Month: April 2014

Free write marijuana legalization section 2

To summarize Paul, legalization of marijuana can serve as a boost to the economy and a good medical resource, but from the viewpoint of the conflicting side, marijuana is a gateway drug, it contributes to rising crime rates, and it effects the health of the user as well as the people around them.
First, while marijuana may not be explicitly dangerous, it leads to harder drugs like heroin, cocaine, or prescription medicine abuse. This is the gateway hypothesis. In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated, “marijuana users use it thinking it is harmless, but it causes a high and then a bigger high is needed to have an effect, so people turn to harder drugs.” Once a smokers’ tolerance builds up, they want to find a stronger buzz and are more likely to transition to something more intense. But they continue to smoke pot as well. The need for a stronger use of drug is more likely if the smoker starts at a younger age. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 16.7 million people ages 12 or older are current marijuana users, which means they had been using the drug for at least a month. A reason for the high number is because many people don’t see a great risk in marijuana smoking since people they look up to in the Hollywood industry indirectly advocate for its use whether it be in songs, movies, or speeches.
Second, marijuana plays a role in the rising crime rates. Legalization of marijuana would lower the price people have to pay leading to a rapid rise in the user rate, which means a higher number of people addicted. Because of this higher number, drug impaired driving, domestic violence, and robbery rates will rise as well. Alcohol and tobacco have been legalized, taxed, and been given age limits, but this has not stopped crimes from happening because of their impact. What makes people think the same won’t happen for marijuana legalization?
Third, marijuana not only affects the health of the person smoking, but also affects those around them. UCLA conducted a study that states, “The daily use of 1 to 3 marijuana joints appears to produce approximately the same lung damage as smoking 5 times as many cigarettes.” The way a smoker inhales the chemicals of the marijuana smoke increases the physical effects on the body. There are short term side effects when smoking marijuana, which include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, slowed reaction time, and blurry vision. Ruben Baler, who is a neuroscientist with the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated, “The active THC chemical in marijuana hijacks and corrupts the ability of the brain to mature and grow.” This has a high affect on not only young adult smokers, but also children that start at a young age, and as I mentioned before, the youngest marijuana smoker taken in the poll was about 12 so by the time they reach adulthood, their brain will be impaired. Studies have found a connection between marijuana and schizophrenia; Cardiff University’s School of Medicine in Wales found that daily marijuana use among teens and young adults increased their risk of, “developing a psychotic illness, like schizophrenia, later in their lives by more than 40 percent.” The more a person smokes, the higher the risk. Now, all of these are affects on the smokers’ body, but marijuana affects the people around the smoker. Bystanders are able to “get high” off of second hand smoke, and tracks of THC metabolites can be detected in urine if they inhale enough of it. So marijuana smokers need to be aware of the people around them while smoking.


Free write Marijuana legalization speech

Although the debate on whether marijuana should be legalized or not continues and people debate the pros and the cons, multiple states have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes, while two states have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty states and Washington, DC have legalized marijuana for certain medical reasons with California being first to legalize medical marijuana in proposition 215 in 1996. Reasons for this legalization vary, as marijuana can be used from pain relief to appetite stimulation. It is also sometimes used for relieving some of the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis.
Two states, Washington and Colorado, have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. Colorado’s amendment states that among other things, marijuana is only legal for persons 21 years of age and older, and individuals are required to show proof of age. The amendment also states that selling to minors is illegal as is driving under the influence of the drug. Basically, marijuana is to be treated similar to alcohol, and is even taxed in the same way.
Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana for adults for several purposes. Washington’s initiative to legalize marijuana focuses on reasons being so that law enforcement could focus on other more violent crimes, as well as property crimes. Legalizing marijuana would supposedly generate new state and local tax revenue to help support education, healthcare, research, and other areas in need of funding. Also it would be under a controlled system and be tightly regulated instead of being in the hands of illegal drug organizations.
However, even as the states may legalize marijuana, the drug will remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act and is an offense under Federal law. This is because he raw marijuana plant, which contains nearly 500 different chemical compounds, has not met the safety and usefulness standards of the FDA. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), “smoking marijuana is an unsafe delivery system that produces harmful effects.” also says, however, that “The FDA has recognized and approved the medicinal use of isolated components of the marijuana plant.”

