SOC 331 week 2 assignment


Ashford 3: – Week 2 – Assignment


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State vs. Federal Marijuana Legalization

For this assignment, you will again follow the suggestion to “look at justice through… frameworks that permit careful analysis and evaluation of competing views” (Dreisbach, 2013, Section 2.1). Again, you will apply his framework for analyzing how the concept of justice varies when viewed from the different perspectives of family, community, state, and nation. In this assignment, you will apply this framework to analyze justice issues arising from recent successful efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use in two states and medical marijuana in several other states. Before responding, carefully read the assignment prompt below.

By the end of 2012, eighteen states and the District of Columbia had legalized medical marijuana use, under various circumstances, and two states had legalized recreational marijuana use. Legalization proposals are pending in other states.

At the same time, the federal government’s Controlled Substances Act (CSA) bans the possession, production, sale, or distribution of marijuana, even when such activity is technically in compliance with state law. Moreover, the Supreme Court has affirmed the constitutionality of federal enforcement of the CSA against individuals who were in possession of or were growing marijuana for medical use in compliance with California law.

Analyze the retributive, commutative and distributive justice of this complex situation from each of these different perspectives: A recreational pot smoker who lives in a state that      recently legalized growing, possessing, selling, and distributing, through      state-regulated dispensaries, limited amounts of marijuana for medical      use. A parent living in the same state, concerned that her      12-year-old will be exposed to new and significant risks of addiction to      pot that will be readily available in their community. An HIV patient, also living in this state, whose doctor      advises that smoking small amounts of marijuana will probably relieve some      of his pain. The Chief of Police of the city where these people      live, who has urged the City Council to enact new local zoning and other      regulations that will make it virtually impossible for medical marijuana      dispensaries to operate in the city. The state’s new Medical Marijuana Board, which is      empowered to permit and regulate dispensaries but is without the power to      withhold permits, merely because of local opposition in a particular      community. The President and Attorney General of the United States      who are responsible for enforcing the CSA as well as upholding the      nation’s obligations to implement anti-drug treaties that it has ratified.

 From your analysis of these various perspectives, draw a conclusion about how to achieve the most just resolution to issues involving the availability of marijuana in American society.

The paper must be three to five pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least three scholarly resources (at least one of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Start your research by reviewing the PDF document, Recommended Resources for the Week Two Assignment. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. To help you write a clear and concise paper, please follow a similar format detailed in the instructions for the Week Five Final Paper. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.