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Legality of Marijuana

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Started: 11/12/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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pickeringmsc2014

Con

Marijuana will not be legalized in our state for many reasons. These are also reasons why it has not been legalized over the years. The first reason is the fact that marijuana is a gateway drug. In most cases, weed has been linked to much more heavy narcotics, such as heroin or cocaine. As marijuana itself may not be very dangerous, it does lead to much harder drugs. When addicts often tell their story, almost all begin with marijuana. According to Time magazine, a person who smokes pot is 104 times more likely to try cocaine than someone who has never smoked before.
carnesmsc14

Pro

Ever since marijuana has been known to humans, not one single account of death from overdose has been recorded. On the other hand, in 2010, 38,329 people died from drug overdoses. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In that same year, 25,692 people died from alcohol-related causes.
Debate Round No. 1
pickeringmsc2014

Con

People will always continue to abuse narcotics, prescription drugs and alcohol no matter what laws are placed against them. Although, Mariuana can cause some of the same effects as some of these drugs mentioned above, and people consider it safe? It delays reaction time and can make your whole personality change. Under the influence of weed, it can cause the same consequences. You can severely hurt yourself and others while using marijuana. If you were to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of marijuana, your reaction time is effected and you could easily get into an accident.
carnesmsc14

Pro

But it's a natural god given plant
Debate Round No. 2
pickeringmsc2014

Con

Marijuana, like many other natural things, can often be harmful if used in abusive or unlawful ways. Just because something is natural does not always mean that it is right and safe.
carnesmsc14

Pro

By legalizing marijuana it would bring in millions to the government. people already spend tons of money on it a year, maybe helping us come out of debt
Debate Round No. 3
pickeringmsc2014

Con

But unlike many other drugs and alcohol substances, marijuana cannot be regulated and is very difficult to tax. Therefore, the amount of money it would bring into the government is unsure. And like many other illegal drugs, it seems as though many users like the rush it gives them to use something or do something that is against the law. Once it would be legalized would it still have the same outcome? Personally, I do not believe it would bring in a large sum for the government.
carnesmsc14

Pro

There is evidence that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses, it is much less toxic than some od the medications given.
Debate Round No. 4
pickeringmsc2014

Con

That is exactly why medicinal marijuana is available for medical use. But recreationaly, I don't think it will ever be legalized here.
carnesmsc14

Pro

Although it has been smoked widely in Western countries for decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema leading to to marijuana.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by desaulnierspmsc2014 3 years ago
desaulnierspmsc2014
Alas -- saying it should be legalized because it is 'natural' is not a solid enough reason. The win has to go to no legalization (exception regarding medical a good point to make, as well as health issues and addiction problems -- "gateway drug.")
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