I have decided to make this debate because I believe that legalisation of cannabis is a step closer to a crime free USA. This might sound strange, but the thing is that selling cannabis is one ot the biggest sources of income for criminal gangs like the Hells Angels, and so on. By selling cannabis from drugstores instead of via gang members selling it from the streets ve wil take the economic foundation away from these gangs, and by that reduce the crime rate in the USA. This wil also make us able to regulate how mutch the marijuana users take and by that offer them help if they have a problem.
P.S. I would like to note that there should be an age limit of 25 years.
P.P.S I have never smoked marijuana, or taken it in any other way.
Legalising Any kind of harmful drug is wrong, I don't think cannabis should be legalised due to the fact that it has a harmful affect to the body you could argue that the same could be said for alcohol but alcohol damages the body only over a long period of use on the other hand cannabis can Be irritant to the lungs, and frequent cannabis smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, and a heightened risk of lung infections. One study found that people who smoke cannabis frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems and miss more days of work than those who don"t smoke cannabis, mainly because of respiratory illnesses. It is not yet known whether cannabis smoking contributes to risk for lung cancer. Sources:drugtacts.gov
Just so that we are clear about what we are debating: I am not going to go into the pros and cons of cannabis, because then it is just going to turn into an argument about whether cannabis is a good or bad thing. The subject I want to talk about is whether it should be legalised based on the type of society the USA is, and what benifits and consequenses the possible legalisation og canabis may have on our society. Of course you can use the effects cannabis has on people and so on, as an argument, but it is not the essence of the debate.
In my previous argument I based the possible transformation of cannabis into a legal drug on the fact that it will reduce the crime rates as it is now being sold in the streets by gang members and so on. However, I also base this on the fact that cannabis is acceptable in many both high and low income groups, so if people want to smoke weed, they will to do it anyway, whether it is illegal or not.
I am not going to argue against your arguments because they are under the category I mentioned earlier and they are probably true. However, I don't see how it will affect the American population's overall medical condition because of the thing I wrote about cannabis being socially acceptable. I am sorry if I have not made it clear enough in my first argument.