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Masonh928
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Making weed legal for more than medical purposes

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Started: 6/23/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 10 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Voodoo1

Pro

So I am for legalization, mainly because it can benefit us in so many ways. If we take a look at Colorado we can see the benefits, less crime and also we can regulate what kind of weed there is getting sold and we can help people who gets addicted better than if they were to buy it from a drug dealer, who will usually try to sell you even more drugs. Another point is that a lot of criminals make lots of money off selling weed and by making it legal they will lose a large portion of their business, furthermore we will be able to put age restriction on the drug so that it will be harder for minors to obtain it
Masonh928

Con

Since you've not stated any rules or the format of this debate, I shall assume that the first round is for our opening arguments/rebuttal.

Allow me to clarify my position. We will only be discussing recreational legalization not medical usage.

With that stated, I shall refute your statements.

First you have not cited any sources for any of your arguments, therefore they are unfound, additionally you have not stated how it is beneficial to society, neither have you stated what benefits it has provided to colorado, whereas I can state and cite several sources which claim the substantial detrimental effects of recreational marijuana.

1) Marijuana-related traffic deaths have increased by 32% [1]
2) Marijuana dependency increases the risk of users under the age of 17 to suicide by 7 times [2]
3) Insurance rates for employers would increase, as a study of employees demonstrates that employees who use such drugs are 55% more industrial accidents and 85% more injuries in comparison to non-users. They are also five times more likely to injure themselves or others, while causing 40% of all industrial fatalities. [3]

It is also very evident that education is hindered significantly for children using it. Even if minors were disallowed access, research has shown that since legalization Colorado is now the 3rd for the usage of marijuana by teenagers, 56% higher than the national mean and college age is #2 in the nation, which is 54% higher than the national mean. [4]

Admittedly, there are some benefits to legalization of this illicit substance, which you failed to furnish in your initial argument. There are now more job opportunities; however, there would also be an increase in the quantity of job opportunities, if we decided to legalize child pornography, or paid murder/assassination. This is where we must outweigh the benefits to the
detrimental effects of this substance. You mentioned enacting laws to limit usage to minors, yet there exist laws prohibiting/limiting firearms already, which has increased blackmarket sales; therefore, there will certainly be an increase in blackmarket sales to minors, possibly more than now. Research shows that peer pressure is hardwired in our brains [5], making it more evident that there would be an increase of marijuana and illicit drug use in the adolescent society. That is why I believe and research shows that there has actually be an increase in blackmarket sales. 40% of marijuana sales are performed in illicit manners.

It is undoubtedly clear that it is more detrimental than beneficial to society.

[1] = http://www.denverpost.com...
[2] = http://www.webmd.com... & http://www.ibtimes.co.uk...
[2] + [3] = https://www.drugabuse.gov...
[4] = http://www.rmhidta.org...
[5] = https://www.sciencedaily.com...

Thanks again! I await your rebuttal.

Cordially,
Mason H. Hatfield
Debate Round No. 1
Voodoo1

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Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
I forgot my 6th citation -> http://www.cnbcprime.com...
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
I will submit my argument later.
Posted by Voodoo1 11 months ago
Voodoo1
Sure we will debate if recreational uses of marijuana should be allowed
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
I am debating w/ you on the condition that medical usage is not being debated only recreational.
Posted by Voodoo1 11 months ago
Voodoo1
Well now you should be able to join
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
I can't accept, as I believe in legalizing for medical purposes, therefor I would technically not be a contender.
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
There are no benefits other than medical purposes. I believe that better enforcement of existing laws would reduce the rate at which people would go to drug dealers more than legalizing it. The FIRST step is educating people on the harms of smoking such substances, which if you read the article I posted, is very profound.
Posted by Voodoo1 11 months ago
Voodoo1
Hi

I think we should start with medical purposes but later make it legal for everyone who is over the age of 18 and have an ID to confirm it. I know that the restrictions in no way will prevent all minors from getting the drug but it will greatly reduce the number from today where most people can go to a drug dealer and get their drugs, the drug dealer will then also in most cases get you to buy more drugs and maybe more dangerous drugs, which a state owned sales house would never do.
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
Additionally, you can look at this for more: http://www.drugfreeworld.org...

But I mean that's so beneficial to people, isn't it?
Posted by Masonh928 11 months ago
Masonh928
Honestly how well do you believe those restrictions work? Minors and practically everyone who wants it can get it. Restrictions are hard to enforce on such things as this, that's one reason I'm against such allowances.
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