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Marijuana Legalized: How It Can Positively Effect Our Society

- The dispute over the legalization of cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, is one of the most controversial issues ever to take place in the United States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands of years in many countries across the globe. Legalization should be considered despite efforts made by groups who say marijuana is a harmful drug that will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances. The legalization of marijuana can improve our society by helping with our economy, freeing legal resources, and benefiting the overall health of the nation though medical uses....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs]

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Exploring John Mill's Harm Principle

- Freedom is a necessary principle to abide by in order for the human race to function. On the other hand, freedom can be taken advantage of, thus resulting in harmful consequences to those directly and indirectly involved. The article, “On Liberty” by John S. Mills, places emphasis on the functioning of individual liberty and its co-existence with society. Mills stresses the limits of individual liberty through what is famously known as his Harm Principle: "the only purpose for which power may be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others....   [tags: drugs, philosophy, On Liberty]

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Legalizing Marijuana in the United States

- ... Pain comes in as the number one condition treated with cannabis followed by migraines. Marijuana also provides a great relief from nausea is an appetite stimulant, helps with depression and is useful for helping people with sleeping difficulties. Other conditions that marijuana may benefit include: seizures, glaucoma, peripheral neuropathy, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder, Tourette's syndrome, ADD, and panic attacks. Cannabis has provided millions worldwide with relief from chronic pain caused by a myriad of pain-producing illnesses....   [tags: drugs, death, medical, reasons]

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Personal Opinion Essay: Should Marijuana be Legalized?

- Right now in this country (and many other countries for that matter) we are experiencing a transitional period that is dependent on legislation, legislation that is bound to reinforce or oppress marijuana legalization. It’s not every day that states have policy that conflicts with federal laws and everyone seems to have an opinion. There are many options on the table for law makers. We could see the federal government enforce their current marijuana laws by cracking down and increase their raids on dispensaries, or they could make marijuana a higher priority with agencies from the DEA to local law enforcement....   [tags: Medical, Recreational, Drugs]

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Legalize drugs

- Such an issue stirs up moral and religious beliefs; beliefs that are contrary to what America should "believe". However, such a debate has been apparent in the American marketplace of ideas before with the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920's. With the illegality of alcohol the mafia could produce liquor and therefore had considerable control over those who wanted their substance and service. The role that the mafia played in the 1920's has transformed into the corner drug dealers and drug cartel of the 1990's....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Drug War in Mexico

- What causes a group of people to continually risk their lives by attempting to enter a place where they experience a wide range of hostility. People of Mexican origin inhabited the Southwest United States long before the arrival of European Americans and the Caucasian citizens of this country. Yet now when they attempt to enter the U.S. they are met with anger, and discrimination (Library of Congress). Even with that being said if I try to gain the perspective of someone coming from Mexico to the United States, what drives you to try and enter a country where you face so much disrespect and hostility....   [tags: mexican immigration, discrimination, disrespect]

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Prohibition: A Failed Policy

- Intro: On Jan. 17, 1920 the US government enacted what would be one of the most failed and harmful policies of our history. Within five years alone, New York city had up to 100,000 speakeasy clubs, and the addiction rate had gone up by 44.6. Crime, homicide, burglary, and assault and battery had all risen by double digest percentages as well. Just 13 years later, the same amount of time the iPod has been around, the age of prohibition ended. Einstein defined “Insanity: [as] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results....   [tags: illegal, drugs, regulation]

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The Legalization of Marijuana

- Since the dawn of the trade, drugs have been a hot commodity. There is an incredibly large market for drugs all over the world. Infact, many governments attempt to squash this trade by criminalizing drugs, their dealers and their users. However, does this really work. As witnessed in many of the lessons provided during class, the war on drugs seems to be a moot point . Instead of banishing the drug trade, all the war on drugs seems to be doing is creating power vacuums to be filled by the most ruthless and terrorizing citizens of those countries producing drugs....   [tags: brief history, trade, drugs]

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LSD History/Effects

- LSD History/Effects Lysergic acid diethylamide– LSD– comes from lysergic acid which comes from ergot, a fungus found on grains such as rye. This drug was revealed in 1938. LSD causes hallucinations resulting in peoples’ minds functioning differently. People usually tend to “hear” colors and “see” sounds. Some experiences might be enjoyable, but then other “trips” have the potential to be bad. Those on a bad trip may experience strong feelings of confusion, discomfort, and fear. Flashbacks can occur anytime even after just one dose of LSD....   [tags: Drugs]

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A Brief View Of The History Of Marijuana Legalization

- The legalization of marijuana is, and has been a heavily disputed issue for decades. On one hand, marijuana could lead to a medical breakthrough, or at least provide relief to cancer and AIDS patients. On the other hand, legalizing a drug could expose it to too broad an audience. As a drug, marijuana has never proven to be anywhere near as harmful as cigarettes or alcohol. Each year in the United States, 400,000 people die from tobacco, 50,000 from alcohol, and from marijuana, zero. Regardless of what side one may take to this argument, there are some causes to this marijuana debate that everyone should know....   [tags: Illegal Drugs]

