Position Statement Essay

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Position Statement Essay Darius Owens CIS 111-402 A controversy that has many different opinions and points of view is the legalization or conserving of laws regarding marijuana. Despite the many sides of the coin and substantial amounts of arguments, one key point that must be addressed during the larger portion of the issue is the liberties of the individual. Within the confines of United States law, keeping marijuana illegal is an infringement of our natural rights. It limits us on what we’re able and what we’re not able to do, and aside from other aspects on why it should be legal; it certainly ranks on the top reasons that should be addressed in our argument. Lets look at the different laws associated with different states for different variables throughout the United States. In Kentucky, possessing less than 8 oz. (on the first offense) is a misdemeanor that gets you one year in prison and a $500 fine. However in California, one of the most liberal states in this country, owning more than 28.5 g gets you the same misdemeanor and a year in prison. There are also punishments against the cultivation, Sale/Trafficking and Miscellaneous actions, such as paraphernalia, in every state. Roughly 700,000 people are arrested for marijuana related activities each year. Marijuana arrests in the United States doubled between 1991 and 1995. In 1995, more than one-half-million people were arrested for marijuana offenses. 86% of them were arrested for marijuana possession. Tens of thousands of people are now in prison for marijuana offenses. It seems a little farfetched that someone could go to jail just by possessing a plant, even with the cleanest of records.
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2011 for the course CIS 110 taught by Professor Reed during the Fall '11 term at Kentucky.

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