Debate Rounds (4)
2nd round is opening argument
3rd round rebuttal
4th round conclusion
I take the stance of pro legalization.
History has shown You cannot legislate morality. What people do in the privacy of their homes as long as they bring no harm to anyone's person or property is not an affair of the government. A government that tells me its OK to drink a poison that will destroy my liver but I cant smoke a harmless plant is unfit to rule other men. A good example of why you cannot legislate morality would be the prohibition of Alcohol in the early 1900's. It created a black market which funded the growth of organized crime in America. The alcohol being made was unregulated and often dangerous. Many deaths occurred by bad alcohol ,gang violence, and police violence against gangs and visa verse. After the prohibition ended the criminals could no longer profit from it. This would be the case if we legalized marijuana in America, taxed it and regulated it. The price of marijuana would drop drastically because there will be no product intercepted by police. which is a common problem for drug cartels that they write off. This would undercut the black market and effectively cut off the largest source of funding for the drug cartels in Mexico.
The movement for legalization has gained much ground over the past decade and continues to gain momentum with recreational marijuana legal in two states ,legal medically in 23 states, and Florida legalized a medical strand "Charlotte's web" for children with epilepsy. Washington is still in the early stages of releasing the product to the public. Colorado however is well on their way. Since cannabis has been legal in Colorado crime has gone down in Denver. Homicides went down 53%, automobile break-ins 36%, and sexual assaults 14%.
The prohibition of marijuana is harmful to society in many ways. It creates a gateway to other drugs because drug pushers often use it to draw in young kids then later get them hooked to more addictive drugs. Without a black market the gateway effect of marijuana is completely nullified. It would be difficult for children to get a hold of it when it is regulated. The fact that people who have used heavier drugs have also used marijuana does not give evidence that it is a gateway drug. Many users never move on to other drugs.
Earlier in my paragraph I wrote of marijuana being a harmless plant. Allow me to elaborate, there are no recorded deaths from overdose in history. It is physically impossible to overdose on marijuana. There are certain cases where people are hospitalized after having smoked weed but none of which have resulted in injury or death. Its just simply a case of someone shocking there system to more tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) then they are used to. It relieves pain and helps cancer patients eat and live comfortably. There are strands with no THC in them that are safe to give to children for treating epilepsy and it is the most effective and safest medicine on the market. It is also a safer alternative for many patients who are in pain with no liver damage or risk of addiction to pain pills.
It is fiscally and socially irresponsible to continue the prohibition of marijuana. it causes much suffering and accomplishes nothing.
Hemp plant facts.
FDA re evaluates marijuana classification. Marijuana is currently classified as a schedule one with heroin. which is supposed to mean it has no health benefits and clearly all of the doctors and scientists aren't wrong the FDA is.
Medical benefits suppressed by jail system.
10 health benefits.
Crime down in Colorado.
Marijuana by definition cannot be abused. It is a medicinal herb, and a textile crop. It is America's number one cash crop. Abusing marijuana is the equivalent of abusing corn.
" Those who support its legalization for medical or for general use, fail to recognize that the greatest costs of marijuana are not related to its prohibition; they are costs from marijuana itself. "
Costs such as lowering the crime? Costs such as creating jobs? Costs such as earning revenue to pay the deficit? Costs such as protecting our rights? Please elaborate. The only subject still up for debate is what impact legalization of marijuana would have on traffic accidents resulting in fatalities. Seeing as how Marijuana is already the most widely enjoyed drug, the true argument lies with how an increase of use would effect the number of traffic accidents. Lets go to the charts for this one for some actual proof.
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When marijuana use Soared in the sixties and seventies Highway safety was improving and still continued to improve at a quicker rate afterwards mainly attributed to new safety standards and features in automobiles. It proves that highway safety is unaffected by the increased use of marijuana. The testing for marijuana intoxication is very inaccurate. It can stay lingering in your system longer then any other illegal substance. This is due to that fact that your liver does not prioritize THC as a substance that needs to be cleaned out of the blood stream. Thus remnant traces of THC stay in your blood for up to 7 days after just a one time use and longer for regular users. Their is no way to prove if marijuana is directly attributed to any single car accident.
"Legalized gambling has not reduced illegal gambling; rather marijuana has increased it. "
Gambling can be done anywhere there is a group of people with cash. Selling marijuana is a different dynamic the cartels will have costly obstacles in their way in order to smuggle drugs into America as they do now. They take that risk and spend that money because there is a good return with a market that is unregulated where you can control the price. Marijuana is relatively cheap to grow in high yields in just about any environment as long as it gets adequate sunlight. The growers in America wont have these obstacles. At the moment legal marijuana in Colorado is just beneath street value. This is a matter of supply and demand. Once more growers are established and the supply can meet the demand the price will drop. Legalized gambling is not a proper comparison.
My Opponent has failed to provide any proof, evidence, or elaboration for his arguments. I have expanded on and provided proof for every point I have argued.(although it seems as if he didn't even read my opening argument) The fact of the matter is their are no facts or actual statistics that suggest the legalization of marijuana would be harmful in anyway. Thus the reason my opponent has not provided any.
Now for my closing argument
Marijuana is the number one cash crop in America. It has over 400 medical applications, and over 1000 textile applications. There are no recorded deaths from marijuana. Statistics show clearly that the increased use of marijuana among the population has no negative ramifications. The prohibition on marijuana creates a huge black market in which drug cartels can profit and spread violence. It also aids to fund private prisons and contributes to America's growing police state. It is a window for law enforcement to violate your 4th amendment rights. You cannot legislate morality as it has been shown with both the prohibition of marijuana and alcohol. The prohibition of marijuana has slowed the study of a useful agricultural and medicinal plant.
It is fiscally and socially irresponsible to continue the failed prohibition of marijuana.
Now for the closing arguement.
Marijuana has a wide range of effects specially on cardiopulmonary and mental health. Many like you have called for marijuana legalizationto treat conditions like pain and nausea caused by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions, but clinical evidence has not shown therapeutic benifits of marijuana plant outweigh its health risks. As marijuana plant contains hundreds of chemical compounds that may have different effects and because marijuana plant is typically ingested via smoking, its use as a medicine is difficult to evaluate. Contrary to FDA marijuana is addictive. Estimated results shows that about 9% of users are addictive and which jas increased among young users of 17years toabout 19% and who use marijuana daily to 20-25%. Research shows that marijuana causes problems in daily life and make existing problems worse. Heavy marijuana users report lower life satisfaction, poorer physical and mental health, more relationships problems and decrease in academic and carrier success. Thank you. Nice debating with you.
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Vote Placed by SebUK 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro proved that there is a wide variety of benefits to Marijuana legalisation while Con stuck to health which is not a researched enough area, Pro also used better sources.
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