Dealing with Complexity: Legalization of Marijuana

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Topic for this discussion is

Legalization of drugs (either marijuana, or you can go beyond that)

  • Which lens (empathy, taking action, or social responsibility) did you apply to your issue, and why?
  • Which of the alternative positions do you find more compelling, and why?
  • What concrete actions will you now take to implement your own solution for the problem?
  • How has our work together in this course changed the way you deal with ethical issues every day?

Be sure to read your classmates' posts as you will be required to post responses during the next two weeks. Think of our work together this week as a chance to practice our skills for engaging in productive moral discourse from multiple points of view.

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School: Boston College



Dealing with complexity




Marijuana or weed as is commonly known has for a long time been considered as a hard
drug. In most countries today it is an offence to be found in possession, growing or consuming
marijuana. There is however a growing number of countries reviewing their stand about
marijuana. South Africa is the latest countries after Canada that reviewed her laws legalizing the
use of marijuana either for medical or leisure purposes (Baum, 2016). This has most been
addressed by the fact that marijuana has medical benefits and that some people are using
marijuana for medical purposes.

Which lens (empathy, taking action, or social responsibility) did you apply to your
issue, and why?
Empathy is the lens through which I found sufficient to legalize marijuana. Empathy is
the emotional side of trying to understand what someone i...

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