the movie,” which was said in an article about J.J. Abrams thoughts about the film.  The new way of seeing the franchise will appeal to the younger generation, because it will be the Star Wars films that they grow up to, without knowing too much about the ones that have been made before them.  Those who grew up watching the original series and are working on the cinema currently have loved watching the film come together, since they adored the universe that was created when they were just children.  Being involved in such a glorious franchise is a dream of mine and many others, so it is such an honor to develop the film into such a success as it will become to future generations.