Legalization of Cannabis
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this particular topic, so I needed to research a bit. Good luck to you sir.
Alcohol and cigarettes are both considered to be potentially harmful
drugs by the United States Food and Drug Administration. My opponent will
most likely claim that marijuana is no more harmful than these two substances, which
are legal in the U.S. However, these drugs are harmful for very different reasons.
Alcohol and tobacco poison the body; marijuana is a toxin of the mind. Admittedly, during
use, alcohol impairs cognitive function, but those effects are generally short term. Studies
by the National Institute On Drug Abuse have found that marijuana use can lead
to serious mental disorders like schizophrenia.
The Declaration of Independence said "that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among
these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." A person absolutely has
the right to pursue happiness by consuming whatever drug they may fancy. The trouble
comes when their happiness is at odds with the betterment of society. Just as a general
rule, people with mental disorders are not as high-functioning as those with
normal brains. As tragic as they are, liver disease and lung cancer don't impair
cognitive function. If a government has an easy way, like making a substance illegal, to ensure that normal human
beings don't develop mental disorders, they owe it to society to maintain the
mental integrity of the populace as best they can. Marijuana should remain illegal for that reason.
libtare333 forfeited this round.
Also, you first statement that "no person has every died from smoking marijuana" is particularly misleading. A study at held by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that "in 2002, nearly 120,000 people were admitted to emergency rooms suffering from marijuana-related problems." So, while certainly the physical use of marijuana isn't all that dangerous, the effects it can have on the brain are. It affects reaction time and coordination, and is a recipe for disaster when mixed with something like driving. Don't try to make marijuana seem harmless. Also, you assertion that smoking marijuana can't cause lung cancer is simply false. The same study revealed that a single joint contains four times more carcinogens than a filtered cigarette.
There is no way to deny that marijuana has harmful effects. Sure, you can play with statistics and say that it is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, but this argument is null and void. None of these substances are good for the human body. A government's only effective way to discourage the use of a substance is to make it illegal, but it comes down to an issue of practicality. In all reality, with all of the destruction they cause, alcohol and tobacco probably shouldn't be legal either, but any attempt to change the status quo would result in an outcry of freedom being taken away as seen during the 20's with prohibition. So, the government has turned to other means, like heavily taxing tobacco and enforcing severe punishment for DUI's in an attempt to curb the effects of these drugs on society. Still, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that 10,839 people were killed in 2009 due to drunk driving.
The argument is illogical. One harmful substance being legal is not justification to legalize a slightly less harmful substance. Ideally, use of both substances would be inhibited, but our society feels that they have an entitlement to kill themselves with alcohol and tobacco. Why would you want to make a substance whose effects are known to increase the risk of car accidents legal and encourage its use? The annual number of fatal car accidents in the United States has been in the mid thirty-thousands for at least the last seventeen years. Enough people are dying in car accidents without the help of another intoxicating substance.
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