I am referring to an article in your Jan. 31 newspaper article on "A Traditional and Cultural Education." It was on the immigration education of students at St. Cloud State and how they fit into American culture.
I do not agree with the fact that international students pay the same rates I do to study in Minnesota. How can that be seen as fair? After a year, they then go back to their countries and use their attained knowledge; it's not even contributed to the American work force. There are many schools out of Minnesota that I would like to attend, but am unable because of the incredibly high tuition rates I would encounter. It's impossible for me to even attend school in a different state in my own country! I realize that you are not the person responsible for the laws, but I don't believe it should have been revered as much as it was in your paper. There are many students right here who wish for something better and would continue to work for America instead of just using us for an education.
Despite my disagreement, I do believe that exchange students bring a lot of variety to our community colleges and universities. I have good friends who are from foreign countries, but I feel that they need to work just as hard as we do if they want to follow their dreams.
I am writing this letter to try to convince you to help me in the legislation of marijuana. There are many beneficial reasons for doing this and they are as follows:
Studies have shown that marijuana can help cancer patients. Taking marijuana in a pill form or even smoking marijuana can ease the nausea and other symptoms associated with chemotherapy. Marijuana can also be used to relax patients before a big surgery and help ease the pain afterward. Many doctors say that if they could prescribe marijuana to their patients they would, because of the numerous health benefits.
Legalizing marijuana would not only be used for medical uses, but it would also put drug dealers out of business. Putting drug dealers out of business would cut down on street crimes causing less corruption. This could help the police force concentrate on more serious crimes.
Finally, if we legalize marijuana, the "war on drugs" can focus on harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. The harder drugs can cause more permanent damage to the body and the brain. It is very likely, with both of these drugs, that even death could be the effect.
Those are my many reasons why I think marijuana should be legalized. I hope you take them into consideration.
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