The purpose of this assignment is to critically analyze the documentary, Weed 2: Cannabis Madness. After watching the short film, take a stance on the issue of medical marijuana. You can be either for or against it. Use any of the 3 theoretical positions we have discussed throughout the semester (functionalism, conflict theory, or symbolic interaction) to provide justifications for the legal or illegal status of medical marijuana. For instance, what companies do not want medical marijuana legalized? How can tax revenue be generated by legalizing medical marijuana? What about the creation of jobs?
Keep in mind that we are not talking about recreational use here. Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. do allow their residents, regardless of any medical condition, to purchase marijuana. However, there are 23 states that allow medicinal use if a doctor has given the patient permission to use this kind of treatment. Use examples from the film to support your position. Feel free to use other research that has been done in this area if you are interested. Be certain that you frame your position by using one of the theoretical positions. Here are some questions that may be beneficial to ask when approaching this assignment.
Who stands to benefit financially if medicinal marijuana is legalized in all states and at the federal level?
Why are we so opposed to non-traditional forms of drugs?
Are there any dangers associated with legalizing medical marijuana?
Here is the link to the documentary.
This paper should be uploaded no later than midnight on Thursday, May 5. It should be approximately 2 pages in length, 12 point, Times New Roman font. Please email me if you have any questions regarding this assignment.