Proposition 19 Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis: Marijuana Proposition 19 The legality of marijuana has been the subject for debate and controversy for decades. With the new generation, the number of supporters of marijuana legalization has increased dramatically. In the United States, legalizing marijuana is a major concern because it is the most frequently used illegal drug. Nearly 98 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. Politicians have thought of legalizing marijuana to increase revenue by imposing taxes. At the forefront of this idea is California, which is currently the most populous state in the United States yet has the highest budget deficit of all states. Also, California has the 5th highest unemployment rates exceeding 12 percent. In 2009, the California economic crisis became severe as the state faced bankruptcy. This budget shortfall has caused the state to look for ways out. California’s way out of a huge budget deficit begins with Proposition 19. Proposition 19 also known as Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 will legalize various marijuana activities, allow local government to regulate these activities, allow for marijuana related government taxes, and authorizes various criminal and civil penalties by local government. The California ballot for Proposition 19 opened on November 2, 2010 in California, possibly changing the fate of marijuana legalization in America forever. The bill failed, but only trailed the outcome by nearly 500 votes. Since Proposition 19 failed it may seem evident that the article achieved its purpose, but this faulty article should receive no credit for this, whatsoever. In the article, Proposition 19 blows smoke around growing marijuana, by Mike Harden, Adam Christianson, Birgit Fladager, and Jerry Powers, the law enforcement leaders of Stanislaus Country argue various problems with Proposition

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