Letter to past teacher

I would like to address my senior year English teacher, Mrs. Smith (Not her real name). Mrs. Smith was a great, nice, energetic teacher. However, I feel that I really did not get much out of the class. This teacher would always give me B’s on every single assignment and would write vague comments on the side correcting me. When I would ask her about the comments and how I could improve, she really was not helpful. She could never give me specifics and never gave very good writing advice. I would always try so hard to get better than a B on my assignments but literally every graded assignment I got back was a B. I did not understand how I could be trying so hard and just getting an average grade on every assignment.
Looking back at the situation after I have taken a semester course of GWRTC 103, I guess I was lacking a good drafting strategy. And what I mean by that is I didn’t even draft at all. I think that is a place where I still need to improve in all subjects of writing. The one thing I did get out of the class was trying really hard to strive for A’s on all of my assignments. Not that I didn’t do that before, but she made me work so much harder to get an A. My senior year English teacher did not prepare me in many ways for a college level writing course.

plant gro lab report discussion section

We predicted that a reduction of MgSo4 in our experimental recipe would not only be cheaper but be as effective as PLANT-GRO is with plant growth, leaf development and weight or mass for the species Zea mays and Phaseolus vulgaris. Our results did not support our prediction due to the noticeable difference in leaf development, height growth and average weight or mass difference according to recipe. The PLANT-GRO recipe was larger in all categories than the Experimental recipe for both species of plants. By decreasing the Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) from the PLANT-GRO recipe for the Experimental recipe, the plant had a decreased amount of Magnesium and Sulfur. The Experimental recipe had removed too much MgSO4, for the plants given the Experimental recipe showed signs of Magnesium and Sulfur deficiencies. Magnesium deficiencies are expressed in a decreased amount of leaves and chlorosis, since Magnesium is used in photosynthesis. Sulfur affects the protein structures in the cells, so deficiencies are expressed in a considerable reduction in plant growth and weight. These deficiencies lowered the average leaf count, stalk height, and weight for those plants given the Experimental Recipe.
Magnesium and Sulfur are nutrients that greatly affect the size of plant growth. By drastically reducing the amount of Magnesium Sulfate in the Experimental recipe compared to the PLANT-GRO recipe, big deficiencies occurred. To increase plant growth, the Magnesium Sulfate should not be decreased in the class recipe. However, it would be beneficial to observe the color of the leaves and the length of the roots for each species of plants as well as the stalk height, leaf count, and dry mass. This will show the health of the plant and narrow down nutrient deficiencies better in order to make a better class recipe.

free write plant gro lab results

Referring to the Species #1 (Zea mays) result charts above, there are trends that emerged after weeks of feeding individual Zea mays plant species. Leaf development, height growth and weight were the three categories measured and compared. In all categories, PLANT-GRO scored a higher average number of leaves, higher stalks, and a higher average dry weight or mass. Although our experimental recipe did not show a large gap of difference in these categories, it was a noticeable trait or trend. It was also observed that plants numbers 3,6, and 5 in the experimental pot seemed to have necrosis defined by the browning at the end of the leaves. No necrosis was found on the PLANT-GRO corn plants. Not only did leaves 3 and 6 in the experimental pot develop necrosis, but they also failed to develop leaves off of the stalk.
Referring to the kidney bean result charts above, there are trends that emerged after weeks of feeding individual Phaseolus vulgaris plant species. Leaf development, height growth and weight were the three categories measured and compared. It is seen in the data that in two out of three categories, PLANT-GRO scored a higher average in were height(cm) and average dry weight or mass. The experimental pot, however, had a higher average height(cm). It was observed in the PLANT-GRO pot leaves 1 and 6 failed to develop full leaves. The experimental pot had the same issue of undeveloped leaves on plants 3 and 6, as well as some purple pigmentation on plant 5.

Reflection of growth

I have grown as a writer in many ways this past semester in GWRTC 103. One thing that really stands out to me is the change in my process of writing. Over this semester I learned a technique that really helped me in drafting: write a shitty first draft. This technique has really helped me in the development in my writing because it has allowed me to get all of my thoughts out on paper and then worry about organizing and making them “pretty” later. I used to always think that the first time I wrote a draft for a paper it had to be just like I wanted to finished product to turn out, and that did not result in the best writing I could accomplish.
Another technique I learned to help the process of writing is reverse outlining. I had never heard of that before I came to GWRTC 103, or if I did, I had never tried it. I only knew of outlining BEFORE writing and never after I had written the paper. This technique is a great way to review the paper you have written to be sure that your paper is reading how you want it to read. Sometimes writing a paper can be tricky because you know what you want to say in your head and it sounds like how you want. However, when others read it, that could not be so clear. So reverse outlining helps me make sure I am being clear with each of my paragraphs. These techniques and many other things I have learned in GWRTC 103 have helped me greatly improve my skills as a writer over the past semester.