the 3 sociological theories about the legalization of drugs in orgeon
Directions: Please read the information provided below, watch the Youtube videos, and jot down some notes before beginning your writing assignment. Compose a 450-550 word paper (approximately 2 pages double-spaced). This paper is worth 35 Points
The most important part of your paper is applying the three major Sociological theories. Write a separate paragraph on each.
Briefly outline the arguments that were made by both the proponents and opponents of Measure 110.
Given what you have learned reading and watching videos about this topic–as well as information from Chapter 6–first explain how a structural functionalist would view Measure 110 and its implications for society. Then do the same by taking the perspective of a conflict theorist and finally, a symbolic interactionist.
In your conclusion, indicate which theoretical perspective you most agree with and why. (Please reserve any other personal opinions about this topic for your conclusion as well.) Do not use any other sources besides the text provided below, the videos, our textbook and how you imagine each theoretical perspective would view Measure 110. As much as possible, put things in your own words but if you do use a quote or close paraphrase, be sure to cite it.
On Election Day, Oregon made history by being the first state in the nation to decriminalize the possession of hard drugs. The ballot measure, Measure 110, decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, methamphetamine, and others. According to OPB, the measure, which was approved by 58.46% of Oregonians, reclassifies the possession of small amounts of drugs as a civil violation. This reclassification is similar to a traffic violation and would result in a $100 fine or participation in a health assessment. In addition to the reclassification, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit organization, reported that Measure 110 will use excess marijuana tax revenue (estimated to be over $45 million and projected to be up to $129 million by 2027) and savings from the reduction in arrests, incarcerations, and prosecutions to expand the access to drug treatment, peer support, housing, and harm reductions services. Proponents of the measure highlighted the prevalence of drug use and drug-related deaths in the state and argued that the new approach would save lives, save families, reduce convictions and arrests, and lead to a 95% reduction in racial disparities in drug arrests. Opponents, on the other hand, argued that the measure was reckless and that its passage would lead to increases in the acceptability of the hard drugs. The measure, which does not apply retroactively to past convictions, takes effect 30-days after the election, but the provisions pertaining to decriminalization of the hard drugs will not take effect until February 1, 2020.
While Oregon was the first state in the nation to decriminalize hard drugs, it was not the only state that made headlines for working towards the decriminalization of drug use on election night. Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota approved the legalization of recreational marijuana and Mississippi voters approved the legalization of marijuana for medical use. While federal law prohibits marijuana use, the Washington Post reported that about one-third of states have now passed measures that ease the criminal consequences associated with its use. Oregon also passed Measure 109, which legalized and approved the use of psilocybin, also referred to as magic mushrooms, for mental health treatment at licensed facilities. And, Washington, D.C. voters approved the decriminalization of psychedelic substances, which would not legalize the substances, but make them a lower enforcement priority for police officers. However, the initiative needs to be approved by the D.C Council and then sent to Congress for review.
Watch these videos: