The issue of marijuana legalization has been a controversial topic for the past four decades. Over the past several years, many states within the United States have began to liberalize their marijuana laws, which has caused many to question whether or not marijuana prohibition should be ended. In reality, it is difficult to make a one-sided judgment on the legalization of marijuana because on one hand the drug can be widely used for medical purposes, and on the other hand it is still able to cause addiction and other problems associated with heavy marijuana use (cardio respiratory problems, loss of cilia within the throat, etc. ).
Recently, the television show, “Crosstalk on Drugs: Legally High” (2012), which is a moderated conversation between multiple guest speakers, discussed both sides of the debate into great detail. Today, alcohol production, distribution, and consumption are seen on a daily basis. Turn on a television show or open a magazine in the United States and you are bound to see someone with a drink in hand, an occurrence that was unthinkable nearly a hundred years ago during alcohol prohibition. Over the past 40 years the “war on drugs” has been fought and has caused high levels of incarceration and a staggering death toll across the Mexican border.
In Mexico, upwards of 60,000 people have been killed by organized drug crime gangs during the past 6 years. Over the past several decades there has been a growth of support for the end to marijuana prohibition era. The most recent election saw two states pass marijuana legalization legislation (Colorado and Washington State), which has drastically changed the marijuana conversation. Despite Obama and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) strict drug policies, these states will regulate the sale and consumption of taxed marijuana, much like how alcohol is controlled today.
On the pro-legalization side of the debate, the “war on drugs” now costs the country a whopping 40 billion dollars per year. Along with this rising cost the war has been isolating minorities, most notably Latinos and African Americans. Just as alcohol prohibition created an unregulated underground market for booze, rise in organized criminal activity (Al Capone and the mafia), bootleggers, moonshiners, and back-alley speeasies, the American marijuana prohibition has produced much of the same as a host of drug cartels flourish south of the border.
The cartels wage their own war against one another for the rights to the most lucrative drug market on the Earth, the United States, which consumes a vast majority of all the illegal drugs in the world. Along with a decrease in cartel violence, the medical benefits associated with marijuana reform are an important argument. Many physicians prescribe medical marijuana as a relief from nausea, appetite inducer, spasm reducer in the muscles, and relief from other forms of chronic pain.
If prohibition were lifted the government would see two immediate benefits, besides neutralizing the drug cartels from marijuana production, regulation of the drug would be made possible, which would return the drug to quality control, and a sales tax could be added, which would boost the American economy. On the other side of the debate, detractors of marijuana legalization say that there are serious health consequences to using marijuana. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has stated that marijuana is a far more powerful drug than it was in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
According to their studies, someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many carcinogenic chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day. Anti-legalization supporters also argue that the drug is a gateway to more harmful, addictive substance like cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin. After viewing the interaction between people from different points of views during this installment of “Crosstalk,” I will be able to continually explore the intricacies involved in the marijuana legalization debate.
Effectively exploring both sides of the argument and discussing it with others will allow me to impartially talk about marijuana, along with the benefits and consequences of using it, to friends, family, son/daughter, colleagues, and students. Also, being a future educator, being impartial will allow me to provide students with a better awareness and knowledge of drugs and the consequences associated with using them to allow the ability for the individual to make an informed decision.
Problems With Immigration
Problematic Aspects of Emigration to Emigrants and the Host Country Emigrants move from their home nations to begin a new life in another, yet once they reach their host countries, they face challenges that they never anticipated. More often than not, many of these emigrants have endured hardships of all forms in their home nations, but most of them are treated to a surprise when they realize that what awaits them in their new home nation is far much worse than what they are running from (Dalla, 2009).
Consequently, emigrants pose some challenges to their host countries. This paper discusses two aspects that could be problematic to an emigrant as well as those that can be problematic to the host country. To start with, emigrants are bound to be surrounded by a myriad of legal problems. According to Dalla (2009) emigrants do not enjoy the full benefits of law compared to their native counterparts. For instance, if an emigrant losses their job, they may not be able to claim benefits.
This is because emigrants are associated with odd jobs. In addition, they are bound to face the challenge of always having to look over their shoulders owing to the long time they have to wait to be eligible. In the U. S for instance, refugees have to wait for ninety days before they can access healthcare services (Dalla, 2009). Secondly, there is the aspect of social support. Social interaction is crucial part of fitting into a new society, and its absence implies a feeling of isolation, discrimination or even worse, depression.
This aspect is more problematic, especially to emigrants that migrate to a new country without close friends or family members. With neither close friends nor family members to direct them around, they are likely to feel isolated, and lack social support as newcomers (Dalla, 2009). Consequently, they lack networks necessary to fit into the job market, and they opt for odd jobs. On the side of the host countries, the issue of emigrations may be problematic in that it causes a strain on available social amenities.
