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SebUK
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Cooldudebro
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Legality of all recreational drugs.

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SebUK
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/16/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SebUK

Pro

Burden of proof is shared , round 1 is for acceptance only and no rebuttals in round 2.
Cooldudebro

Con

I accept on the condition that my opponent doesn't use any low tier drugs. Examples of such drugs are : caffeine. Good luck!
Debate Round No. 1
SebUK

Pro

First of all I would like to make a little speech as to why I think drugs should be legalized . The war on drugs has been going on for decades now, it has cost world economies billions (I can provide a source if my opponent requests) and thousands of innocent people were put into jail for a victim less crime but humanity has been trying to achieve a higher form of being and consciousness for thousands of years of human history .It is a part of human culture that we are not gone rid of by criminalizing it from Alexander the Greats opium to modern age cannabis use criminalizing people for drug use will not stop people doing it . Now I will explain why legalizing drugs is a good idea .

1. Violence&Black Market- Why do we associate drug use with violence? It is because people who want to use drugs have to go to a black market to buy them this market is unregulated and uncontrolled , different factions involved in drug trade are fighting against each other and by legalizing drugs we would give people the chance to buy drugs from a more reliable source such as the government or a regulated private sector .This market is regulated which makes everything better , don't you think most people would rather buy from it than from a drug dealer in a dark alley that has no knowledge of business management , The black market would collapse.

2.Freedom of choice and lifestyle-. In a truly free society people shouldn't restrict the freedom of others when the issue is that of a personal nature , this is very relevant to the issue of banning drugs as drug usage is a victim-less crime and I consider banning them to be immoral.

3.Safety.- Why do so many people overdose on drugs? for example heroin apart from its addictiveness is not as harmful to your body as let's say cocaine as heroin addicts can survive decades and the only reason why they die in the end is because of overdosing. The reason why people overdose on such drugs is because like I explained before they are forced to buy them from an unregulated market where drug dealers can put stuff into the drug to increase the value therefore customers are not sure how pure it is and might inject too much causing an overdose.

4.Price.- Drug addicts often have to engage in criminal activities to get money for their next fix but if drugs were legalized the price would go down as it would be easier to produce and transport drugs and it wouldn't be such a hard job to get your next fix so your life can be a lot better and crime rates would naturally follow .

5.Prison Overgrowth.- For this example let's look at the USA , 5% of the worlds population lives in USA yet 25% of all prisoners in the world are in USA , around 80% of all drug arrests are simply for having drugs on you ,this is putting innocent people in prison and over crowding prisons that have to be paid for.

6. Money.- Taxing those who produce drugs will give the government a lot of money , this is a simple argument there is not much to add to this argument .

7.Statistics.-' In 1970 there were 9000 convictions or cautions for drug offenses and 15% of young people had used an illegal drug. In 1995 the figures were 94 000 and 45%. Prohibition doesn't work.'

Sources - Speech. - 'Psychoactive drugs have been used in society for as far back as history provides us with records. Many are naturally produced in plants and easily accessed by human populations in the regions in which they grow. Just as alcohol plays a key function today in social events, psychoactive drugs from plants have also been incorporated into community celebrations, rites of passage, and religious ceremonies. For better or worse, most societies today that accept or at least tolerate alcohol are reluctant to view other drugs the same way. Alcohol’s widespread acceptance owes in part to the fact that the natural fermentation process occurs everywhere around the world, whereas other psychoactive drugs will grow only in special climates. ' http://www.utm.edu...; Argument 1. - 'Prohibition leads to violence. By making a black market inevitable, you generate violence because the conflicts between the parties involved in the drug trade can't be solved by legal means within the judicial system. They are forced into a twilight world in which they have to shoot each other instead of hiring lawyers and taking the matter to court. ' http://www.spiegel.de...

Argument 2. - No source required .

Argument 3. - 'The biggest risk is death from overdose. It's impossible to judge the purity of street heroin. Many accidental overdoses have occurred when a batch of particularly pure heroin is released onto the streets, overwhelming the built-up tolerances of regular users. Smoking or snorting, rather than injecting, reduces the chance of overdosing but does not eliminate ' http://www.thegooddrugsguide.com...

'Under prohibition of alcohol, deaths from alcohol poisoning, from poisoning by things that were mixed in with the bootleg alcohol, went up sharply. Similarly, under drug prohibition, deaths from overdose, from adulterations, from adulterated substances have gone up.' http://www.druglibrary.org...

Argument 4. - 'There are studies that show the level of violence is reduced when the state leaves the drug trade alone, the reason being that the drug dealers have fewer disputes. The latest evidence from Mexico confirms that. Of course there has been drug-related violence there for a long time. But the violence didn't escalate and increase sharply in scale until the president, Felipe Calderón, declared the big war on drugs in 2006. We have calculated that the murder rate in the US could fall by around 25 percent if drugs were legal.' http://www.spiegel.de...

Argument 5. - http://www.naacp.org... http://www.drugwarfacts.org...

Argument 6. - 'If it legalized drugs, the United States could save $85 billion to $90 billion per year. Roughly half that is spent on the current drugs policy and half that is lost in taxes that the state could have levied on legal drugs.' http://www.spiegel.de...; http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

Argument 7. - http://www.urban75.com...

That is all for now thank you for reading and I would like to remind my opponent that there are strictly no rebuttals in R2 .

Cooldudebro

Con

Cooldudebro forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Cooldudebro

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
Cooldudebro

Con

Cooldudebro forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Cooldudebro

Con

Cooldudebro forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Cooldudebro 2 years ago
Cooldudebro
f#^$ I should've finished this before I left for a while.
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