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Drug War

- The United States economy is in what can be considered a depression. The government hasn’t made many strides to fix this issue, they just keep raising the debt ceiling. A market exists that is worth trillions of dollars per year, the market being the illegal drug market. If Congress were to take the initiative and propose some law to legalize all drugs they could increase tax revenue, cut funding from some programs, and reduce collateral damage to society caused by the drug subculture. If drugs were legalized there would be tons of money to be made not only in sales tax but in business tax and in income tax....   [tags: taxation, economy, tax revenues, legalization]

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Drug Q&A

- (a) (i) An agonist is a drug that mimics a natural messenger and activates the associated receptor for that messenger. Nicotine is an agonist for the acetylcholine receptor. (ii) A competitive antagonist is an antagonist whose degree of antagonism is directly linked to the relative concentrations of the agonist and the antagonist. This indicates that both agonist and antagonist bind to the same site on the receptor or that the antagonist directly interferes with the binding of the agonist. This is a dose response curve illustrates the response to a competitive antagonist alone This is dose response curve of a competitive antagonist in the presence of an agonist (iii)A non-competitive a...   [tags: Drugs]

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Defining War

- What is war. Is it as simple as one entity against another, or is it something more. Can it be defined as simply killing, or can warfare exist without bloodshed. Reading stories and journals on previous warfare shows that there’s always more than one side. There are infinitely many viewpoints when it comes to this topic, including its overdrawn controversy among people. There are people that believe war is a necessity for this world to function, you have people that are strictly against war, and some are even indifferent about the subject....   [tags: Military History ]

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South America: The Drug War in Columbia

- This week’s readings were on South America. The section that stuck out to me the most was the “drug war” in Columbia. This affected me the most because a friend of mine was recently deployed to Columbia to assist with putting a stop to the “war on drugs” and the Cartel. He is currently in the Special Forces. He mentioned that even after two tours in Iraq, a tour in Afghanistan, and being in Afghanistan now, the Columbia deployment was the roughest, and most violent. For decades, drug traffickers, especially the various cartels have used and abused Mexico’s political system/s to traffic drugs in and out of the country, and into other countries around the world....   [tags: drug traffickers, cartels]

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Civil War

- The Civil War was the fundamental event in America's historical realization. The war fixed two necessary questions which left it unclear by the revolution. The war all started because of rigid differences between the freemen and the slave states over the power of the national government to ban slavery in the regions that had not became states yet. The American Civil War was the biggest and by far the most vicious battle in the Western world between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the beginning of World War I in 1914....   [tags: medicine,health, slaves]

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I Support the Decriminalization of All Drugs

- When societies finally become comfortable with reality, they begin to abandon the murderous laws that impede their growth. Currently, the social stigma and legislated morality regarding the use of illicit drugs yield perhaps the most destructive effects on American society. Drug laws have led to a removal of non-violent citizens from society- either directly by incarceration or indirectly by death - that is genocidal in quantity and essence. I base my support of the decriminalization of all drugs on a principle of human rights, but the horror and frustration with which I voice this support is based on practicality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Drugs, Cheating, and the Purity of America's Pastime

-      Most children who have grown up in an American household have at one point in their lives looked up to sports figures as heroes. Whether it was your grandfather telling his stories of watching Babe Ruth become a legend, your father’s stories of Mickey Mantle and the legendary Yankee teams of the 1950’s and 1960’s, or your own memory of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chasing the home run record, the feeling of wholesomeness that baseball provides has always found its way into many people’s hearts....   [tags: Baseball Sports Steroids essays research papers]

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Mexico's Drug War

- A former director of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s Mexican office once stated:” The heroin market abhors a vacuum.” The truth in this statement can be extended to not only the heroin trade but also the trade of numerous other drugs of abuse; from cocaine to methamphetamines, the illicit drug trade has had a way of fluidity that allows insert itself into any societal weakness. Much like any traditional commodity good, illicit drugs have become not only an economy in and of themselves, they have transformed into an integral part of the legitimate global economy....   [tags: United States Drug Enforcement Agency]

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Impact of Vietnam War on American Culture

- The Vietnam War began in the year 1954, after the ascension to power of Ho Chi Minh, who was a communist leader in North Vietnam. The leader was spreading communism, and because the United States wanted to stop the spread, it sent military troops to aid South Vietnamese to stop this vice. The war saw about 3million people die with the inclusion of 58,000 American soldiers. About 150,000 people were wounded during the war. In 1975, South Vietnamese government surrendered the war after the communist forces forced them to surrender....   [tags: North ietnam, Communist Leader, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Horrors of War: Coping In The Things They Carried

- Author and Vietnam veteran Tim Obrien writes of the horrors of the Vietnam War through a collection of related short stories in his novel, The Things They Carried. It is a work of fiction mixed with bits of truth based on his experiences during the war. The novel is heralded by many as a modern classic and one of the quintessential novels to read in a lifetime. The novel has inspired two feature films, and can be found on the required reading lists of high school history classes and college literature courses across the United States....   [tags: Tim Obrien, Vietnam veteran stories]

