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Drugs Should be Legalized

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Started: 4/3/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Drugs should most certainly be legalized. Any measures opposing the freedom to use drugs violate individual sovereignty. In other words, by banning drugs, a government violates the rights of individuals to make their own choices and act according to their own judgement. Since all people have the freedom to think and sustain their own lives and values, if they are not violating other people's rights, then they have every right to use drugs.

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Even though I agree with you, I will be taking the con side for the fun of it.
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Even though people should be able to make their own decisions, drugs have a too big downside. Drugs take away your sense of thought, mental drive, and many health issues. Last year, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses ( and the issue is affecting people all over the nation.

Looking forward to a great debate!
Debate Round No. 1


Portugal decriminalized drugs. 14 years later, the data showed "that Portugal has by no means plunged into a drug crisis." This is one example of how practical legalizing drugs is.

If people want to endanger their own lives, they have every right to do so.

"Drugs are traded by violent criminals today because the drug trade is illegal, not because it inherently attracts criminals."
Also see-Prohibition.

To expand on the above point, when a product becomes illegal, all trading is done underground; mobs gain monopolies on products and use brute force to achieve their means. If drugs were legal, the drug market would be far less harmful to both its consumers and civilians.

The war on drugs creates far more violence ( than drug legalization would.

The best way to combat drug use is cultural pushback, not legal action against people making their own independent decisions.


Legal action has assisted in tackling drugs in any ways, but a new system would defend more people.

If local law enforcement can work with people in the insides of the drug business, locating and capturing dealers would be much easier.

Also, the solution would be much less dangerous for the officers and people nearby and also bystanders at the scene of the arrest.

In a cultural pullback, too many problems can erupt, throwing the nation into chaos and panic.
Debate Round No. 2


The amount of resources we would have to invest for such a plan and the negative effect it would have on innocent people overwhelmingly outweighs any possible positive effect it might have.

The toll that the drug war takes on innocent, everyday people is insane.

Just like Prohibition, the drug war has been unsuccessful and disastrous. It has created mobs, gangs, and street warfare. It has destroyed our inner cities. It has hurt taxpayers immensely.

The Constitution exists for a reason. Whenever individual freedoms are violated, there are always major consequences.


Noting that I agree with you, this debate has been quite challenging, but here I go. There are some drugs that cause the real problems, those that drive people to cause chaos and injure civilians, and when other people are at risk, we must stop the insanity. The drug war many not be 100% constitutional, but it may just be for the better of the people.
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