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Kevert
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emospongebob527
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Legalization of all drugs

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Kevert
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/8/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Kevert

Pro

This debate is centered around the decision whether or not to legalise drugs. I believe for a number of reasons formed through logic and research that all drugs should be legalized, distributed and regulated by governments across the world and that the reason they are not is due to a combination of ignorance, people being ill-informed of the true facts and nature of drugs, political gain and certain market interests.
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emospongebob527

Con

I accept.


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Debate Round No. 1
Kevert

Pro

I believe for a number of reasons formed through logic and research that all drugs should be legalized, distributed and regulated by governments across the world and that the reason they are not is due to a combination of ignorance, people being ill-informed of the true facts and nature of drugs, political gain and certain market interests.

Firstly, I believe that we have should have the right to ingest any substance within our own bodies within the comfort of our homes or in a designated area as long as it causes no harm to another individual.

The criminal market for the illegal distribution of drugs is one of the biggest enterprises in the world. It is within the top 10 global industries in the world and generates billions of dollars worldwide every year. Through legalization of drugs, governments could distribute, regulate and properly control the drug market which in turn would take the business from dangerous criminals who are profiting from the illegal sales of drugs everyday. Crime rates worldwide would undergo an astronomical drop, reducing the number of gangs and gang-related violence and forcing these criminals to seek proper jobs and contribute to society.

Healthy production of drugs. Most drug-related deaths are often due the user not knowing the purity of the drug being consumed. For example John gets his daily fix of heroin from his local dealer, except one day the batch the dealer has is much more concentrated however, as the dealer isn't trained, he is unaware of it and therefore so is John. So John shoots up his usual amount only to die from an accidental overdose due to taking too much of the drug and not knowing the purity of the drug. Often the chemicals cut with drugs such as heroin and cocaine such as bicarbonate soda, talcum powder or even rat poison can also be lethal to users. If these drugs were legal, they would be manufactured in clean environments by people trained in the specific field and would also be 100% pure or the impurities would be harmless. This would result in drug users always knowing the purity of the drug and what dose they should intake.

Tax income and employment. The legalization of drugs would create a whole new worldwide industry where thousands, even millions of jobs being created. There would be new jobs in farming of the plants, manufacturing in factories, doctors to monitor and study users in drug clinics and the distributors of the drugs. This in turn would bring in a new tax revenue the likes of which we have never seen before. If people think alcohol and tobacco are highly taxed, imagine taxes of all the drugs combined?

Thrill seekers. Many people choose to use drugs as a form of rebellion against the system. This even applies to fireworks here in Ireland where they are illegal. By legalizing drugs, these people using drugs for the thrill of its prohibition will avoid drugs as it won't be deemed as 'rebellious' or 'cool', leaving only recreational users to enjoy drugs freely without being condemned.

Social Problems. Most addicts that are used as a reason to keep drugs illegal usually first started using to escape their problems in life. The public look down on these people for using drugs whereas if drugs were legal and socially acceptable then the real issue would be addressed which is what caused them to resort to drugs in the first place. (for example depression)

Education. People could finally be properly educated on the facts of drugs and their nature as opposed to the propaganda that is fed to people from a young age which, by the time they are older, they have been brainwashed and manipulated into condemning drug use without being properly informed making these people ignorant. Innocent drug users who lead normal lives with families must keep their habit quiet due to these horrible stigmas created with drug use as a result of this propaganda and a select few who couldn't control their use of drugs. Governments are afraid of the powers of drugs as they alter your mind state and perspectives on life and society which can often cause people to notice flaws in society they couldn't see before and inspire them to oppose the current government as a result. Keeping drugs illegal prevents the public from a potential opposition against the system.

Market interests in keeping drugs illegal. Certain industries like the tobacco industry for example are keen on the status of drugs remaining illegal as their legalization would produce a huge magnitude of competition as people would have a lot of choice in terms of which drug to use. Marijuana for example could be much more favoured by people rather than smoking tobacco and these tobacco companies would lose many of their customers so they lobby government officials and politicians in order to keep them illegal. Many politicians and people with the power to bring about the legalization of drugs are ignorant themselves in terms of scientific knowledge of drugs and do not know the full facts.

I'll end this round with the fact that the 'The Prohibition' in America in the 20's is a perfect example of how prohibition doesn't work. It created a whole new industry of 'bootlegging' which involved the production and sale of illegal liquor across the country. Crime rates rose, criminals got rich and many people resorted to producing their own alcohol which wasn't always done correctly and caused harm to their overall health. Similarly today, the 'War on Drugs' is proving to be a complete failure. They have only marginally impeded the distribution of drugs in the United States whilst costing the taxpayers billions of dollars annually. With the legalization of drugs, these billions of dollars spent on the 'Drugs Effort' will not only be erased but instead will generate billions of dollars for the government through taxes.
emospongebob527

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Kevert

Pro

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emospongebob527

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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16kadams
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