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Suicide Is An Unpleasant Outcome From War

- ... During Daniel Lister’s lecture he mentions in active duty a soldier serves a purpose, he is given a routine, but he also feels needed and important in the role he plays within the military. Soldiers attempting to transition back into civilian life in America require our assistance. The VA hospital is too large and is expected to handle too many cases in order to offer the one-on-one assistance soldiers need. Lindsay McCarl reports in her article as of 2012, over 911,000 veterans were waiting on their approval for disability (423)....   [tags: Suicide, The Complete Manual of Suicide]

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The Events that Led up to the Vietnam War

- Vietnam at War Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries of the world. It had fought for independence for over two thousand years to protect its culture from the invading countries like China, Japan, France and America. The Vietnam War which is also referred to as the Second Indochina War lasted from 1959 to 1975 (Bradley, 2009). Before French colonization Vietnam was under the influence of Chinese domination. It was known to contain different ethnicities and languages, and great diversity in social, religious and cultural values....   [tags: Southeast Asian modern history]

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Keeping America Safe

- Mexico was once a destination where people dreamed of going to. Warm weather, sunny beaches and many different cultural experiences were everywhere. For either spring break or a nice place to retire to Mexico brought thousands of tourists every year, but many things have changed over the past few years. What was once a warm beautiful place has now turned into a war zone. Drugs, gangs, and mass murders have become an everyday problem....   [tags: Legal Issues, Illegal Drugs]

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Peru and Why They Are Number One

- Peru and Why They Are Number One The trafficking of illegal drugs is nothing new, yet most governments have not found a successful way to halt the production and distribution of these drugs. These drugs include cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine which are widely known and used every day. The drug trade is the third largest in the world, valued at around $300-400 billion by the United Nations. Cannabis remains the most widely produced, trafficked and abused illicit substance in the world, with 147 million people using it, equally to about 2.5% of the world’s population; it is being produced in practically every country....   [tags: illegal drugs, cocaine, global implications]

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Why Are Prescription Drugs One Of The Most Overlooked Abused Drug?

- Why are prescription drugs one of the most overlooked abused drug in society. If society where to look into the problem they may see that money, availability, and acceptance among people the problems that create a war on this drug hard to fight. Therefore, the problem is larger than anyone would like to admit and the expectations of society on individuals push them to the growing problem of prescription drug addiction. If a person where to Google drugs to help, they would see there is a drug for every problem one may encounter....   [tags: Drug addiction, Pharmacology, Addiction]

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The Colombian Conflict

- ... By doing so, Colombia can also provide safe environments in which representatives from the state can work in, and the citizens of the area can engage and contact them without the fear of being targeted by the various armed groups involved in the conflict. Investigation groups can also be set up in relation to the extrajudicial killings. That way, convictions rates can increase and also be proceeded to provide justice and sentences. Thirdly, violations against trade unionists are also a major issue prevalent in Colombia today....   [tags: farc, devastating violence, drugs]

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Why Are Prescription Drugs One Of The Largest Overlooked Abused Drug?

- Why are prescription drugs one of the largest overlooked abused drug in society. If society were to catch a glimpse into the problem they may detect that money, availability, and acceptance among people the problems that create a war on this drug hard to fight. Therefore, the problem is larger than anyone would care to admit and the expectations of society on individuals push them to the growing problem of prescription drug addiction. If a person were to Google drugs to help, they would view that there is a drug for every problem one may encounter....   [tags: Drug addiction, Pharmacology, Addiction]

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A Call for a Revision of Mandatory Minumum Drug Laws

- ... This creates a sentencing inversion.” With the discretion of the judges included in the sentencing process, the offenders will get the sentence equal to the crime they committed. A job of a judge is to determine the sentence for an offender that will be fair and just. Through the establishment of this law, judges cannot add their input for when there is extreme circumstances, but the offenders must serve the time attributed to the crime committed. One of the more serious problem with mandatory minimum sentences is that they have a disparate effect on non-White offenders....   [tags: drugs, sentence, judges, severity, laws]

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Why Marijuana Should be Legalized

- Debate on why Marijuana should be legalized Marijuana is a public name for an illegal substance (drug) produced from the Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) plant. It is also called weed, ganja, grass, kaya and pot. The drug has many chemical compounds and in particular, it has THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is responsible for changing mind functions leading to alternations of cognition, mood, behavior, perception and consciousness. “It is the most widely used illicit substance in the world” (World, 2010, p....   [tags: Drugs, Social Issues, Legal Issues]

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Drug Dealing: Nearing Its End?

- The drug scourge facing the Americas has spread and created disaster, but in the end, it might come to an end through legalization. It is critical to examine several key components to fully understand how drug cartels, specifically South American, work and how there is the possibility of stopping this grand diffusion that has mostly taken place in this last half century. The inner workings of the cartels are complex and essential to their success and spread. Part of the process is how drugs get shipped to different parts of the world....   [tags: Drugs & Alcohol]

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Legalizing Drugs or Joining the Drug Addict Circle?

