So topics could be (but are not by any means limited to):
The effect of marijuana legalization (on crime, health, cost to society, etc. LOTS of new research)
The opioid crisis
Ecstasy and the rave culture
The drug treatment system (or a paper comparing different treatment styles for a particular drug or class of drugs)
The legalization debate (mostly cannabis obviously, but there’s some other stuff too)
Law enforcement methods/tactics in combating illicit drug trade/use
International anti-drug efforts/campaigns
Or something similar
Size requirement: 10 to 15 pages, typed (word processed) and double spaced. I suppose I have to be precise: At least 10 full pages of body, using normal font (10-12 point, double spacing, and no more than 1-inch margins. Submitting a paper under 10 pages, will result in the loss of a minimum of 10% per page OR PORTION THEREOF. So if you give me 9 ¾ pages, you lose 10%. 8 pages, you lose 20%. So don’t go short.Principal Research Material:A: professional journals. This will be your primary source of information for your paper, and you must include a minimum of ten different journal articles as source material. If you are not comfortable with identifying high-quality journals and the FULL TEXT of the article you want to use, please consult the librarians, as they are the subject experts on that topic.B: books on the subject which are written for a professional audience. Not mass-market books, which are often poorly sourced or overtly biased.
C: Governmental publications such as the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, or Monitoring The Future. Both are considered fully trustworthy, and each has its strengths in providing information.D: your textbook. Do not neglect it as a starting point for your research. There are many papers referenced in your text which you can find the originals of, and read/potentially use.That’s pretty much it. Websites without authorship are not authoritative, so avoid most unless they are obviously sourceable to a reputable agency.Number of references: A minimum of 15. At least ten journal articles, plus at least five more sources which are primarily academic or professional in nature. Reference format: Please use APA. If you don’t know how, get a style guide or look online. Also, the Citation Machine (citationmachine.net) is extremely cool, and can configure your references in the proper format for your refs page, and will also give you the proper format for an inline citation (inline parenthetical citations are, of course, required in APA format)Paper style:A: These papers are NOT to be written in the first personB: These papers are NOT to be written in conversation styleC: These papers are to be written in the formal third-person of academic research papers.
Marijuana users consume it in diverse forms depending on the strength of the product they are using and the effect they want to create. For instance, the most common way of using Marijuana is to smoke it like a cigarette. Some use Marijuana alone, while others combine it with other more powerful drugs to achieve a stronger sensation. Marijuana can also be introduced into food or drinks for the users who do not wish to consume it. This approach has been trendy among the youth and led to the increased popularity of marijuana-laced edibles like cookies and brownies and drinks like tea and even juice. Users who do not wish to inhale the smoke often opt for vaporizers to extract liquid Marijuana. However, vaporization increases the number of synthetic cannabinoids to which users are exposed and may lead to dangerous consequences for new users.