The use of marijuana in the United States has gone through shifts, with rates of use increasing throughout the sixties and seventies until its peak usage in the late seventies. Rates of use declined throughout the eighties until they reached a low point in the early nineties; at this point rates of use begin to steadily increase (Johnson, O'Malley, and Bachman, 2002). This research project examined 25 years of New York Times coverage of marijuana related articles to see if coverage went through any corresponding changes in claims making. Furthermore, news coverage would also document changes in public policy towards marijuana. In particular, I was investigating whether there were swings in reporting marijuana in a way that could be seen as deemphasizing its dangers versus emphasizing such dangers.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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"Swings in Marijuana Use and Correspnding Media Emphases and Public Opinion,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 56.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/56