- Over the years, drug abuse has been a rising problem in almost every country in the world. Day by day more people are involved in this endless cycle of drug craving, money shortage, and drug related crimes. Congressmen and politicians of United States, seeing this unstoppable crime wave which is about to spread throughout the country, begin to address various kinds of possible solutions to end this crisis in the most efficient and effective way. As discussed in Alan M. Dershowitz's "The Case for Medicalizing Heroin" and Charles B....   [tags: Current Events]

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Applying Chemistry to Fighting Cancer

- ... A chemical agent known as mustard gas was used in combat during World War I, and later studied during World War II. It was found to be effective in fighting the cancers of the bone marrow cells. This cancer, known as Lymphoma, was the result of the exposure that soldiers had to mustard gas. As research went on, scientists found a compound of mustard gas, called nitrogen mustard, was effective at fighting Lymphoma. The nitrogen mustard agent became the model for future effective agents that were able to kill quickly growing cancer cells by damaging the cells’ DNA....   [tags: chemotherapy drugs]

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The Horrors of a Child Soldier

- Child Soldiers Since 1998 over 100000 child soldiers have been released from armed groups and that is just a few of the many more children that have been abducted by rebels and other military groups. These children are forced to fight for these groups and in return the children get drugs and get addicted so they will come back to their groups to get more. The use of Child soldiers is horrific but the history of the problem does not go back too far but the extent of the problem today has been terrifying....   [tags: Abduction, Drugs]

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The Coca and the Cocaine War

- THE COCA AND THE COCAINE WAR The current “War on Drugs” involves skirmishes in an arena with two fronts: The consumer and the manufacturer. The successes and failures of the battle are not clearly identified without first looking at how the battle can be ultimately won. When it comes to cocaine, the problem of punishing the whole instead of the individual is hard to define. Many countries use the raw ingredient, the coca plant, as part of a social and cultural structure. The only way to win the “War on Drugs” is to focus war efforts on fighting the manufacturer of the finished cocaine product....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Sex and Drugs Have Always Been in the Music

- It seems as if someone is always complaining about popular music on the market.  References to illegal drugs and sexual conduct are two of the most common complaints.  Adults claim that rock and roll stars are bad influences to children.  The lyrical content of songs and the examples set by musical idols are not suitable for minors.  Today's music, especially, tests the limits of good taste.  Objections to artists like Eminem, Lil' Kim, and Fred Durst are everyday occurrences, but what the judgmental public and media do not discuss is that these complaints are anything but new.  Songs by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Doors have also been objects of this type of condemnatio...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Effects Of War And Music Together

- The Effects of War and Music Together How are music and war related. Music puts a voice in the people’s ears, and tells them whether or not we should be involved in that war. It helped out the troops when they were over seas to not be so home sick. Also, every war preceding the Vietnam War had music to help or support the war, but the Vietnam War is where music during wartime changed. The Vietnam War has been called "America's first rock-and-roll war" because of rock music that was played and listened to by all Americans....   [tags: essays research papers]

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It's Time to End the Drug War

- It's Time to End the Drug War Uhh, uhhh B.I.G., P-O, P-P-A No info, for the, DEA Federal agents mad cause I'm flagrant Tap my cell, and the phone in the basement -Notorious B.I.G. lyrics from “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” In Christopher Wallace’s (a.k.a. Notorious BIG) “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”, the late rapper from Brooklyn mentions his run in with the police earlier in his life. Christopher Wallace came to be known as arguably the greatest rapper the world has ever heard, but before the days as a famous entertainer Christopher Wallace an average crack dealer in New York....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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The Welfare Provided For British People at the Beginning of World War Two

- The Welfare Provided For British People at the Beginning of World War Two 1. The welfare at the beginning of world war two covers many areas such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, pensions and childcare. The first subject I'm going to discuss is health insurance. Health care or health insurance started early on in the century. In 1907 a school medical service was provided which tested children's health and recommended treatment when needed. In 1912 this was improved and children could now be treated for free in their school clinics....   [tags: WWII World War 2 Essays]

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Medical Advancements During World War Two

- ... Pharmaceutical companies researched many medicaments to see if they could potentially cure other diseases or infections than originally thought. They were looking for new possible curing abilities that a drug may have. An example of a famous, world-changing drug that was used a lot during World War Two is “M+B”. It was created by the May and Baker company, and was used to treat many infectious diseases such as gonorrhea, pneumonia, and many other diseases of the sort. Winston Churchill, the prime-minister of Britain at the time, was actually treated for pneumonia by “M+B”....   [tags: medications, antibiotics, pain]

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Country Risk Assessment on Japanese Imports of Drugs

- Country Risk Assessment on Japanese Imports of Drugs History Japan, being the world’s most dynamically competitive nation, is facing an ironic balance in trade with the U.S. The Japanese economy relies too heavily on exports, especially to the U.S., causing increasing trade surpluses. They have been in a repetitive cycle for the last 25 years in which the government allows the yen to fall against the dollar to boost exports and restrict domestic growth to dampen imports. The Japanese government has set too many trade restrictions on U.S....   [tags: Economics Politics]

