Test Blog Post #1

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My topic that I will be writing about this semester will be the legalization of recreational marijuana and how it effects the economy as well as its effects on prison reform. I chose this topic due to its high volume of controversy, as well as its’ effects on minorities in the United States. The problem, is that our nations leaders have a very skewed and ignorant view about why recreational marijuana legalization is necessary, and how greatly it effects minorities – or maybe they don’t – and this is a much more deliberate use of power than maybe millennials and others understand. That being said, it seems like it is used as a platform to disenfranchise those who use, as well as an abuse of power, by keeping people of color (African Americans and Hispanic men) behind bars for these small possession crimes. Our economy would be very different if legalization of recreational cannabis was law, and not only would it positively influence our economy – it would pave the way for prison reform regarding those who are incarcerated for small petty crimes, like possession of marijuana or its paraphernalia.

Here are some links about my topic, I hope you find it as interesting as I did. Millennials have a job to do, and that is to change the course of history – no longer allowing those with more money, to be the ones with all the power, and make all the decisions.

Pot Legalization is Transforming California’s Criminal Justice Landscape. Here’s How

The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: An Economic Opportunity for States?

Sophia Doku on the Legalization of Marijuana

In recent years the discussion of legalizing marijuana has become a national debate. I chose this topic to write about because my home state, New Jersey, just recently elected a Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, who is keen on the idea of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. Right now, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which is in the same drug classification as heroin, according to the DEA. First of all, Marijuana is a relatively safe drug with little to no long term affects, only short-term (memory loss, increased hunger, etc.). Alcohol is actually worse for you and has many more negative affects on you than marijuana. Legalizing marijuana would reap so many benefits for the whole country that there really is no opposing side of why it should not be legalized.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/legalizing_marijuana_would_net_300m_in_sales_taxes.html

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/legalizing_marijuana_would_net_300m_in_sales_taxes.html

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Sources: https://sites.google.com/site/marijuana2k14/pros-of-marijuana-usage