more states in the united states are legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana

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Unit II Journal

More states in the United States are legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana. Some states have laws that classify a person impaired to drive if an illegal substance or its metabolites are in the body. Marijuana, when it undergoes biotransformation, metabolizes into two different metabolites, Hydroxy-THC and Carboxy-THC. The first causes impairment while the second, although it does not cause impairment, stays in the body for an extended period of time. Consider how marijuana’s biotransformation may vary depending on the individual and the varying ability of marijuana’s metabolites to cause impairment. Do you think that laws that prosecute regardless of the type of metabolite are justified to prosecute for a driving while intoxicated (DWI)? Have you changed any ideas you used to have on this topic?

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Unit II Research Paper

Instructions

Pesticides are a common environmental concern due to the potential long-term effects of the chemicals and their metabolites on the immediate environment and ecosystem. For this assignment, research a common pesticide and write a three-page research paper that includes the following components:

  1. Identify the main active ingredient of the pesticide and how the pesticide is used.
  2. Identify and describe which of the four cornerstones of xenobiotic pharmacokinetics are affected in the way the pesticide works to kill the targeted organism.
  3. Identify the metabolites of the active ingredient of the pesticide, and discuss the toxicity and lifespan of the metabolites. Be sure to address the cornerstone processes associated with xenobiotic metabolism of the pesticide through the body.
  4. Provide your thoughts on whether or not this pesticide is safe for the overall ecosystem in the manner it is used and the resulting effects of its application as it breaks down into its metabolites. Can this biotransformation result in toxicity?

The assignment should be completed as a text document and should meet the following requirements:

  1. The discussion should include the four aspects of the assignment as outlined above.
  2. The paper should be at least three pages in length, not including the title or reference page. Use proper APA formatting for all citations and references.
  3. A minimum of three credible references should be used for this assignment, and the references should be properly cited in the text as well as in a reference list.
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