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Cultural & Global Issues: Marijuana Legalization

Grade 9
Articles with Reading Levels: 9.0-9.9
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Articles with Reading Levels: 10.0-10.9

Article Name: D.C. Marijuana Market: Stuck in a Gray Zone 
Source: NPR
Author: Maddie Garcia
Date Published: July 30, 2017
Guiding Question: What are some of the grey areas in DC's recreational marijuana laws?
Grade Level: 9.9

Article Name: Marijuana Injustices Need to End
Source: The Washington Post
Author: E.J. Dionne Jr.
Date Published: January 8, 2014
Guiding Question: How do the unequal prosecutions for marijuana possession demonstrate racism?
Grade Level: 9.8

Article Name: Marijuana Sales Commence in Colorado for Recreational Use
Source: The Washington Post
Author: Niraj Chokshi
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Guiding Question: How has recreational marijuana legalization impacted Colorado?
Grade Level: 9.8

Article Name: Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana
Source: Pew Research Center: U.S. Politics & Policy
Author: N/A
Date Published: April 4, 2013
Guiding Question: Where do Americans fall in the debate over marijuana legalization?
Grade Level: 10.2

Article Name: Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?
Author: N/A
Date Published: January 11, 2012
Guiding Question: Does marijuana cause lung cancer?
Grade Level: 10.4

Article Name: Medical Marijuana: A Beginner's Guide
Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
Author: Amanda Chicago Lewis
Date Published: September 5, 2017
Guiding Question: What are the benefits of legalizing marijuana for medical use?
Grade Level: 10.8

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Article Name: 10 Things to Know About Legal Pot
Source: CNN Money 
Author: Aaron Smith
Date Published: May 26, 2017
Guiding Questions: What are the laws surrounding legal marijuana use in the United States?
Grade Level: 8.5

Article Name: Marijuana 
Source: Teens Health
Author: N/A
Date Published: April, 2014
Guiding Questions: What are the effects of Marijuana and how is it used medically?
Grade Level: 7.5

Article Name: Yakama People Won't Permit Pot on Their Land 
Source: LA Times via Newsela (Ed Newsela Staff Version 890)
Author: Maria L. LaGanga 
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Guiding Questions: What are some of the reasons the Yakama people do not want Marijuana being grown on their land?
Grade Level: 8.3

Article Name: Nation's First Marijuana College Major Prepares Grads for a Growing Field
Source: University Business Magazine 
Author: Tim Goral
Date Published: November 28, 2017
Guiding Questions: Why has one university added a medical plant studies program to its list of majors?
Grade Level: 13.0

Article Name: In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher
Source: NPR 
Author: Anna Gorman
Date Published: November 10, 2017
Guiding Questions: How have recreation marijuana laws impacted school drug programs?
Grade Level: 12.5

Article Name: Medical Marijuana: Know the Facts
Source: Harvard Health Publishing 
Author: N/A
Date Published: October 2017
Guiding Questions: What are some of the safety issues associated with medical marijuana?
Grade Level: 12.7

Article Name: Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
Author: N/A
Date Published: Last updated on October 20, 2015
Guiding Questions: How will allowing marijuana for medical use impact the US and its citizens?
Grade Level: 13.5

Article Name: Since Marajiuana Legalization, Highway Fatalities in Colorado are at Near-Historic Lows
Source: The Washington Post 
Author: Radley Balko
Date Published: August 5, 2014
Guiding Questions: How has the legalization of marijuana in Colorado affected the highway safety?
Grade Level: 10.9