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The purpose of regulation of Cannabis (marijuana) was to restrict the growth in the number of people consuming a "habit-forming drug" and to lower the incidence of violent crimes. Several large newspaper publications and organizations ran campaigns in the 1930s that demonized marijuana and emphasized a connection between marijuana and crime. But even alcohol can lead to abuse and violence if in the wrong hands; yet everyone today would agree that prohibiting alcohol, a product so ingrained in people's social life today, would be preposterous. Hence, regulation of marijuana makes no sense and should be repealed.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the argument above?

(A)Alcohol has been known to cause violence and crime
(B)The benefits of marijuana outweigh those of alcohol
(C)The regulation of marijuana does not deter the sort of activity known to result in violent crime
(D)The regulation of marijuana is not enforceable
(E)Alcohol is readily available to anyone who wants to obtain it
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OA says that both alcohol and marijuana should be regulated not only marijuana.I disagree with OA.
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1. The purpose of regulation marijuana - restrict the growth in the number of people consuming a "habit-forming drug" and to lower the incidence of violent crimes. 2. Campaigns in the 1930s that demonized marijuana and emphasized a connection between marijuana and crime.
3. Even alcohol can lead to abuse and violence if in the wrong hands; yet everyone today would agree that prohibiting alcohol, a product so ingrained in people's social life today, would be preposterous.

CONCLUSION.- Hence, regulation of marijuana makes no sense and should be repealed.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the argument above?

(A) Alcohol has been known to cause violence and crime....prospect..answer.......so far only known that it can cause violence... now confirmed that it does yet not banned....
(B) The benefits of marijuana outweigh those of alcohol...SOUNDS OK..but is'nt....we are not concerned with things other than violence and abuse.... just as being ingrained in people's social life gives reasoning for not banning alcohol, so does this reason to marijuana .
(C) The regulation of marijuana does not deter the sort of activity known to result in violent crime.....sort of activity not important.....
(D) The regulation of marijuana is not enforceable.that we will see later
(E) Alcohol is readily available to anyone who wants to obtain it...so what....does it affect the fact that...regulation of marijuana makes no sense and should be repealed.
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The purpose of regulation of Cannabis (marijuana) was to restrict the growth in the number of people consuming a "habit-forming drug" and to lower the incidence of violent crimes. Several large newspaper publications and organizations ran campaigns in the 1930s that demonized marijuana and emphasized a connection between marijuana and crime. But even alcohol can lead to abuse and violence if in the wrong hands; yet everyone today would agree that prohibiting alcohol, a product so ingrained in people's social life today, would be preposterous. Hence, regulation of marijuana makes no sense and should be repealed.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the argument above?

(A) Alcohol has been known to cause violence and crime.
(B) The benefits of marijuana outweigh those of alcohol.
(C) The regulation of marijuana does not deter the sort of activity known to result in violent crime.
(D) The regulation of marijuana is not enforceable.
(E) Alcohol is readily available to anyone who wants to obtain it.



This question highlights the fine difference between the usage of 'has' and 'can'
From the passage : But even alcohol can lead to abuse and violence if in the wrong hands; 'can' implying possibility and not the fact.
(A) Alcohol has been known to cause violence and crime. usage of 'has been' confirms that above statement is a fact.

Once A comes into the picture the analogy is drawn is completed.
We can notice that 65% of ppl chose ans choice 'C'. why is it so ?? :)
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Facts:
Set #1:
Regulation was made for two reasons:
1. To reduce the number of people consuming “habit-forming drug".
2. To lower the incidence of violent crimes.

Set #2:
Alcohol can lead to abuse and violence if in the wrong hands (conditioned)
Alcohol is ingrained in people's social life today.
Sub-conclusion: prohibiting alcohol would be preposterous.

Main Conclusion is more specific about the regulation of marijuana (a habit-forming drug)

Though option A would be a support to prohibit Alcohol too (sub conclusion), it would not lead to the main conclusion: regulation of marijuana makes no sense. Moreover, option A is actually neutralizing the condition of fact 1 of set #1 to strengthen the sub-conclusion.

Main conclusion is precisely about the regulation of habit forming drug category and it is not clear from the argument whether alcohol comes into this category or not.

If the conclusion were to ban Alcohol or Marijuana, yes option A would be a right bet.


Option C creates a doubt on the outcome for which the regulation was actually formed ( Fact 2 of Set #1)
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Certainly, A does not repeat the argument because "can lead" is different from "known to cause".
C cannot be the answer because the argument uses the reasoning about the alcohol => C is out of scope.
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Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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Experts help. None of the options seem to be correct.
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