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The War On Drug : Prison Funding And Much More

- ... In an CNN report, it claimed that the government “spent Nearly 468 billon in drug preventions.” Why so much. Exactly, what everyone is asking there government. Why not just use half of that money in building school that can help educate children and keep the new generation off the street and out of jail. In the book I’m a Stranger here Myself, Bryson stated “Texas voted down $740 million bond proposal to build new school, and endorsed a $1 million bond to build new prisons, and just to convict drug offensives.” Why....   [tags: Prison, Recidivism, Penology, United States]

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The Miracles of Cannabis

- The Miracles of Cannabis There are so many advancements being made in the medical field with cannabis. Cancer patients are finally receiving some relief from nausea, among other symptoms, with this much known and popular drug. Also, our soldiers and veterans returning from the war overseas can get relief from the posttraumatic stress depression they are burdened with on a daily basis. Some even say that if they use it with the onset of a migraine, it prevents the migraine completely. Cannabis has more medical value then some people realize....   [tags: Medicinal Drugs]

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The Price of Success

- “At age 18, John Doe was a senior in high school bench-pressing 300 pounds. His abilities were backed by countless hours of training in the gym throughout his tenure in high school. John then went on to college and continued his strength-training regimen for his four years spent there. During that time, he raised his benching ability from 300 pounds to 420 pounds. Many athletes would be thrilled to get even 200 pounds let alone 420, but John wanted to test his capabilities and kept going. John began a cycle of anabolic steroids after graduating from college....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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A Brief Note On The Civil War Swept Cambodia

- ... This paper will compare three major health issues in Norway and Cambodia - mental health, alcohol abuse, and nutrition - and how they are addressed in each country. Mental health is bleak in Cambodia. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression are rampant in Cambodia after a 40 year civil war. Almost all in Cambodia lost love ones due to the conflict, and many were in the face of terror themselves. “They tried to scoop my eyes out, and they wanted to rape and kill me,” citizen Chun Rany relates from a Cambodian mental ward....   [tags: Health care, Health economics, Nutrition]

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The Drug Problem and the Current Justice System

- The Drug Problem and the Current Justice System The United States Correctional System is often challenged as to whether it wants to rehabilitate drug offenders or punish them, and because of this it mostly does neither. Even though drug abuse and drug trafficking are widely spread national issues, the mental, social, and economic costs of "healing" through incarceration are only making the "disease" worse. Never before have more prisoners been locked up on drug offenses than today. Mixed with the extremely high risks of today's prison environment, the concept of incarceration as punishment for drug offenders cannot be successful....   [tags: Argumentative Drugs Prison Legal]

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The USA and Latin American Countries After the Cold War

- ... Because with time, everything can change. After the fall of the Cold War the global world changed completely. The US had made many bold moves in order the keep it’s hegemony and to fight off communism.Which led the United states to losing its global power status and made it adjust to the criticisms coming from all angles. Latin American countries finally saw a way to set themselves free and advance into the world market and more so, into the multipolar world that would soon be in full force....   [tags: military cooperation, interests]

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Unfair Drug Laws in America

- The existing drug laws are very inefficient. This paper will focus on the people and the specific elements that are affected by the inefficiency of the drug laws. When looking at the drug laws at a glance a person might be lead to think that they would be very effective and they seem reasonable. While drug laws in themselves are necessarily wrong, some of the discrepancies in the laws make them unfair and take from the category of handing down justice and puts them into the category of cruel and unusual....   [tags: Argumentative Drugs Marijuana Essays]

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The Legacy of President Ronald Reagan

- During the 1980s, the legacy of Ronald Reagan was reflected upon the Iran-Contra affair, the fall of communism, and the impact of illegal drugs. The Iran-Contra affair jeopardized the very legacy of the president. Reagan was appraised for and credited for the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the global threat of communism. Another form of threat to the legacy of Reagan and his administration was the threat of illegal drugs in the United States. Thus proving how much the 1980s was an era of both turmoil and triumph that could have affected the outcome of the president's legacy....   [tags: iran-contra affair, illegal drugs, communism]

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The Civil War

- The civil war in Colombia has touched all aspects of its political,social, economic and cultural life. The endurance of the war has created instability in the domestic sphere, while in the international arena, the conflict has provided consistency inforeign perceptions of Colombia. Colombia has been identified asa violent, brutal and dangerous place not only for foreigners, butfor Colombians themselves. From the early 1960s the people’ have struggled to implement their own vision of the future, andarguably, their own version of the past....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Smuggling, Colombia]

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Evolving Structure of Mexican Drug Cartels

- "A businessman, and a business woman sit across from each other in negotiations. The man proposes four thousand pesos, and the woman says she can't afford that much. She counter-offers with twenty-five hundred pesos. The man agrees and leaves. This was a weekly payment for the protection of the woman's local business against the Juarez Cartel." (Lacey, M. 2010). Many critics are now making comparisons between the Mexican drug cartels, like the one mentioned above, and legitimate corporations like Netflix, or Google....   [tags: juarez cartel, mexican cartels, trafficking drugs]

