White Paper Proposal #3- Society

For my third proposal I decided to actually go to the library and check out some books (gasp!).  It turns out that there are tons of sources on my white paper topic.  Here are some pros that I have gathered from my sources that I will want to further look into for my paper:

  • Marijuana has proven medical benefits for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, etc.
  • Marijuana is no more harmful to a person’s health than alcohol or tobacco, which are both legal and widely used, and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
  • Crime and violence, both within the U.S. and at the U.S.-Mexico border, are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of marijuana. Legalization would logically end the need for such criminal behavior.
  • Prohibition of marijuana is unwarranted government intrusion into individual freedom of choice.

Legalizing Marijuana- Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, by Rudolph J. Gerber, is one of the seven books I rented from the library.  A section of this book particularly addresses marijuana for medicinal uses.  This section discusses the Compassionate Investigational Drug Program, a program designed to provide medical marijuana for patients in need.  Although these programs exist, patients still get charged for possession, something that would not happen if legalized.  The book also has a quote from an employee of the DEA: “Marijuana, in natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man….One must reasonably conclude that there is safety for the use of marijuana under medical supervision.  To conclude otherwise, on the record, would be unreasonable, arbitrary, and capricious.”

An issue that I have come across is making a distinction between what will be the affect of either business, government, or society.  I’ve come to the realization that the changes that will occur due to legalization have an affect on each of those categories.  For example, an argument for legalization of marijuana is that it can be taxed.  This argument alone affects government and society, and can even reach to the economy.  I am going to need to figure out how I am going to organize my white paper if I can’t categorize by business, government, and society.

60 Second Awards- BC Blows the Whistle

Coach: Meg- Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Assistant Coach: Mike K.- Change Starts At Home

Captain: Jenna Romeo- Unplug for 1 Hour a Day

Quarterback: Steph- Ditch the Nukes

Offensive Coordinator: Foster- Get Rid of the Two Party System

Team Doctor: Rubio- Organ Donations

Cheerleader: Rachel Litt- Everybody Dance Now

Water Boy: Nyein- Change the World, Save Water

Team Bus Driver: Allison- “I haven’t been anywhere, but it’s on my list

Jordi’s Picks

Team Captainleading by Example:Joe- “Pay it Forward.”

Self-Help Guru :Alli- “Me, Myself, I.”

Q (for Quartermaster, the gadget guy in bond):

White Paper Proposal #2- Government

So based on my last proposal, I am going to pick a problem to address:

Conflicting state and federal law on marijuana.

I think this is particularly relevant because of the most recent election, where both Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana.

I have found two sources for this proposal- one is a CNN report published after marijuana was legalized for recreational use, and the other is an article from the White House.  I found both of these sources on Google and I believe that they are legitimate sources.

Voters have approved marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, where this smoker celebrated the “420” holiday in Denver earlier this year. But it’s still illegal, according to the feds.

“The significance of these events cannot be understated,” said NORML, a pro-legalization organization, in a news release. “Tonight, for the first time in history, two states have legalized and regulated the adult use and sale of cannabis.”

Although it is legal in two states, it is still illegal on the federal level, which trumps state laws.  In fact, the DEA reiterated that marijuana is still an illegal drug and using, possessing, and selling is breaking the law.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” the DEA said in a press statement. “In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I control[ed] substance. The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time.”

According to the Feds, as a Schedule I drug, marijuana is classified under the following criteria:

A. The drug has a high potential for abuse.
B. The drug has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States
C. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.

Relating this back to my last blog post with the images from the prohibition, I find it extremely interesting that the reasons above are the reasons why marijuana remains illegal on a federal level.  For example, how are these three points any different than alcohol.  If anything, alcohol falls into this category more than most drugs, especially marijuana.  In fact, when broken down to its chemical compound, alcohol is by far the most dangerous drug, even more so than hard drugs.  I find it very interesting that alcohol is the governments drug of choice.

So back to the problem, to solve the conflict between state and federal laws, I think that marijuana should be legalized, and also heavily regulated, on a federal level.  It should be regulated just like alcohol, with a strict drinking age and penalties for those who break the laws or drive under the influence.

White Paper Proposal #1- Economics

For my White Paper, I want to explore the topic of the legalization of marijuana on a federal level.  I will examine this topic from a economical, governmental, and societal perspective.  Currently 14 states have decriminalized marijuana, and as of 2012 eight more states are also considering removing their strict marijuana regulations.  As of now, the intended audience for my White Paper is the United States Government. Continue reading

Phil Knight Vs. Michael Moore

Below is a conversation between Phil Knight and Michael Moore after they initially met at the home of Nike:

@BigManMike: @JustDoingIt- Packing for our trip to Indonesia! #singaporeairlinesgetready #firstclass

@JustDoingIt: @BigManMike I’m not going. #backoffbigman #sorrynotsorry

@BigManMike: @JustDoingIt then why don’t you open up a factory in the states? #flintneedsjobs #americansneedjobs #closerthanindonesia

@JustDoingIt: @BigManMike say what you will, but Americans won’t make shoes. #indonesiaItIs #5dollarsaday

@BigManMike: @JustDoingIt you just wait #provingyouwrong

@JustDoingIt: @BigManMike no you just wait #imincharge #boss #endofstory

Starbucks Coffee Company

Starbuck’s mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

According to Forbes, Starbucks is one of the world’s most ethical companies (and for 6x running).  Looking more into company, it is clear that Starbucks is making efforts to conduct business in an ethical manner, from the sourcing of its products, to the environment, and to each individual store.   Continue reading

Cell Phones and Driving

Fourteen hours of my fall break was spent in the car with my friend Carly.  Of those fourteen hours, do you want to know how many of them were spent talking to Carly?  Fourteen.  Yup- I spent the entire car ride talking with Carly.  So the question is- How is that any different than if I was talking on the phone for those hours?  I am distracted in both cases, so why is one situation ok, while the other isn’t? Continue reading