A Mary Jane Editorial

I will start by addressing the incoming elephant in the room. I do not partake in certain “extra-curricular” activities that some people my age, from time to time, may, but I fully support them!

Marijuana legalization is a hot topic that gets a considerable amount of coverage in the media. I am going to be looking at an editorial on marijuana legalization in relation to the current government administration and sharing my views on the piece as a non-smoking millennial.

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Marijuana legalization is, in fact, one of those topics that has been covered so much that there are probably not many other angles to the discussion. There are plenty of opinions on both sides of the topic, but in general the numbers of supporters of legalization has grown tremendously over the past several decades.  8 states have legalized recreational marijuana use and 29 have for medical use.

There has been a lot of buzz around Jeff Session with this debate. I recently read an editorial from the New York Times called, Jeff Sessions’s Endless War on Marijuana. This editorial brings out a lot of the issues that are incredibly important in regards to this topic. 

So, let’s jump into it.

“Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal.”

Session’s is a well known opponent of marijuana legalization. With his current power and backing in the U.S. government, he has made a significant move that allows prosecutes to enforce federal drug laws in the states that have legalized the drugs.

The editorial goes on to point out the increasing support that American’s have shown for marijuana legalization.

“In other words, the new policy is deeply unpopular. “

What I really like about this piece comes mostly towards the end. In the second half of this editorial, the author goes through and discusses specific politicians who are against Jeff Sessions’s policies on this.

The last few points also make this editorial stand out compared to others. The NYT Editorial Board (in which this piece is by) discuss the racial inequalities that come along with the imprisonment/punishment of those for drug related crimes. They also go over the out-dated policies with marijuana use.

Perhaps most important to the U.S. government is the money aspect of it all.

“By the end of this year, it is estimated that legal marijuana will be a $9 billion industry.”

In a sort of “call-to-action”, this piece concludes by discussing how Sessions is turning back the clock.

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think we can afford to jail anymore people for marijuana related crimes in legalized states or deal with any other set backs from Sessions’s policies; that’s just my two cents.

Meanwhile in the Midwest…

I am rather new to Twitter, but I have found that it is an excellent way to keep up with news sources. I began following some of my favorite news organizations because I love that they cover news from all over the country and world.

National news organizations are exceptional sources of an assortment of stories and information and Twitter makes this information that much more accessible; however, the Midwestern region of the United States is often skimmed over.

I wanted to experience more local news stories while going through my Twitter feed and I have found some incredible sources to follow! These Twitter accounts share information about local and regional news as well as addressing national news.

Give them a look over. I guarantee you’ll find some captivating stories!

NET Nebraska

NET Nebraska ranks among my favorite Nebraska news sources. I don’t have much to say other than if you are looking for strong pieces that give you useful information about this region, then go follow this account!

KETV NewsWatch 7

KETV NewsWatch 7 is an Omaha, NE local news source. They do a great job of balancing Nebraska news and national news. Their posts are informative, heart touching, and sometimes include a funny GIF to brighten up your day.

WOWT 6 News

WOWT 6 News is another local news source out of Omaha. One thing I really like about this Twitter account is that they share a lot of breaking news stories. Their stories are captivating and provide important information for those living in the Midwest and those interested in knowing what is going on over here!

Omaha World-Herald

The OWH is by far one of my favorite news sources. They share incredibly captivating stories that do not always get covered in the news. The OWH also Retweets other regional news, so you can find even more great sources to follow!

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln is the place I was born, so I am always a little extra curious as to what is going on in the town, yet even if you are not a Lincoln native, I highly recommend following this twitter account! If you are a Huskers fan, this is a great location to get your Huskers news. I enjoy the in-depth stories that are shared from the Lincoln Journal Star website. They make sure to high light the important issues affecting Nebraska. 

Kearney Hub

The Kearney Hub shares news from Kearney, NE while also covering news throughout the Midwest. The stories range from local high school and college sports, to criminal news, to information on local elections and races. 

There are several more great twitter accounts for regional news:

1011 News Now

NTV News

The Grand Island Independent

KSNB Local4

 

 

Time for a Year of Self Love

Every New Year’s numerous people see an opportunity to improve their lives; this means it is time for gym memberships and intense diets to lose weight! In the past these have been incredibly common aspects of a New Year’s Resolution.

However, the end of 2017 left a lot of men and women feeling that instead of fixating on making a major life change, it was time to concentrate on some good ol’ self love.

Two bloggers that have shared a lot of stories lately on self acceptance and how to change your perspectives on life are Anthony Moore and Kris Gage.

Here are two of my favorite posts on their blogs!

“How to Unlearn Your Constant Need to Be Liked and Chosen” by Anthony Moore 

“Self-Love Isn’t About Affirmations” by Kris Gage