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  1. The legalization of the use of marijuana
  2. The effect of the recent recession
  3. A situation similar to the prohibition and the Great Depression

Our country has the keen ability to solve issues in an unbiased fashion. The skill to overcome obstacles through democracy has allowed our nation to thrive. Over the past century we have found solutions to two problems that seem to be a recurring issue. Our nation's economy has suffered once during the Great Depression of 1929 and the events that served as a precursor to the Great Depression. Additionally, our economy has suffered with finding a solution to prohibition. Each issue has seemed to resurface within the last 20 years. Our economy has suffered through the 2009 recession. Meanwhile states have relied on legalizing marijuana as a partial solution to economic issues. Research allows us to realize the effects prohibition had on the economy and how it is similar to our current struggle with economic stability and the legalization of marijuana.

[...] Our country is still feeling the effects of the recession. The current unemployment rate is 6.3 percent. Despite the steady decrease in the unemployment rate, it is still higher than the years prior to the recession. Some states even experience unemployment rates as high as 7 percent. (Greenstone and Looney) Detroit, Michigan has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as a result of the fallout of the automotive industry. The city has reported up to 20 billion dollars of debt. (Greenston and Looney) Additionally, the United States has accrued 17 trillion in debt as of October 2013. [...]


[...] Our nation's economy has suffered once during the Great Depression of 1929 and the events that served as a precursor to the Great Depression. Additionally, our economy has suffered with finding a solution to prohibition. Each issue has seemed to resurface within the last 20 years. Our economy has suffered through the 2009 recession. Meanwhile states have relied on legalizing marijuana as a partial solution to economic issues. Research allows us to realize the effects prohibition had on the economy and how it is similar to our current struggle with economic stability and the legalization of marijuana. [...]

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