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The Drug War

- The consensus in regard to drug laws favors more stringent and domineering laws, with the attempt to quell use and punish crime. There are many claims used against drug legalization, such as, moral degradation, crime, the destruction of inner cities, along with families, diseases, such as AIDS, and the corrupting of law enforcement. When one examines the effects of prohibition, one has to inquire: has the price been worth it. Certainly, an argument for the abolition of prohibition does not include the favoring of drug use, but merely recognizes the vain and utopian attempt to control individual choices....   [tags: American Government, The Constitution]

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Drug War

- Drug War or Hypocritical Policies As of April 21, 2005, the U.S has spent $6,193,703,704 Federal dollars and $9,507,335,186 State dollars1on the “Drug War” in America. Has all of this money gone to waste or are we fighting the inevitable. I say the inevitable. We as Americans don’t want the governments side of EVERYTHING we have a say in what goes on in this country, don’t we. If this is so why then is this occurring: “In 2000 it was discovered that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy used financial incentives to get newspapers and magazines to editorialize in favor of the drug war and get TV and movie producers to change their scripts to reflect pro-drug war views....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Marijuana Legalization

- For over 4,000 years the cannabis plant marijuana has been used medicinally by a variety of cultures around the world. It was used as medicine in the United States until 1937 when a new tax fee led to its discontinued use. In 1972 marijuana was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is the common name for the hemp plant Cannabis sativa ("Medical Marijuana"). Hemp grows in tropical as well as temperate climates. The dried ground leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant have a long history for their use as drugs....   [tags: legal issues, drugs]

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Mexican Cartel

- Mexican Cartel Drug War Mexico has a long history of cartels the deaths, drugs and weapon trafficking is in all time high increasing year by year. “Mexico's gangs have flourished since the late 19th century, mostly in the north due to their proximity to towns along the U.S.-Mexico border. But it was the American appetite for cocaine in the 1970s that gave Mexican drug cartels immense power to manufacture and transport drugs across the border. Early Mexican gangs were primarily situated in border towns where prostitution, drug use, bootlegging and extortion flourished” (Wagner)....   [tags: Drugs, Weapon, Trafficking]

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Legalize it

- In this paper I intend to show that the motives for the criminalization of marijuana was not for the public good, but were inspired by bigotry and fear, and potentially for political and monetary gains. This paper will also show that contemporary arguments for the continued criminalization of marijuana are based on skewed studies rather than factual information and that regulation, taxation and responsible use are the solutions to satisfying the demands of both sides of the issue. Finally, this paper will examine the constitutionality of marijuana criminalization and whether it should be decriminalized on this point alone....   [tags: Legalization, Marijuana, Drugs]

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Heroin and Morphine

- Heroin, the drug that has been around for centuries has been making a come into American street. It popularity is growing to the size coke and crack had in the eighties. This time how ever its happening in the rural parts of America. Instead of the the cities like most drug out breaks. Where did this drug come from and what makes it different from any other drug that is on the market. Heroin's origins go back long before Christ was a bleep on the radar. It goes back to 1200 B.C. Or the Bronze Age....   [tags: Drugs, History]

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Narco-Terror: the United States, the Drug War, and the War on Terror

- Narco-Terror: the United States, the Drug War, and the War on Terror Introduction The United States has had a long-standing policy of intervening in the affairs of other nations when the country has thought it within its best interests to do so. Since the 1970’s the United States has tried to impose its will on other nations to combat the most pressing political enemy of the day often linking the war on drugs to the matter to stoke support both domestically and abroad. In the times of the Cold War, this enemy was communism and the government tried to make the connection of the “Red Dope Menace” insinuating drug links with China, Castro’s Cuba, and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Economics, Winning Bolivias Drug War

- Economics is Winning Bolivia’s Drug War A 1998 article from the New York Times reported that Bolivia was winning its war against drugs as a result of two factors that influence the market for coca, which is used to make cocaine. First, Bolivian soldiers raided a number of coca plantations and destroyed the crops. Second, Colombians began growing more of their own coca and, as a result, now buy less from Bolivia than in the past. I am proposing that the basic principles of supply and demand are what helped to solve the drug problem....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs by Stephen Jay Gould

- “Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs” is written by Stephen Jay Gould, professor of geology and zoology at Harvard. This essay is one of more than a hundred articles on evolution, zoology, and paleontology published by Gould in national magazines and journals. It tells about scientific proposals for the extinction of dinosaurs – a confusing but an exciting problem that humanity tries to solve. By analyzing and describing each of the claims for the reptiles’ demise – sex, drugs, and disasters – Gould differentiates bad science from good science and explains what makes some theories silly speculations, while the other, a testable hypothesis....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Juvenile Drug Courts

