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greatm
Pro (for)
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pattywyatt31
Con (against)

Employees may use marijuana on the job except if it could pose a threat to the public.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/5/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Debating Period
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greatm

Pro

Employees should be allowed to use marijuana on the job as long as they are not public officials/servants (i.e. policemen, firemen), teachers, drivers (i.e. bus drivers, taxi drivers), or medical workers. People who do not work in these fields should be allowed to use marijuana because they are not endangering anyone when high.
*This is for a school debate over whether marijuana should be legalized for all residents over the age of 18. We are on the affirmative side.
pattywyatt31

Con

Before this debate begins, could you explain what you mean by "endangering anyone"? Also could you elaborate on why policemen, firemen, teachers, drivers, or medical workers can not use marijuana? When using the term anyone, does this include the person using marijuana? Additionally, the topic states, "Employees may use marijuana on the job except if it could pose a threat to the public." whereas in one's claim it states, "should be allowed to use marijuana because they are not endangering anyone." So is the argument that they should be allowed to use marijuana as long as they are not hurting anyone including themselves, coworkers, and the public, or strictly just the public? Also when stating "employees on the job" do you mean they can use marijuana on breaks or while working or both?
People at work should not be allowed to use marijuana because in any case it is a threat (threat: a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger). As stated by the National Institute of Drug Abuse the short term effects of marijuana are altered senses, altered sense of time, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving, and impaired memory. Any of these side effects could create a situation that endangers anyone, for example take a sandwich shop employee who is not a public official, teacher, driver, or medical worker. If this sandwich maker experiences impaired body movement and difficulty thinking, while slicing the bread they could cut their finger. If they damage their finger then they are a threat to themselves. Based upon the effects of marijuana, it does create a danger to anyone including oneself. Therefore, marijuana should not be used while at work regardless of the profession.
This is the link to the National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov...
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Posted by TheBenC 7 months ago
TheBenC
I have smoked and grown tons of pot. I am an expert on the subject. Smoking too much of it can really mess you up. It is not physically addictive like other drugs but it can be psychologically addictive which can lead to overuse and bigger problems.

Smoking pot in your free time is fine. When you are working you should be the best employee you can. Do the best job you can. If you need to smoke pot all day and night, you have a problem. If you cannot take 8-9 hours off of smoking pot each day, you need help.
Posted by velociraptor92 7 months ago
velociraptor92
I am amazed by how civil this is so far (round 1)
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