Sociological Imagination Essay

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Throughout history people have used marijuana for its dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds to relieve pain, stress, and other medical issues from one’s life. Within the recent years it has become one of the most debated issues in the United States. In the 1930s, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) claimed that marijuana was a “gateway” drug and was a powerful, addicting substance. During the sixties marijuana became a symbol for rebellion against authority so it became very popular by college students and “hippies”. So in 1982, Drug Enforcement Administration increased pressure on drug farms and houses which decreased the use of marijuana. In the past twenty years marijuana has become a…show more content…
Wright Mills coined the idea of a sociological imagination. A sociological imagination is “the ability to connect the most basic, intimate aspects of an individual’s life to seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces” (Conley, 2013, p. 4). Four main parts of a sociological imagination are health, structure, culture, and critique. From the issue of legalizing marijuana it has both negatives and positives. The positives are that it could help people with diseases and illnesses and the negatives are that people might take advantage of this drug. This drug could also have physical and mental health issues if people take massive amounts of marijuana. Another issue is that using cannabis for religious beliefs could be denied due to the fact that we are worried about people abusing it. Conflict Theory is “the idea that conflict between competing interests is the basic, animating force of social change and society in general” (Conley, 2013, p. 30). This relates to the legalization of marijuana due to the fact that in one instance legalizing this for medical purposes could help a massive amount of people but, this could allow people who don’t need it to abuse the drug. This controversy is the reason why choosing a side has been tough for

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