The Instigator
socialpinko
Pro (for)
Winning
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The Contender
jmar8542
Con (against)
Losing
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Drug Legalization

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socialpinko
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/9/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 1,380 times Debate No: 15284
Debate Rounds (4)
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socialpinko

Pro

I will take the pro position for the legalization of all drugs. Con will take the argument against the legalization of any and all drugs.

Round 1: Acceptance, Definitions
Round 2: Opening arguments
Round 3: Rebuttals
Round 4: Closing arguments, Voters

Definitions:

Drug: A chemical substance, such as a narcotic or hallucinogen, that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and often addiction.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com...

Legalization: to make lawful or legal
http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
jmar8542

Con

I accept my opponent's definitions, and look forward to his opening arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
socialpinko

Pro

I thank my opponent for accepting my debate challenge.

I argue that drug prohibition has not lead to decreased levels of consumption(http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov...). In fact data shows that overall drug use has only increased over the years.

Making drugs illegal has not brought down levels of use and has created a black market for drug-users. Now people have to interact with drug cartels to get their fix. This has lead to increased violence as discrepencies cannot be settled legally but people are left to their own to settle their problems.

Legalizing drugs means that the government can not only bring in revenue from an untapped industry but can regulate it to see that people are not getting their pot laced.

Also, legalizing drugs means that addicts do not necessarily have to commit crime to feed their habit but can seek help without the fear of prosecution.

I argue that taking drugs is the same thing as drinking alcohol. It is up to the individual to use them in a responsible manner and the government has no right to tell a person what they can or cannot put into their own bodies.
jmar8542

Con

jmar8542 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
socialpinko

Pro

Extend my arguments.
jmar8542

Con

jmar8542 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
socialpinko

Pro

My opponent has not posted any arguments of his own and as it is the last round he cannot post new arguments as I would not have room to try and refute them. Con should automatically lose the argument vote. Con should also lose the conduct vote for forfeiting two of the four rounds.

VOTE PRO
jmar8542

Con

jmar8542 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Vote Placed by Cliff.Stamp 5 years ago
Cliff.Stamp
socialpinkojmar8542Tied
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeit.