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Marijuana. This Is Paper Is In An Interview Format That Give Various Viewpoints About Marijuana

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Tran 1Tam Tran11/17/03ENC 1102Final DraftJohn Baldwin Night ShowNot being able to find what she wants for her research on marijuana, Betty goes to bed hoping to get some ideas tomorrow. An hour later laying there with her eyes wide open, she decides to turn the TV on to ease her to sleep. Tonight's topic on John Baldwin Night Show is the legalization of marijuana with three special guests Arthur Hellman, Lynn Zimmer, and Clare Tyler. Arthur will be addressing his viewpoint against the legalization while Lynn and Clare will be supporting the issue. As Betty's skipping through all the channels, she comes across John Baldwin's voice introducing tonight's topic. She immediately sits up and turns the volume louder.[Betty puts in a tape to record the show as John Baldwin brings out the guests and begins watching it.]Baldwin: Hello, everyone. Welcome to John Baldwin Night Show. Tonight I am honor to have Arthur Hellman, Lynn Zimmer, and Clare Tyler here, who can inform us about marijuana and what they think about the legalization of it. First, we have Arthur Hellman who has wrote a book called "Laws Against Marijuana: The Price We Pay."Tran 2Hellman: Thank you John.Baldwin: Second, we have Lynn Zimmer who is a sociologist and also wrote a book called "Marijuana Myths Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence."Zimmer: Good evening everyoneBaldwin: Last but not least, we have Clare Tyler who wrote an article in the British Medical Journal called "In Favor of the Weed."Tyler: Hi John.Baldwin: First of all, why do you think people use marijuana?Zimmer: Most people who use marijuana begin to do so between the ages of 12 and 18. The majority of them try the drug because of curiosity.Hellman: "People whose close friends use marijuana are the most likely to try it, but most important of all, users think marijuana gives them new understanding about life" (Hellman).Baldwin: Now let's go into the main issue of tonight. Should we consider about legalizing the drug?Tyler: Definitely. "Legalizing marijuana will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement, and it will increase our country's revenue. During alcohols prohibition, alcohol was still sold and used, but people were doing it illegally. Then the government took away the prohibition law and alcohol taxes were increased" (Tyler). The same thing should happen with Marijuana.Tran 3Hellman: I strongly disagree with you Clare. If marijuana is legalized, it would become cheaper and more accessible, which will increase users. Also legalization would now feed the addicts, who tend to stop, not by choice, but because they aren't accessible.Zimmer: Actually, I think Clare had a point there with the tax increased. "Once legalized, marijuana would be made by the same people at pharmacy's, so the quality would be assured, containing no poisons or impurities. Then Marijuana could be taxed heavily because the users will be assured of 'clean drugs'" (Grinspoon, et). Taxing the drug would cause a great...

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