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waterskier
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The Contender
whyt3nn3rdy
Con (against)
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Legalization of Cannabis

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waterskier
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/8/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 962 times Debate No: 24165
Debate Rounds (4)
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waterskier

Pro

I believe that cannabis should be legal.
resolution:cannabis should be legal
definitions:
legal-permitted by law
cannabis-A plant used to produce hemp fiber and as a mildly psychotropic drug.
rules:
1.no insults
2.must go by the organization
3.no trolling
4.must provide source if it is a fact (excluding things that would be construed as obvious, opponent can request source if he believes it is not a fact)
organization:
R1-acceptance,no arguments
R2-opening statements, and arguments
R3-Rebuttals, and new arguments
R4-closing statements, Rebuttals, no new arguments
whyt3nn3rdy

Con

Challenge Accepted.
Debate Round No. 1
waterskier

Pro

Thanks to my opponent for accepting this debate.

I have many reasons why cannabis should be legal, so I guess I'll start with
#1 Prohibition has failed
The government has tried to use the prospect of prison to stop people for smoking cannabis for over 75 years and yet: cannabis is now used by over 25 million people every year. It is also the biggest cash crop in the U.S. So saying that prohibition has worked in completely ridiculous.

#2 If regulated, legalization/regulation would keep it out of the hands of teenagers.
As a teenager, I can say first hand that I can get cannabis whenever I want, but getting alcohol/tobacco would be a serious challenge. Also if cannabis is a gateway drug like most anti-cannabis activists say it is, decreasing the use of cannabis in teenagers would also decrease the use of other drugs.

#3 legalization would take power away from criminal organizations.
cannabis being a big source of profit for gangs and cartels, making cannabis legal would take away alot of power from those organizations.

#4 cannabis is non-lethal and is safer than alcohol and tabaco.
Overdosing on cannabis is nearly impossible, and it is established scientifically that cannabis is non-toxic to humans. Tabaco smoke unlike cannabis smoke causes alot of harm to the body, and alcohol kills brain cells every time you use it. While cannabis has been shown to stimulate brain cell activity.

#5 cannabis does not make people want to commit violent crimes
Being a casual cannabis user, I can say from first hand experience that cannabis does not cause you to commit crimes. The only thing it causes you to do is literally nothing.

#6 there has never been even one death from cannabis use
In order for a human to consume enough cannabis to be fatal, they would have to consume nearly 40,000 times the amount of THC required to intoxicate them. If it takes you 3 'hits' of marijuana to intoxicate you, it would require 120,000 hits to kill you. Therefore, it is virtually impossible to die of a marijuana overdose.
whyt3nn3rdy

Con

whyt3nn3rdy forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
waterskier

Pro

My arguments extend into this round
whyt3nn3rdy

Con

whyt3nn3rdy forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
whyt3nn3rdy

Con

whyt3nn3rdy forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by whyt3nn3rdy 4 years ago
whyt3nn3rdy
I'm so sorry, our internet went down and I couldn't post m arguments. We may be getting it back soon, but I'm not sure.
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Vote Placed by socialpinko 4 years ago
socialpinko
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeits and total lack of any positive arguments or rebuttals from Con give Pro the win.