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A Bill To Legalize Marijuana

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/10/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Voting Period
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jdjrokr

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BE IT ENACTED that
People age 21 years or older may legally possess, cultivate or transport marijuana for personal use.
Local governments may regulate and tax production, distribution and sale of marijuana to people 21
years of age or older.
SECTION1: This act does not repeal current laws preventing marijuana possession and use on school
grounds or in the public presence of minors.
SECTION 2: This act does not limit an employer's ability to preclude marijuana use on the job.

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omana16

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Contention 1: Marijuana is not harmful.
Not a single death in history has been attributed directly to the use of Marijuana, while in the United States in the year 2001 alone, there were over 75,000 alcohol attributed deaths. Yet, alcohol has been legal in the United States since the end of the Prohibition in 1933. Unlike many other substances, it is close to impossible to overdose on Marijuana, a smoker would need to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. On the other hand, drinking 5-10 times the amount of alcohol it takes to intoxicate you can lead to an overdose.
My opponent may try and say that there are health risks such as cancer, but there has never been a documented case of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, while nicotine has been attributed to thousands of cases of lung cancer and alcohol has been found to contribute to a variety of long-term negative health effects, including cancers and cirrhosis of the liver.

Contention 2: The benefits of marijuana.
There are many medical uses for marijuana, and Medical Marijuana can be used as a treatment for nausea often associated with cancer chemotherapy treatment; reduction of pressure in the eyes benefiting individuals with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the U.S.; relief of pain often associated with cancer; and possible protection of nerves from the damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), thus reducing tremors and muscle spasms associated with the disease. A University of Saskatchewan study suggests that the use of marijuana may stimulate the growth of brain cells. In addition, a study conducted by the Scripps Research institute shows that THC prevents the formation of harmful plaque in the brain, which suggests that THC "may be the most effective drug for treating the declining effects of Alzheimer's disease". Clearly there are a lot of benefits from using medical marijuana.

Contention 3: Banning marijuana does not work.
According to a TIME article, Researchers found that 42% of people in the U.S. had tried marijuana at least once and in the year 2000, 646042 Americans were charged for possession of marijuana. Making marijuana illegal does not stop people from finding a way to obtain it.

Contention 4: Benefits of legalizing marijuana
a) Economic impacts:
If the US were to legalize marijuana, it would save the $14,100,000,000 dollars that it spends annually in its fight against marijuana. Furthermore, it would make $778,200,000 or more in tax revenue per year. This would also create jobs, providing our failing US economy with relief.
b) Less crime:
The drug trade funds many gangs and criminals. But, by legalizing marijuana, we are effectively taking away their source of revenue, making it harder for them to operate and obtain weapons and making our country safer.

Legalizing marijuana would benefit all aspects of our country, and for these reasons, I urge a pro ballot.

http://drugwarfacts.org...
http://www.cdc.gov...
http://www.saferchoice.org...
http://legalizationofmarijuana.com...
http://www.time.com...
http://www.associatedcontent.com...
http://iloveweed.net...
Debate Round No. 1
jdjrokr

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jdjrokr forfeited this round.
omana16

Pro

Please extend my arguments seeing as my opponent forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jdjrokr

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jdjrokr forfeited this round.
omana16

Pro

Because my opponent forfeited his last round, he has conceded to all of my points as to why Marijuana should be legalized.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by limitedmoon 6 years ago
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