The Instigator
Raroden
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The Contender
imabench
Con (against)
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7 Points

Legalizing marijuana.

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imabench
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/20/2012 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 964 times Debate No: 21297
Debate Rounds (4)
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Raroden

Pro

the first round is for accepting.
imabench

Con

I Accept

Debate Round No. 1
Raroden

Pro

Raroden forfeited this round.
imabench

Con

I am taking the position that marijuana should not be legalized on the grounds that marijuana is an extremely addictive drug, it causes teen dependency, it is a drug that contains hundreds of chemicals many of which are carcinogens, it has not directly killed anyone however it does play a role in some deaths, and on the grounds that marijuana is too easy to access to minors for it to be legalized.

1) Addictive, both to adults and especially to teenagers
Marijuana is one of the most addictive illegal drugs out there, it affects one in ten recreational users but teenagers on the other hand are much more vulnerable to becoming dependent on marijuana than adults. Marijuana dependency affects more teenagers than all other drug dependencies combined, and the number of teenagers in rehab for marijuana dependency is larger than any other drug group and costs taxpayers millions
http://www.teendrugabuse.us......
http://www.healthieryou.com......
http://www.drugabuse.gov......
http://www.well.com......

If Marijuana was legalized, then access to the drug for teenagers would mushroom, along with the number of cases of teenage dependency and addictions to the drug.

2) Chemicals
Marijuana is known for having chemicals that alter the mind and create a euphoria for the smoker, however marijuana also contains chemicals that slows reaction time, alters how the brain process information, degrades decision making, etc. Marijuana also contains carcinogens that can cause cancer and severe lung damage over long periods of time. Legalizing marijuana.

http://www.sciencedirect.com......
http://www.jstor.org......
http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org......

Legalizing Marijuana would allow millions of people to unwillingly expose themselves to very harmful drugs that causes numerous health complications such as lung cancer in the far future while in the short term future decision making skills and mental healthiness deteriorate.

3) Lethal nature of Marijuana
Every supporter of Marijuana legalization will hide behind the weak argument that marijuana doesnt kill. Those people are only looking at the fact that it is impossible to overdose on Marijuana, however they completely ignore how Marijuana can cause many types of cancers since many chemicals within marijuana are carcinogenic. Apart from causing death by cancer, marijuana's alteration and degradation of brain functionality plays a role in other common accidents, mostly car accidents where decreased reactionary times to events going on on the roads end in fatalities. On the other hand, the current drug trade involving marijuana causes dozens of deaths and has even triggered small scale civil wars in certain countries (Columbia and Mexico). Marijuana does kill people, either by the long term health damage it triggers or through gang violence.

4) Saturation of the market.
People who support the Profusion Of Toxic, Heavy Euphoria Agents + Drugs....... or "P.O.T.H.E.A.D.'s" for short........... Dont realize that if euphoria agents and drugs such as marijuana are legalized then teenagers and those not old enough to legally smoke the drug would have far greater access to smoking the drug either recreationally or heavily are now much more at risk for developing either a dependency on the drug or develop health complications caused by marijuana chemicals, carcinogens, and mind-altering agents within marijuana.

Legalizing marijuana is a bad idea if you look at it through the health complications it would unleash on this massive nation of 350 million people. Marijuana already causes health complications in millions of people while the drug is illegal, making it legal would expose many more people to the health complications brought about by marijuana now that it would be far more accessible to millions of people who may or may not be of legal age...
Debate Round No. 2
Raroden

Pro

Raroden forfeited this round.
imabench

Con

I extend my arguments
Debate Round No. 3
Raroden

Pro

Raroden forfeited this round.
imabench

Con

Vote Con ;D
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by 16kadams 5 years ago
16kadams
I will keep up on this.
Posted by Zealous1 5 years ago
Zealous1
Not your fault :D
Posted by imabench 5 years ago
imabench
my bad
Posted by Zealous1 5 years ago
Zealous1
NOOOO bench :(

I was so going to accept.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pretty obvious for my decision. Good argument CON