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Drug Laws in the United States of America

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Started: 12/30/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jp16103

Con

Question:
"Does government have the right to dictate whether or not someone can use a substance or drug? To what extent are the drug laws in the United States of America that prohibit the use of certain substances effective and moral?"

Round One:
Acceptance.
Citrix

Pro

Accepted.
Debate Round No. 1
jp16103

Con

DRUG LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

“Does government have the legal and moral right to dictate whether or not someone can use a substance or drug?”


Note: We have decided to debate the moral and legal authority to create drug laws.


Thesis:

“Human beings have the right to their own bodies and self, no one morally has the right to tell a human being what they can put into their bodies or not, government also does not have the legal authority to create laws that forbid the use of substances.”


Moral Authority 1:

  • Human beings own their bodies. Simply put no one can say what they cannot put into their bodies.

  • If someone consents to using a harmful drug, say methamphetamine it is their own decision to harm themselves. As long as they do not hurt anyone else they are fine.

  • To create drug laws is to say human beings do not own their bodies.

  • Drug laws treat drug users as criminals not sick people, this is immoral.


Clarification 1:

  • I am not condoning drug use, I am a strong opponent of drugs, but I do believe everybody has the right to put whatever they want into their own bodies, and that drug users are sick people not criminals.


Legal Authority 1:


I look forward to your rebuttal, remember we are not debating the effectiveness of drug laws but whether the authority exists to have drug laws morally and legally.


Citrix

Pro

Citrix forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jp16103

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My argument stands.
Citrix

Pro

Citrix forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
jp16103

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jp16103 forfeited this round.
Citrix

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Citrix forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by jp16103 3 years ago
jp16103
Does government have the right legal and moral to dictate what you can put into your body. If you'd like we could choose one or the other for the debate.
Posted by Oxymoron 3 years ago
Oxymoron
Moral right or legal right? Or both?
Posted by 16kadams 3 years ago
16kadams
To me it seems hard to prove the goverment has a right to do anything. Usually its more of a should they, or should they not.
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