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Jake Campbell
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Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:26pm
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The two topics I am considering right now for the issue paper are genetically modified crops and legalization of marijuana. I am thinking of doing genetically modified food because I did the annotated bibliography (and you said I could do it for the issue paper) on that so I will already have an extensive amount of research done on the topic and at this point I have a decent amount of knowledge to know what arguments there are to each side. In addition, it is a controversial topic so discussing the arguments would be pretty manageable. My only concern is that there will be too many arguments supporting one side of the issue so it may come off like I am siding with one position and I realize that we are supposed to try and avoid that. The two sides of this argument will be whether or not the concept of genetically modified food is ethical or not and whether it is jeopardizing human, animal, and plant health.
The next issue I am considering, the legalization of marijuana, is a pretty well-known topic. This topic has been the discussion of many debates and has even been the subject of multiple television shows as well as documentaries. There are good arguments to both sides so this would make for a perfect topic to do this paper on. Again, I have my own opinion on this topic so it might be difficult to disguise that in the paper and simply represent both sides. I feel that the two sides will be obviously whether or not the drug should be legal. Those in favor will likely argue that marijuana should be legalized for medical reasons because there have been indications that cannabis can alleviate illnesses and diseases that cannot otherwise be countered. Those against the idea will probably argue that it is a drug that impairs mental ability and reaction time and therefore is dangerous to everyone else. Part of me wants to do genetically modified food since I have already done a lot of work on the topic but the other part of me wants to do marijuana because itís more interesting the GM food.

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