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Kari Wischnowsky
4/21 Discussion
Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:05pm
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The main challenge I think I will encounter while writing the upcoming issue paper is being able to locate valuable sources that do not present a biased view. The topic that I have chosen to write about is the legalization of marijuana. I used this topic for the annotated bibliography as well, hoping that I could get ahead by already having my sources selected and research done when the time came to start this paper. However, the majority of the sources I ended up finding were newspaper articles that basically just presented the authorís thoughts and views on the matter. These types of sources are not helpful to me because the purpose of the issue paper is to discuss the two sides of an argument in an objective manner without declaring a side and legitimate information, beyond someoneís opinion, is needed to properly support the different claims. I did have a few more official articles on my annotated bibliography that I can probably use in my issue paper, but I am going to have to dig a little deeper in my research to find some more sources.
I am not all that concerned with being able to write the paper with an objective attitude, because I kind of have one about this issue anyway. I believe there some beneficial qualities of marijuana, but I also think there would be some negative consequences if its use were to become more widespread and socially acceptable. If I had to choose a side, I would probably lean toward legalization, mostly because alcohol is legal and I think many its effects are worse than those of marijuana; so if one is going to be legal, the other should be legalized and regulated in a similar fashion. But like I said, I understand both sides of the argument without feeling too strongly about either one so being able to describe the issue without bias should not be too difficult.
I havenít really found any specific information that surprised me, other than how much attitudes have changed regarding marijuana use. It seems like most people are at least in support of its decriminalization and I think itís good that we are realizing the importance of greater issues.

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