Legalization Essay

1391 WordsApr 22, 20136 Pages
For a special report on Marijuana and Money CNBC employed Dr. Robert L. DuPont to discuss his convictions about marijuana in an article published strictly to persuade its readers against the legalization of the controversial crop. Published in April of 2010, the point of the article is clear with its’ concise title, “Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana.” According to a biography about the author, his credibility is seemingly profound. For more than 30 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. Among his many contributions he was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and was the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1978). Following this government career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. (www.ibhinc.org), and in 1982, with his longtime colleague, Peter Bensinger, he founded Bensinger DuPont & Associates. He worked for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections heading parole and half-way house services before founding the DC Narcotics Treatment Administration, the city-wide addiction treatment program that was the model for the nation's unprecedented commitment to drug abuse treatment in the early 1970s. Dr. DuPont's signature role throughout his career has been to focus on the public health goal of reducing the use of illegal drugs. Nevertheless, with such strong beliefs and opinions on a certain subject come resilient prejudices as well. Dr. DuPont fails to bring both sides of the story into context and uses hasty generalizations with analogies and rhetoric to prove his point, and by proving his point he compromises the truth. DuPont compares Marijuana with alcohol and driving. He argues that drug impaired driving will increase if marijuana is legalized; he goes on to explain how there is already a significant

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