I'm All For The Proposed Weed Legalization In The Empire State, Bring On The Green

I'm All For The Proposed Weed Legalization In The Empire State, Bring On The Green

Arrested for smoking a plant? Thank you, next.


All it takes is a trip down some suspicious-looking alley in New York City to realize that New Yorkers have a very great affinity (an understatement, if we're speaking truthfully) for marijuana. We are in fact one of the states with the greatest percentage of individuals who smoke marijuana (enumerating only the people who admit to it, of course). Call it weed, molly, kush, dank, mary jane — it doesn't matter. Marijuana has obviously become a defining characteristic of a New Yorker.

A large number of marijuana users consequently implies a large number of marijuana-related arrests. The current law in New York City, the state's most dense area in marijuana usage, dictates that an individual apprehended with under 25 grams of marijuana will be fined a sum of $100. Individuals caught smoking in public areas, however, are subject to greater fines and even jail time.

Living in a world with institutional racism, however, invariably means that certain racial groups are more susceptible to punishment than others. This is one of the numerous issues relating to marijuana use that Cuomo hopes to eradicate with the state-wide legalization of the plant.

Governor Cuomo recently pushed for, in addition to a number of other new plans, the legalization of marijuana sometime next year. This means that we could join the other Democratic states in the nation that have already accomplished so (it's about time). These states have been reaping the benefits; Colorado, for instance, has made millions of dollars in revenue since the legalization of marijuana. These profits can directly fund necessities of the state, infrastructure for instance.

As a resident of New York City myself, the crumbling infrastructure is very apparent. The divide between the rich and the poor seems to grow every day; the impoverished areas of the city continue to decline and the well-off areas the opposite. Money appears to be spent on only selected regions of the city. The MTA, for instance, is in terrible condition and despite the constant fare-hikes, there appears to be no improvement on the overall quality of the entire system.

While there may be a lot of people against the decision to legalize recreational marijuana, it is probably in our best interests as a state to do so. Money from tax-payers is very evidently becoming insufficient to support the increasing needs of the large population. The expected revenue from legalization, according to Cuomo's officials, ranges from 248 to a whopping 677 million dollars. That money could be put to very good use, fixing our roads and trains being a good first option.

Marijuana-related arrests would also entirely diminish, which would save money and also lessen the number of individuals in our jails (arrested for smoking a plant? Thank you, next). Lastly, the legalization of marijuana would most definitely help increase the circulation of better strains of marijuana, as opposed to the ones being sold illegally right now.

Me being a college student may be why I'm advocating so eagerly for this legalization to go through the Senate, but the list of benefits is arguably endless. Fewer people in jail, more money in the government's pockets, a better city and state overall. Sounds like a win-win to me.

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.


As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.

2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.

4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.

5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.

6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.

7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.

8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.

9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.

10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.

11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.

12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.

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Donald Trump Has Lost His Chances For The 2020 Presidental Election

With the wall and the government shut down, Donald Trump has no shot at the 2020 election


Donald Trump is not being a good president. If you admire Mr. Trump, maybe go read another article. I am going to be writing about how this man ruined his chances for the 2020 election.

Here is where we start. Donald Trump is our current President of the United States. He does not have the best rap. Ever since he has started, everything has gone backward. Things accomplished and done during the Obama Administration have become erased or reversed. Laws and initiatives have been put in order by Mr. Trump that has caused more bad than good. This is just from the start of his term as President.

After jumping through all of those hoops, Donald Trump has done one of the most despicable things of all. He shut down the government, for almost a month.

Usually, government shutdowns are a few days and everything is back in order. This was not one of those cases.

This government shut down went through the holiday season and after. This lead to hundreds and thousands of government employees left paycheck-less.

These employees were left using up their savings accounts to provide for their families. Once that was up, they were found waiting in lines at food shelters to feed their families. When it came down to the bills, these families had to choose between electricity or water. It's an utter shame that any family has to go through this, especially the hard-working government employees.

These employees went through so much. Why? Because Trump didn't get the funding for his wall.

The wall is what probably got Trump elected. It's what he has been promoting since day one of his campaigns.

Now that his term is almost up, everyone is wondering "where is this damn wall?"

People who voted for him and mad it hasn't been done. So when 2019 started approaching, Mr. Donald Trump had to begin this promise.

Well, it's not going so well. Whatever has actually been done with the wall needs more funding. 5 billion dollars of funding to be exact. This is the amount Trump is demanding for his wall. The house is not giving him that. The Democrats surprisingly and graciously offered him 1 million dollars toward his wall, and that was insulting to him. So, Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum and shut down the government. This punished the wrong people.

So now all those people who voted for Trump in the first place are being punished for it by getting their paychecks backtracked. Just week or so ago, the government shut down ended and some of those employees started receiving those missed paychecks.

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So this is how all of this falls into Donald Trump's 2020 campaign. Traditionally, the president runs for a second term. And usually, they make it to the primary. Trump has pissed off so many people, including his own. The Republicans are upset with Donald Trump.

People I know who are Republicans do not want him as our president again. So if the Democrats hate him and the Republicans are mad at him, how great are his chances at a second term as President in 2020? My guess is, not so good.

NOTE: This is purely my opinion based on events that happened. I do not know his actual chances. For all I know, Donald Trump could win president again in 2020. These are just my opinions.

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