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Unformatted text preview: Legalization of Marijuana 1 Legalization of Marijuana Nicole Mills BCOM/275 2/20/2012 Mark Trollinger Legalization of Marijuana 2 Legalization of Marijuana Each year more than 800,000 citizens are arrested for marijuana, mostly just for possession ("We Are The Drug Policy Alliance", 2011) . The most common argument against legalization of marijuana is that it is a gateway drug. According to an article published by The New York Times in 2009, marijuana is a gateway drug. However, this is simply not true and this essay will question the validity of the data used by the authors and identify the fallacies in the argument. Reliability, Credibility, and Validity The New York Times is considered a reputable source for information and generally well respected by its millions of readers nationwide. The data from which one article in particular written by Sarah Kershaw and Rebecca Cathcart, is based on questionable reliability, credibility, and is a possible invalid source. The article states that Joyce, a 52-year-old writer credibility, and is a possible invalid source....
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- Fall '11
- Business, Cannabis