- Drug Courts came about as a result of a backlogged court system and a steady, rapidly increasing prison population. Drug courts are a form of diversion that helps the offender through rehabilitation and the community through an increased sense of protection, which serves the best interest of everyone. Drug Courts are community based intermediate sanctions that incorporate treatment principles into the Criminal Justice System and divert drug offenders from traditional punishments of probation and prison....   [tags: Drugs Drug Court Essays ]

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It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana

- It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana Currently, drugs remain high on the lists of concerns of Americans and are considered one of the major problems facing our country today. We see stories on the news about people being killed on the street every day over drugs. To many people drugs are only an inner-city problem, but in reality they affect all of us - users and non-users. I believe that the negative affects we associate with drugs would be greatly reduced if the United States adopted a policy towards the total decriminalization of marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Medicinal Marijuana is Bad Idea

- Marijuana is a psychoactive drug made from the dried leaves and flowering parts of the hemp plant. It is one of the most strictly classified illegal drugs in the United States. Under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance, which defines it as having 'a high potential for abuse'; and 'no currently accepted medical use.'; Marijuana is therefore classified more severely than cocaine and morphine, which as Schedule II drugs are also banned for general use, but can be prescribed by doctors....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs Health Medicine Essays]

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The Debate Concerning the Legalization of Marijuana

- The Debate Concerning the Legalization of Marijuana The debate over the legalization of marijuana is long standing and will continue indefinitely for years to come. Both sides of this issue are passionate in their positions and provide strong arguments to support their stands. After reviewing all the information, I understand each argument but I feel strongly that it would do our country more good than harm to decriminalize marijuana. Aside from what the government would like you to think, there are actually positive effects that come from the use of marijuana....   [tags: Legalization Marijuana Drugs essays papers]

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Columbia and Drug Trade

- Columbia and Drug Trade Nowadays, when someone thinks of Colombia, they unfortunately almost always think of two things, coffee and cocaine (with its associated guerilla warfare). It is true that during the last 50 years these two products, one legal, and the other not, have been great monetary contributors to the Colombian economy. Coffee is Colombia’s principal agricultural product, and it is also the country’s second largest export. The production of coffee uses 300,000 farms and employs almost one million people (Steiner 6)....   [tags: Economy Drugs Coffee Columbia Essays]

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Legalizing Marijuana

- Are there advantages to legalizing marijuana in America. The issue of legalizing marijuana has long been a topic of discussion among state and federal government officials. Individuals on both sides of the argument vocalize great points for and against legalization. However, looking at the facts it would be very difficult to make a sound argument against the legalization of marijuana. Medical marijuana in California alone is estimated to be a 14 billion dollar a year industry generating millions of dollars in taxes for local and state government (Lacter 2011)....   [tags: Drugs, Tax Revenue, Prison Populations]

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War Child

- Child Soldiers: The use of children in the military. Child Soldiers have three different roles in armed conflict. They can take a direct part in hostilities, or they can be used for support, such as sexual slaves, lookouts, messengers, and spies. Also, they can be used in the political aspect of war. Because many children have been physically or mentally damaged by their participation in armed conflict, children should not have any involvement in any armed conflict and should be removed indefinitely from warfare....   [tags: Social Issues]

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Border War

- Illegal Immigration, words that spark an argument between Americans in a split-second. Some believe that the illegal aliens should be allowed into the country no matter what, but others believe that people should only be allowed if they do it the right way, by taking a test. The earliest migrants came here legally, the rules haven’t changed, so the people who want to enter the country should follow in the footsteps of those who have came before us. Border War and many Americans believe Immigrants should take the test and earn their citizenship, not go against the rules and sneak in....   [tags: Illegal Immigration]

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The War On Tobacco

- The War on Tobacco Each day, millions of Americans of all ages light up a cigarette distributed by the tobacco companies. Smoking is a habit that, in the long run, causes cancer and other diseases associated with the lungs. Now, this deadly cancer causing drug is one of the leading causes of death in America today. Some may argue that it is a person¹s choice to smoke and that the tobacco companies are innocent because of this. In actuality, the tobacco companies are to blame for toying with the lives of millions of Americans....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Drug War Failures and Drug Company Successes

- In the May 1999 issue of Harper's Magazine, Joshua Wolf Shenk's article "America's Altered States: When does legal relief of pain become illegal pursuit of pleasure?" states: From 1970 to 1998, the inflation-adjusted revenue of major pharmaceutical companies more than quadrupled to $81 billion, 24 percent of that from drugs affecting the central nervous system and sense organs. Sales of herbal medicines now exceed $4 billion a year. Meanwhile the war on Other drugs escalated dramatically. Since 1970 the federal antidrug budget has risen 3,700 percent and now exceeds $17 billion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Bush's War On Terror and the Erosion of Civil Liberties

- Bush's War On Terror and the Erosion of Civil Liberties Nearly all the amendments in the Bill of Rights have been reduced since the beginning of the war. The fourth through eighth amendments have been especially hit hard by this “war.” Search & seizure, due process, a speedy and public trial with a jury, and cruel & unusual punishment have all been disregarded as part of the current administration’s policy. The “War On Terror” has effectively eroded the civil liberties that Americans fought centuries for....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]

