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    Farmers are Using Wasted Food to Produce Energy

    Many people don't tend to understand how much food we waste as a society. Simultaneously, we underestimate how much damage this problem causes. There's an absence of an understanding in pop culture that addresses the issue, which is problematic...

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  • Yet another example of the disgusting racial violence taking place in our country. Asphyxiation and gunshots brutalize our fellow citizens of color. Police violence is the leading cause of death for young black men in America, 1 in 1,000 black men are expected to be killed by police. That’s irredeemable and an atrocity in and of itself. More…Read More

  • Hi Leslie, I found your post really compelling. We have an incredibly high teen suicide rates here in Utah, and that’s commonly attributed to the LDS church that’s dominant here. Whether or not that’s the case is irrelevant right now (though it’s an incredibly compelling argument). The article is trying to spread awareness about mental illness to…Read More

  • Interestingly enough, I wrote my discussion posts on this same topic! I’m curious to see if you agree with all the arguments I made against its legalization, they’re mainly focused on recreational legalization (like yours). – I’ve got one in affirmation of legalization too, which is what I currently subscribe to.

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    Why Marijuana Legalization is Actually a Bad Idea

    Should the U.S. Legalize Marijuana? It's a contentious question in the American political landscape right now. In Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Why I changed my mind on weed, he explains why he used to be against the legalization of marijuana but...

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    • With all due respect, I disagree, Parker. While usage will increase, the quality and the safety of the overall product will also improve. Weed grown from someone’s lab is not reliable, and buyers have no way of finding out how safe the product is. However, if it is legalized, authorized sellers will be required to pass tests on the overall hygiene of the farm and the product. This may also get rid of a large amount of illegal dealers and put them out of business, as stores and markets now sell the item cheaper and legally.

    • Dear Parker,
      I am interested in what you wrote about in your post because of how relevant it is to our lives today. Marijuana was legalized recently in my state and so this topic has come to be a frequently discussed topic amongst my peers. Everyone seems to have different ideas about whether it is right, wrong, or if the morality of it simply doesn’t matter.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is “ Gambling… was eventually legalized… [this] led to an explosion in illegal gambling, because it was far more accessible to the public.” I think this is very important to the overall argument against the legalization of marijuana because it shows how accessibility affected the population. People who may never have sought out gambling tried it after its legalization, and the same applies to marijuana use. Some may have thought it had potential dangers and followed the rules surrounding it, but once those rules were lifted they felt the vices associated with it lifted as well. Your post reminds me of something that happened to someone I know. They had never really considered trying marijuana until the dispensary opened near us. Once they tried it, they became a regular costumer.
      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you will write next because this post shows that you have valuable insight about relevant issues to today’s world. You presented the information in a clear, concise manner that was very helpful.

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