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crt205 tutorial week 9 final project

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Axia College Material Appendix D Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. Source 1 Title and Citation: Marijuana Laws Should Not Be Relaxed. Souder, Mark. "Marijuana Laws Should Not Be Relaxed." Current Controversies: Drug Legalization . Ed. Scott Barbour. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center . Gale. Apollo Library. 22 Nov. 2009 http://find.galegroup.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/ovrc/infomark.do? &contentSet=GSRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T010&prodId=OVRC&docId=EJ30102 11227&source=gale&srcprod=OVRC&userGroupName=apollo&version=1.0 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The issue is whether or not marijuana should be legalized based on its limited medicinal uses. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. “Congress, in its reauthorization of the drug-czar's office, banned further studies of marijuana as medicine, a provision which I sponsored.” This statement is an example of the author showing bias toward one side of the issue. 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. “America’s prisons teem with young people…” is vague because there is no exact value given. “Failed by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent” is vague, as this could be 60 to 40, 3 to 2, or 6000 to 4000. “Millions of dollars in contributions” is vague because no exact value is given. “Newer and better medications” is inherently vague. “More than 400 chemicals” is vague, as this could mean 3,000,000 chemicals or 401. “Become thousands of chemicals” is vague, again because this could mean 2000 or 900,000. “Today's marijuana is more potent” is vague CRT 205
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because it does not give values for the THC content of 1960’s marijuana and 2000 marijuana. “Far more carcinogenic than tobacco cigarettes” is vague because no values are given. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. I find the source credible because the author is a Congressman who has been involved in the War on Drugs for a number of years. He presents factual information and backs up his data with a list of further readings. 5 Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. Rhetorical devices abound. Among the many: “Simple possession of marijuana” is a euphemism describing a crime. “Drug legalizers such as University of California at Los Angeles' Mark Kleiman absurdly claim…” is a downplayer. “But the 'dope fiend,'” is a dysphemism describing a drug user. “The ‘loco weed.’” Is a dysphemism for marijuana. "’Marijuana, while no more habit-forming than ordinary cigarette smoking, offers a shorter cut to complete madness than any other drug.’" Is a rhetorical definition.
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