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Should Marijuana Usage Be Legalized?

Karen Chee, a senior, was moderating the debate.

Karen Chee, a senior, was moderating the debate.

As a swarm of people filled Ms. Kalinski’s room, people argued over the notorious topic of marijuana legalization. JSA hosted the debate, in which there were two main speakers at the beginning: Vicky Mesquita, a sophomore, and Felipe Afanador, a junior.

Mesquita presented her opening for the pro-marijuana side. Mesquita had many controversial health arguments regarding marijuana usage, but most people in the room appeared to agree with her. She intensely argued that marijuana created no health problems.

Mesquita also talked of a “30-year scientific study” that tried to figure out what the long-term effects of marijuana are. The study resulted in no health problems and actually appeared to have health benefits. She described marijuana as a good use for rest and relaxation.

Afanador opened for the con-marijuana side. “Marijuana would be hard for cops to regulate, as it has no distinct scent,” he said. Some students in the crowd turned their heads to their friends in disbelief as others agreed with him. At this point, the room was pretty divided.

The room was scattered with people on both sides of the argument and had just a little bit more pro people than con people. The debate continued on with other people from the room voicing their opinions.

People who spoke were respected and given 90 seconds. The debate ended with a ring of the bell as everyone walked off with new ideas about marijuana.

[Edit (11/20/2012, 8:23 AM): Vick Mesquita changed to Vicky Mesquita. We apologize for the error.]

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  • VickMesquita

     Thanks Evan. You  were one letter off.