Every nation budgets for its citizens on an annual basis, and they never make an allowance for ‘visitors’ (Gotzke and Koven, 2010). Consequently, in the event that there is an influx of emigrants, it is likely to strain the service providers such as the healthcare, transport, and the employment sector. In addition, the strain on the resources of the host country implies that the standard of living of the native consumers is lowered. Uncontrolled emigration can cause overpopulation. Consequently, overpopulation is characterized by a many social, legal, and political issues.
If the host country accommodates emigrants without devising a strategy to regulate movement into the country, it is likely that overpopulation will ensue (Gotzke and Koven, 2010). The impact will be far-reaching affecting the vital organs of governance. For instance, overpopulation leads to increased incidence of disease outbreaks. In addition, the natives may feel threatened by the ever-increasing number of foreigners, which may lead to civil unrest. In view of the aforementioned aspects, it is evident that emigration poses significant problems both to the emigrants and the host country.
Whilst emigrants are likely to be surrounded by legal problems in addition to the lack social support, they are likely to strain the available resources in the host country. In addition, the host country may have to confront the problem of overpopulation as a result of uncontrolled influx of emigrants.
Dalla, L. R. , (2009). Strengths and Challenges of New Immigrant Families: Implications for Research, Education, Policy, and Service. New York, NY: Lexington Books. Koven, S. G, & Gotzke, F. P. , (2010). American Immigration Policy: Confronting the Nation’s Challenges. New York, NY: Springer.
Donald Glover; Modern Day Renaissance Man
People today associate progress with technology.
Modern society has advanced because people no longer have to focus on survival.
Every technological boom throughout history has been followed by advances in the way people think.
After agriculture was developed by the Greeks, the first philosophers ushered in critical thinking.
The well known age of enlightenment, The Renaissance, defined new ideas and placed greater focus on the arts.
Times of mental change are as important in the progress of humanity as are their technical counterparts because they help people understand how to live in a constantly changing world.
Despite the prevalence of scientific advancements, some critics argue that culture remains stagnant. Nevertheless, individuals like Donald Glover are actively exploring the frontier of the internet. Glover, a modern Renaissance figure, has left an indelible mark across various forms of contemporary media. Prior to his graduation from New York’s Tisch School of Arts, Glover had already established a significant online presence through his YouTube comedy group, Derrick Comedy. Furthermore, he swiftly ventured into filmmaking and released Mystery Team.
Although the movie did not have a big release, it was made as a personal project and funded with personal money. However, Donald Glover gained an enthusiastic online fanbase through social sharing websites and widespread internet distribution. Soon after graduating, he got a writing job on the highly praised comedy series 30 Rock, where he could further develop his projects with Tina Fey’s guidance. As a result, Donald quickly became successful as the main actor on the popular comedy show Community.
Following his departure from 30 Rock, Donald Glover embarked on a new path, venturing into several creative domains including filmmaking, stand-up comedy, hip-hop music, and acting. This shift in direction played a crucial role in solidifying his reputation among today’s youth and especially within nerd culture. Thanks to his multifaceted abilities, Glover has been able to explore a broad spectrum of artistic pursuits. His comedic performances have earned him significant acclaim with numerous sold-out tours and two Comedy Central specials.
Donald Glover’s various projects have showcased different sides of his talent. For those familiar with his role as Troy from Community, the specials presented a contrasting view of him through the often-controversial humor of 30 Rock. Additionally, Donald Glover has pursued a successful career in hip-hop, exploring two musical avenues: mcDJ, where he showcases his skills as a producer and DJ persona; and Childish Gambino, an alias inspired by a Wu-Tang Clan name generator that he used during high school.
Glover has dedicated his time and passion to the genre without asking for anything in return, releasing all but his most recent album for free digitally. His popularity has made Childish Gambino a unique figure amongst the socially hip. When listening to his music, it becomes clear that his personal touch is present throughout, from personal insights about being a young black Frodo to misogynistic rhymes, all accompanied by his self-produced beats. His musical career has reached impressive heights that few will ever achieve, such as performing with Beck.
The determination and continuous quest for knowledge possessed by polymaths often prevents them from being content with their past achievements. Donald is a prime example of this, as he represents numerous recent success stories that highlight the limitless potential of possessing a general understanding of society and an unwavering drive. At the age of twenty-nine, he has already displayed numerous inherent talents that leave us amazed at the possibilities that lie ahead. As a modern-day Renaissance man, Donald has achieved great feats by himself, cleverly utilizing all the resources at his disposal.