comprehensive argument analysis

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Axia College Material Appendix E Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: An end to Marijuana Prohibition; the Drive to Legalize Picks Up 1. An end to marijuana prohibition: the drive to legalize picks up.Ethan A. Nadelmann.  National Review 56.13 (July 12, 2004): p28.  (2983 words)  Article 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The principal issue presented by the source is legalizing marijuana. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. I did not identify any bias in the author. The author seemed to recognize both sides of legalizing marijuana. An example is” Is marijuana a gateway drug? Yes, insofar as most Americans try marijuana before they try other illicit drugs. But no, insofar as the vast majority of Americans who have tried marijuana have never gone on to try other illegal drugs, much less get in trouble with them, and most have never even gone on to become regular or problem marijuana users” 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. “The criminalization of marijuana for adults has not prevented young people from having better access to marijuana than anyone else.” I would say this statement is vague because it does not clearly state how young people have better access. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. At first the author seemed to be credible because he gave both sides to the argument however, I think he should have used more facts to prove his statements. 5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. “If marijuana did not exist, there's little reason to believe that there would be less drug abuse in the U.S.; indeed, its role would most likely be filled by a more dangerous substance.” Proof surrogates would be most likely the rhetorical device used because there is no evidence to back it up. 6 Identify and name any fallacies used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. Two Wrongs Make a Right “So much for protecting the kids by criminalizing the adults.” False Dilemma “Majorities in virtually every state in the country would vote, if given the chance, to legalize medical marijuana.” CRT 205
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7 State one argument made by the author. Is marijuana dramatically more potent today? There's certainly a greater variety of high-quality marijuana available today than 30 years ago. But anyone who smoked marijuana in the 1970s and 1980s can recall smoking pot that was just as strong as anything available today. What's more, one needs to take only a few puffs of higher-potency pot to get the desired effect, so there's less wear and tear on the lungs. 8
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