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AP English Language and Composition Suggested reading time—15 minutes Suggested writing time—40 minutes Directions: The following question is based on the accompanying seven sources. This question requires you to synthesize a variety of sources into a coherent, well-written essay. When you synthesize sources you refer to them to develop your position and cite them accurately. Your argument should be central; the sources should support this argument. Avoid merely summarizing sources. Remember to attribute both direct and indirect citations. Introduction: According to a study, conducted by public policy analyst and former National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws head Jon Gettman, marijuana is America's number one cash crop. He used official government figures to arrive at an estimate that the annual pot crop is worth $35 billion. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2009, 16.7 million Americans aged 12 or older use
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Unformatted text preview: marijuana, and out of those 16.7 million Americans, an estimated 758,593 people are arrested each year for possession of marijuana. Assignment Read the following sources (including any introductory information) carefully. Then write an essay in which you evaluate what the United States should consider before deciding whether or not to legalize marijuana. Synthesize at least three of the sources for support. Refer to the sources by their titles (Source A, Source B, etc.) or by the descriptions in the parentheses. Source A (Porter) Source B Source C Source D Source E Source F Source G Source A P o r t e r , D . ( 2 0 1 0 , A u g u s t 3 ) . W h y d o w e g e t h i g h ? H e m p h i s t o r y – r a c i s m , p r o f i t s & p o l i t i c s . R e t r i e v e d f r o m h t t p : / / o b r a g . o r g / ? p = 2 2 9 4 8...
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