High As A Kite Under Florida Skies

Over the past few years, the legalization of marijuana has been a primary topic of conversation amongst families in the U.S. Particularly in Florida over the last year and a half. The legalization of the substance can have as many benefits as it can disadvantages for the state’s economic and social standing.

Economically, the state would benefit a great amount due to the tax. The growers, sellers, and producers would be taxed about $50-per-ounce; in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, they have made an estimated $76 million in taxes.

However, the real problem lies in what can be done with the money. “It could be extremely beneficial, but I’m skeptical about what the legislators will do with that money,” said Ms. Whitby, an MLEC economics and government teacher. “The right people won’t benefit from the revenue.”

Despite the belief that marijuana is very popular, and it is, a survey done by Pew Research Center said that 62% of Americans would be bothered if people did their smoking in public even if marijuana were legal.

“I feel like it’s not necessary, people are only going to abuse it further,” said Nicole Sandoval, a junior in the Health Academy.

This is similar to how people see the consumption of cigarettes, most people aren’t bothered by others smoking them, unless they’re doing it near them. “Recreationally, i feel like marijuana is just as dangerous an alcohol, or cigarettes,” said Mr. Moffi, an MLEC U.S History teacher.

Being a controversial issue, it’s something that will continue being questioned and discussed in upcoming state and presidential elections.


Increased Gang Activity In The U.S


In 2011, an FBI assessment found that there are an estimated 1.4 million gang members in the United States, with gangs even infiltrating the U.S. military.
Since 2009 the number of gang members in the U.S has increased by 40 percent, meaning that what the government has done to try and stop it has been unsuccessful, and there needs to be a new plan.
“Gangs have increased by 40 percent since this president was elected,” said Newt Gingrich, an American politician, author, and political consultant. “There is no federal program to stop it. No one wants to have an honest conversation about it. “
Gang activity is much more dangerous now than what it was three years ago.
The FBI’s National Gang Threat Assessment has found that gangs are responsible for up to 48 percent of violent crime in many urban communities.
The FBI is also aware of gang activity in the military; they have released a new gang assessment announcing that the military has seen members from 53 gangs and 100 regions in the U.S. enlist in every branch of the armed forces.
“Some members are joining the military to get away from the gang life,” said Calvin Shivers, FBI assistant section chief of the Violent Criminal Threat Section, at a briefing in 2011.
Reports show that most gang activity is to the west of the U.S; however, activity has expanded to Central and Eastern U.S in the past 2 years. They are also a big factor in the increase of drug distribution in the Eastern United States.
There are the big gangs across the United States that distribute drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. Although these gangs do revolve mostly around drug distribution, they are widely known for their criminal backgrounds. Often robbing local shops or items directly off people, such as gold chains and watches, these gangs are dangerous.