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D-bait123
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Bill_Henly
Con (against)

Federal prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional.

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Started: 9/24/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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D-bait123

Pro

Definitions:

1.) Prohibition- the action of forbidding an activity, action, et cetera by authority or law
2.) Unconstitutional- Violating or contradicting the U.S Constitution

I believe that federal prohibition of marijuana violates the U.S Constitution.

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Bill_Henly

Con

No marijuana is a bad life threatening drug that can hurt you.
Debate Round No. 1
D-bait123

Pro

I thank my opponent for accepting my debate. I will argue why the federal prohibition of marijuana is unconstitutional.

Reason #1: Power not given to the federal government

Article 1, Section 8 [1] of the U.S Constitution lists the powers of the legislative branch. It doesn't say that the federal government has the power to prohibit the usage of marijuana. However, Congress has passed laws outlawing the usage of marijuana, which is a perfect example of how the government violates the Constitution.

Reason #2: It violates the 9th Amendment.

The 9th Amendment [2] of the U.S Constitution states that the people also have rights not included in the Bill of Rights. This includes the right to privacy, which was somewhat, but not completely, supported by the 4th Amendment. So, federal prohibition of marijuana violates the 9th Amendment because it invades the privacy of marijuana users by deciding what they can and cannot consume.

Reason #3: It violates the 10th Amendment.

The 10th Amendment [3] conveys the fact that the powers not possessed by the federal government are to be vested in the states or the people. Therefore, only states have the right to decide whether marijuana should be legal or not. This means that all federal laws prohibiting the usage of marijuana are unnecessary and unconstitutional.

[1] https://www.law.cornell.edu...
[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu...
[3] https://www.law.cornell.edu...
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