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Drug Decriminalization in the United States

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Started: 5/1/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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IllinoisanLibertarian

Pro

I will be arguing for (all) drugs to be decriminalized in the United States of America. I am not going to argue for or against allowing people out of prison who were previously arrested on such charges, if the activities they were incarcerated for became legal, so please refrain from including that in your argument.
kevin.locks

Con

I support federal legalization of Marijuana but it is completely irresponsible to legalize all drugs at least not before having popular demand. With the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act witch I don't support for the record, makes individual health public business as tax dollars are used to correct the individuals failing health. Based on your argument you are supporting tax payer money being used to save the lives for causal heavy drug users. The drug Krokodil is not only terrible for human health but can damage the house of the user to point where it damages the health of future residents. This is obviously something that should not be legalized.

The effects this will have on children is an important issue in witch you seem to have ignored as well. If all drugs were legalized it would definitely lead to parents using in front of their children. Your position is encouraging this as well as the increased likelihood and availability of children's use and access to these harmful drugs. Imagine the future our society would face under the leadership of a drug addicted future generation.

Third we have signed an international treaty agreeing to fight heavy drugs. Abolishing the law would be in violation of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, Invalidating the American position on any other global issue.

Sources
http://www.unodc.org...
http://www.drugs.com...
https://ndpr.nd.edu...
Debate Round No. 1
IllinoisanLibertarian

Pro

To start off, many, many laws are created without popular demand, To say that a valid law must attain popular demand before being passed, is absolutely ludicrous.

With the Affordable Health Care act, ( which I personally do not believe should exist in the first place) several changes would have to be made. However, with the absolute black hole that is our war on drugs, I firmly believe that we will be able to pay for the affordable health care act, and much, much more. With cutting out an estimated 51 billion dollars of tax money, plus the billions of dollars to be made from the taxing of it. Also, it is much cheaper, and much more effective to rehabilitate users, instead of simply incarcerating them. Treating drug addicts people who need help rather than simply arresting them is much more cost effective and humane.

* Krokodil, yes is terrible for anyone to consume, and I would strongly advise against it. But just because something is "bad", is not reason to ban it. I am somewhat confused by the wording of your statement, however, are you referring to a pregnant woman? Please respond to this in your rebuttal. *

Now with the children. "If all drugs were legalized it would definitely lead to parents using in front of their children."

I disagree. Any sane parent as of right now, would not be using any hard drug, illegal or legal. Any parent using hard drugs right now, would have such a weak moral compass would most likely not be affected by whether or not the drug was legal to do them in front of their child. If a parent is addicted, the access to rehabilitation would be much more accessible if they were legalized, thanks to better funded social outreach programs.

Also, if you are implying that doing drugs will be risk-free, and no strings attached, I disagree. The majority of employers across America have the right to drug test their employee's and I seriously doubt these rules changing with the law.

"Your position is encouraging this as well as the increased likelihood and availability of children's use and access to these harmful drugs."

I do not understand how i would be increasing a child's access, if I would just in fact be doing quite the opposite. Since the only way a child would be able to access any drug would be through a black market, I would be doing the exact opposite by shrinking the black market significantly ( not entirely, yes I know). I also do not agree with your notion of Law= morality. Assuming that if something is made legal, whether good or bad, they will be more inclined to do it. I cannot agree with you that by decriminalizing these drugs that they will somehow captivate an entire generation.

"Abolishing the law would be in violation of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, Invalidating the American position on any other global issue"

This statement, is entirely wrong. Many nations have agreed to this Convention, and consequently, many nation have Assessed, Succeeded, or ratified it to their own country's.EVERY single one of these countries is still regarded in foreign affairs, believe me( or my sources). To imply that the country with ( arguably) the greatest military power in the world would not be taken seriously in ANY foreign affair, and simply ignored because the abandoned a failure to an issue that's wasted over a trillion dollars, is absolutely preposterous.Not to mention again, many nations have done the same, legally and appropriately.

Citations:
http://money.cnn.com...
http://www.drugpolicy.org...
http://www.cnn.com...
http://www.justicepolicy.org...
http://reason.com...
http://www.unodc.org...
http://www.unodc.org...
https://treaties.un.org...
kevin.locks

Con

kevin.locks forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
IllinoisanLibertarian

Pro

I am not sure why you decided to forfeit the last round, but that is beyond me. Now that you have not responded, I will go out and provide more reasons for all drugs to be decriminalized.

The Drug War is racist, and degrades those who use drugs as second class citizens.

The Drug War is entirely racist, from who it arrests, to how it's user's are convicted. This can be seen when African Americans only make up 14% of average drug users, but are 37% of those who are arrested for drug offenses. This statistic clearly shows how their communities are unjustly targeted by police and law enforcement. Not only are Black Americans subjected to racial profiling from the drug war, and therefore arrested at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, but they are also given much harder time for drug offenses. " African Americans serve almost as much time in federal prison for a drug offense as whites do for a violent offense." ( still from drugpolicy.org ) This shows us how, a black man smoking some crack, is given nearly the same amount of time that white man could for assault. This is purely discriminatory, and it should disgust every person that such prejudice and racism can still exist in our "civilized" government.

The Drug War also creates second class citizens. Thanks to a report from The Sentencing Project, we now are aware that about every one in 13 black males will not be able to vote due to drug charges. This is ENTIRELY unlawful, as it depraves our citizens of our wonderful "democracy" of the very right it was based off of. This dogma is cancerous to our society, as it depraves the right to vote from anyone who has or consumes a product that the government does not deem appropriate for their usage.

Do not allow our government to continue with it's discriminatory practices and it's deprivation of our bill of rights, do not support the Drug War.

Citations:
http://www.drugpolicy.org...
http://www.sentencingproject.org...
kevin.locks

Con

kevin.locks forfeited this round.
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