INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Berkeley High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy Senior Interdisciplinary Project for the fall semester aims to explore a variety of socio-political issues and the multiple narratives around these topics , with particular attention to how these narratives are developed, articulated, and perpetuated through mass media – and why. THE TASK: Working in groups of four, students are responsible…

T’was the Night Before 4/20: Artist Statement

The research question that my group analyzed was: What should be the legal status of marijuana? The five of us came up with three narratives: 1. Marijuana is a dangerous drug and therefore should be illegal; 2.Marijuana is less dangerous than other legal drugs therefore it should be decriminalized; and 3. Marijuana is medicine and…

Taxation of the Bud

By: Richard Socoy Xicay The marijuana movement has been practically unstoppable for two decades now. Since 1996, nearly two dozen states have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and four states,now allow adults over the age of 21 to purchase marijuana for recreational purposes in licensed dispensaries. Marijuana is regulated for those who…

Legal Green

By: Morgan Franklin There is much debate around the appropriate legal status for marijuana in the United States. Some of the varying viewpoints include keeping marijuana illegal, making it fully legal, or somewhere in between. Marijuana should be legal because it is less dangerous, less problematic, and less costly to society than tobacco and alcohol….

There is More to Lose than to Gain

By: Ulises Olmedo There are people that see Marijuana as a dangerous drug that should not be legalized. There has been studies of marijuana that have shown critical effects to the body but is still unknown it’s full effect. Some people are concerned that letting marijuana being legal well bring harm to young generations. Agencies…

From a Dime Bag to Doing A Dime

By: Alana Gibson-Harbin There are many people who currently believe marijuana should be decriminalized in order to stop the mass incarceration trend. According to some writers, the decriminalization of marijuana would impact incarceration rates dramatically. One way incarceration rates will be affected is there will be a significant decrease in violent crimes. This decline in crime…

T’was the Night Before 4/20: Works Cited

Works Cited “The Daily Dot.” The Daily Dot. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016. <http://www.dailydot.com/&gt;. This source was used to research the effects on taxes if marijuana is legalized. Gearan, Anne, and Philip Rucker. “The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016….

T’was the Night Before 4/20

By:  Alana Gibson-Harbin, Richard Socoy Xicay, Ulises Olmedo, Morgan Franklin, Cole Woodman Since marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug (with others like heroin and methamphetamine) by the DEA in 1970, there has been a tremendous amount of debate around this classification and its larger societal effects. The legal status specifically has been a focus. The opinions span…