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At the beginning of September this year two representatives from Puerto Rico's government proposed a project where the medicinal use of marijuana would be decriminalized.  Before continuing I have to mention that since the project was proposed, there seem to have been some modifications made to it.  Not only the discussion of legalizing the therapeutic use of marijuana has taken place but there is also into debate the legalization of its recreational use.  Nonetheless, I will be addressing the debate for its medicinal use.  

The project states that those who would be classified in need of marijuana as a therapeutic medicine would only be able to use it in the privacy of their homes, not in public places.  Those who may not have the financial ability to buy pot from producers or those who may live too far from a pot shop would be given a permit to grow their own plants.  This new project has aroused much debate and conflict in the island.  There has been an observable trend where most of the younger adults are in favor of this project, while the majority of adults in their 50's and older are not.   

IN FAVOR

The group that is in favor of the project says that marijuana is scientifically proven to end the development of glaucoma; reduce stress, pain, and depression in patients with HIV/AIDS; and reduce nausea and pain caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients.  Most important, they say that the legalization of marijuana in the island will lower criminality, eliminate a lot of "puntos", and will decrease the number of people in jail.  They state that around 70% of the people in jail are in there for none violent crimes, which include possession of marijuana.        
OPPOSED

People in Puerto Rico who are against this project state various reasons why the use of mary jane should not be legal.  First of all they say that marijuana has negative physical side effects on the human body such as an increase in appetite, lowers blood flow to the brain, causes headaches, nausea, and respiratory problems.  Second, marijuana creates a psychological dependence on the user.  This means that even though the dependence is not due to chemical changes in the body, the user likes the way he or she feels while smoking pot and therefore uses it more often until he or she finds it hard to quit.  

The issue of the legalization of marijuana is very important because it brings up valid points in both cases.  Many countries and states such as Holland have legalized its use and it seems that it has not caused any negative effects, on the contrary there is less criminality and there are less people in jail.  

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In my opinion, if the legalization of marijuana will help decrease the criminality in Puerto Rico, then it is an issue that must be considered by our government.  The current governor said that he does not have a problem with debating the issue, but that he does not find it to be urgent.  After doing my research I believe it is somewhat of an urgent issue.  The criminality here in the island is off the charts and if conventional actions are not reducing it then we need to try unorthodox methods in which to lower it.

I believe that just like the uncertainty of our status, the issue of the legalization of marijuana in the island will be dwelling for many years to come.  At least it seems clear that under the current governance of Alejandro Garcia Padilla, this issue will not be resolved.    
Frances Adorno
10/27/2013

I liked you're point of view, and you're writing is very good and clear. Keep up!

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Alba
10/27/2013

I understand your point of view, even if I only agree with 95% of it. However, you did your research well, and I liked the way you wrote about it. I really liked it!

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Selena Marie
10/27/2013

Very clear writing. You followed the instructions perfectly. I like how easily it flowed, how you did your research, stated the pros and cons and then took a stance on the debate. Your post was organized, coherent and well worded. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it.

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Alanna
10/28/2013

Your writing is very good and concise. Your post is well structured. Good job!

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Angel
10/29/2013

Nice structure, and the reading is very easy. I agree with your opinion in some way about how it could decrease criminality in PR. I almost vomit watching Lady Gaga's picture... JK xD

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Sulimar
10/29/2013

Very nice post! I liked the fact that you wrote the pros and cons on this issue. Also, it was very clear and easy to read. :)

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