Drugs should regulated and distributed by governments, not gangs.
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I'd like to thank my opponent for the opportunity to debate such a challenging argument. I will be fighting against the motion to distribute and regular drugs by the government rather than by gangs.
Drug Use and Violence
My first argument would be stating that there actually is a connection between drug use and violence. A study done in 2008 showed that 40% of arrested people at the test site were under the influence of marijuana (1). Among state prisoners who were abusing drugs, 53% had at least three prior sentences to probation or incarceration, compared to 32% of other inmates. Drug dependent or abusing state prisoners (48%) were also more likely than other inmates (37%) to have been on probation or parole supervision at the time of their arrest (1).
Black Market Drugs
You also make mention of criminal violence in the underground drug market. Official estimates put the number of people killed in drug-related violence since late 2006 at about 60,000 people. Victims include drug gang members, security forces, and innocent bystanders (2). However, according to a UN report, 200,000 people die per year from abuse of heroin, cocaine, and other drugs (3). These statistics make it clear that drug prevention is a much larger issue than the violence caused by the distribution of illegal drugs itself.
We can also come to the agreement that conviting drug users rather than helping them is not the best solution, however it has been made clear by the ONDCP that they are making great investments in anti-drug media, support programs, and promoting the placement of drug abusers in rehabilitation rather than incarcerating them (1). While we can both agree that the amount of people in prison because of drug convictions is absurd, I would like to state that legalizing drugs even as minor as marijuana which placed 11,406 teens in the ER in 2010 (4) is not the solution.
The common argument that it should be legal as long as it doesn't harm other people is ludicrous. If you legalize something that permits people the easy access to harm themselves, you will undoubtedly end up with a physically and mentally weaker society.
Prohibition is also to blame for an enormous opportunity cost. Despite the tax revenue and economic opportunities that a regulated marijuana market could generate, our laws still prevent the legal sale of the nation"s largest cash crop. Combined with the savings from ending prohibition enforcement, marijuana taxation could generate revenue for federal and state governments.
I'd like to inform the audience and my opponent that it has come to my attention that my opponent is plagiarizing articles from drugpolicy.org for both round debates. It would also come to my attention that his plagiarized argument lacks sources and contradicts my arguments without actually rebuting any of my key debates.
I would like to void round 2, and if my opponent can make his own debate for round 3 rebuting my arguments or creating his own, I'd greatly appreciate it.
mhop0923 forfeited this round.
My opponent has forfeited. ggnore
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