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yshuaben.moshe
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Legalizing Marijuana and Hemp

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Started: 4/24/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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yshuaben.moshe

Con

RESOLVED: MARIJUANA AND INDUSTRIAL HEMP SHOULD REMAIN ILLEGAL IN THE U.S.

Pro will take the case for keeping marijuana illegal. This is a 5 round debate. The 1st round is for definitions, acceptance, and the first round argument. The 2nd round is for Alternative arguments only. The 3rd round is for debunking of the two arguments only. The 4th round is for rebuttals. The 5th round is for closing. The Pro has the BOP in this case. To be played as though it were a serious U.S. Senate and U.S. House Proposal, leaving open the option to appeal to emotions (a known logical fallacy) and appeal to patriotism. Impeaching the source in arguments is a valid debate tactic in this debate. Remember, the 1st two rounds are for argument and alternative argument only.

Definitions:

Marijuana: Marijuana is the flowering part of the Cannabis Sativa plant, to include hash;

Industrial Hemp: the fibrous and root parts of the Cannabis Plant;

Law: A government standard for moral conduct of its citizenry;

other terms as properly interpreted at http://www.dictionary.com... and other such sites.

I take the Con on this topic. My Opponent has the BOP and must present at least 4 citations per argument, which can be from other outside governments. I must show how these are prejudicial for the minority of Citizenry and how the current laws negatively impact certain demographics. The use of funding problems is "fair game". The potential for added revenue is also a valid argument. Forfeiture is granted if the Opponent attacks Cons counter-argument during the argument and alternative argument rounds. Again, since this is in the format of Governmental Debate, certain known logical fallacies are fair game.

Does my opponent agree to these definitions and terms of combat? If not, counter definitions are acceptable.

First, I would like to thank my opponent and friend for the excellent and intelligent debate forthwith.

Legalizing Marijuana should be considered, especially in these times of economic difficulty. The added revenue that could be generated is in the billions or hundreds of billions of dollars. http://www.cato.org... Hundreds of billions if you take into account the repeal of propaganda monies and other incarceratory monies. This added revenue could be used for various uses like Infrastructure, paying down the National Debt, and Balancing the Budget, among other things. Creating a Sin Tax, much like the cigarette and gas taxes, http://www.investopedia.com... , could in fact generate the revenues currently needed to invest in upgrades to current infrastructure, like internet speeds and space technology. http://www.rand.org...

Why was marijuana made illegal in the first place? The answer is that it was based on racism, corporate greed, and subterfuge (http://www.chieftain.com...) These are not valid reasons to keep marijuana illegal. If we are to truly keep marijuana illegal, then we must reconsider why its illegal. The laws designed for racism, corporate greed, and subterfuge are antiquated and undesirable in today"s society. Its past time for these laws to be reconsidered based on known scientific fact we already have.

Benefits of Marijuana

Marijuana has been known to reverse some cancerous tumors, and to stop some cancers altogether. http://www.endalldisease.com...
Since this is now known fact, we can justifiably say that the propaganda saying that marijuana is a cancer causing agent has been thoroughly debunked for what it is: Lies against the citizenry towards keeping marijuana illegal.

Marijuana is a bronchial dilator much the same as steroidal treatments but with less negative side effects. http://montanabiotech.com... Although these are relatively newer studies, the appeal is extraordinary. Unlike tobacco smoke, marijuana has no known carcinogens, making it far better than many other smoked pharmaceuticals.

The list goes on and on about the possible benefits to legalizing marijuana, whether as an overall recreational drug like Alcohol or Tobacco or as a medical pharmaceutical.

Thank you for this first part of the debate. I now turn the rest of this over to my opponent and friend on the other side. I reserve the rest of my time for further argument, rebuttal, and closing.
nigga_swag

Pro

I accept your debate and i thank you for posting it as it is a topic i have wanted to debate on. Now Marijuana is a derivitive from the Cannabis plant thats side affects can cause a hallucegenic high. However it also can be a cure for many illnesses and diseases that are common among many people in the U.S. Here is an article on just a few illnesses that Marijuana has cured and saved a few peoples life http://www.alternet.org... plus here are just some of the many other benifits of using medical Marijuana http://www.herbalmission.org.... So that is just a little info on why Marijuana should be legallized.
Debate Round No. 1
yshuaben.moshe

Con

yshuaben.moshe forfeited this round.
nigga_swag

Pro

So as you can see the opponent did not post but I shall continue. I feel that it should be legallized but only for medical reasons but if it is legal not that I am for this but it is a reliable source of income for many people so that is my second argument
Debate Round No. 2
yshuaben.moshe

Con

yshuaben.moshe forfeited this round.
nigga_swag

Pro

Vote for me atleast I post when I need to.
Debate Round No. 3
yshuaben.moshe

Con

My kid has been in the hospital
I forfeit this debate.
nigga_swag

Pro

nigga_swag forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
yshuaben.moshe

Con

yshuaben.moshe forfeited this round.
nigga_swag

Pro

nigga_swag forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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