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Argument for Legalization of Marijuana

- Marijuana has become one of the most controversial drugs in America. Ever since its cultivation began around 1611, marijuana has puzzled people with its effects. Many question marijuana?s classification as a schedule one drug. A schedule one drug is one that has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. Some argue that the war on drugs, in particular marijuana, has cost taxpayers billions and is wasting funds that could be used on more important tasks such as improving transportation or education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Weed Drugs Legal Essays]

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Drug Legalization

- This paper will prove that America’s drug laws are ineffective and cause more harm than good. The notion that a state of freedom exists in America is completely voided by narcotic laws. Narcotic laws cause a black market, which raises the prices of drugs to astronomical levels. These high prices cause drug addicts to turn to crime in order to support their habit. There exists substantial evidence that marijuana is less harmful than legal product like alcohol or nicotine. The war on drugs is comparable to the Vietnam War in its harm on the current generation of minorities....   [tags: Drugs Argumentative Use Essays]

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Anti-Hemp Legalization

- Anti-Hemp Legalization The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was the first ban on hemp in the United States. Then in 1942 the government lifted the ban and encouraged farmers to cultivate hemp to help with the war effort. The ban was later put into effect again in 1957. The ban of hemp in America is still in effect by the Controlled Substances Act of 1972. Hemp or cannabis sativa is the same species as marijuana. It is impossible to grow hemp without the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rich leaves and seeds....   [tags: Hemp Marijuana Drugs Essays]

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Today's Drug Laws

- Today's Drug Laws Today?s drug laws seem to do more harm than good. The so-called drug war hasn?t seemed to be as effective as it was intended to be. Its original intent lies in its name, to attack the drug problem in America. Nixon started the war on drugs in the late sixties to stop drug abuse at the source, the distributors. Another intention for the war on drugs was to show individuals taking part in this illegal activity that their participation would cause serious consequences. The government has taken drastic measures to keep drugs out of our nations streets, from attacking the frontline in The Columbian drug fields, to making numerous drug busts in urban cities across the United S...   [tags: Papers Society Laws Drugs Narcotics Essays]

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The Drug Heroin

- Drugs Drugs have been around for hundreds of years. Indians were known to have used Opium and other drugs for medical and various other purposes. During the 7th Century A.D. in China a drug emerged called Opium. Opium, the dry juice from immature seed pods of the opium poppy plant, is a narcotic drug that is very powerful in the relief of pain but is also very addictive. At the beginning Opium was like any other drug, but then people unaware of the harm it could cause began to use it more and more often....   [tags: Drugs History Narcotics Abuse Essays Illegal]

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Legalization of Marijuana

- The Legalization of Marijuana      Marijuana is a plant, known as cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, which contains a psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The effects of THC include disruption of psychomotor behavior, short-term memory impairment, intoxication, stimulation of appetite, antinociceptive, and antiemetic activities. Marijuana, the Mexican name given to cannabis is a mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the plant. Cannabis is a term that refers to marijuana and other preparations made from the same plant....   [tags: Weed Drugs Illegal Essays Papers Cannabis]

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Legalizing Marijuana

- Legalizing Marijuana Drugs are a major influential force in our country today. The problem has gotten so out of hand that many options are being considered to control it or even solve it. Ending the drug war seems to be a bit impossible. The war on drugs seems to be accomplishing a lot but this is not true. Different options need to be considered. Legalization is an option that hasn't gotten a chance but should be given one. Although many people feel that legalizing marijuana would increase the amount of use, marijuana should be legalized because it will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement and it will increase our country’s revenue....   [tags: Drugs Weed Legal Argumentative Essays]

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Legalizing Marijuana

- Legalizing Marijuana Why marijuana. Why legalize marijuana for recreational use. I think the question we should ask ourselves is ?why not?. Are there any benefits. Again, the focus is misplaced. The question should be how do the benefits of decriminalizing marijuana far outweigh the negative aspects. Why was marijuana made illegal in the first place. Marijuana is certainly not illegal due to health concerns, because if that were the case alcohol and tabacco would be illegal as well. The fact is Americans demand the freedom to choose....   [tags: Papers Weed Drugs Legalization Essays]

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Spiritual War

- War is any active hostility, contention, or struggle. Throughout our lives we wage a constant mental war. This 'spiritual'; war is a languid process that shapes our lives and engenders many journeys in life. Conflict arises within our vibrant minds through decisions and emotions that we make from a day to day basis. This battlefield promotes failure and success. Decisions make up the main bulk of our inner conflict. In making a decision, two possible situations come to mind--one can either do this or that....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Legalizing Marijuana

- What is Marihuana. This question has been turned inside out. In some of the discussions of effects and orientations different people had varied concepions of marihuana. It seems to moft people it is more of a social object. As one experiences the use the definition of marihuana comes to light. The experience of the use of it whether good or bad defines Marihuana comes to light. The experience of the use the definition of marihuana. A survey was made in a simple random sample of 300 students represention about 60 percent of the student bady at a midwest college....   [tags: Illegal Drugs]

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