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Marijuana Should be Legalized in the USA

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/13/2009 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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TheTruthShallSetYouFree

Pro

I believe marijuana use should be legalized in the USA for many different reasons:
1) Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana.
2) A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce marijuana sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market.
3) Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol. It is established scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible, and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. It is unfair and unjust to treat marijuana users more harshly under the law than the users of alcohol or tobacco.
4) Marijuana use has positive attributes, such as its medical value and use as a recreational drug with relatively mild side effects. Many people use marijuana because they have made an informed decision that it is good for them, especially Americans suffering from a variety of serious ailments. Marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea, spasticity, and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with conventional medications. Many American adults prefer marijuana to the use of alcohol as a mild and moderate way to relax. Americans use marijuana because they choose to, and one of the reasons for that choice is their personal observation that the drug has a relatively low dependence liability and easy-to-manage side effects.
Epicism

Con

There are over 10,000 scientific studies that prove marijuana is a harmful addictive drug. There is not one reliable study that demonstrates marijuana has any medical value.

Marijuana is an unstable mixture of more than 425 chemicals that convert to thousands when smoked. Many of these chemicals are toxic, psychoactive chemicals which are largely unstudied and appear in uncontrolled strengths.

The harmful consequences of smoking marijuana include, but are not limited to the following: premature cancer, addiction, coordination and perception impairment, a number of mental disorders including depression, hostility and increased aggresiveness, general apathy, memory loss, reproductive disabilities, and impairment to the immune system.

The Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service have rejected smoking crude marijuana as a medicine. Medical marijuana has been promoted for "compassionate use" to assist people with cancer, AIDS and glaucoma. Scientific studies show the opposite is true; marijuana is damaging to individuals with these illnesses. In fact, people suffering with AIDS and glaucoma are being used unfairly by groups whose real agenda is to legalize marijuana.

AIDS: Scientific studies indicate marijuana damages the immune system, causing further peril to already weakened immune systems. HIV-positive marijuana smokers progress to full-blown AIDS twice as fast as non-smokers and have an increased incidence of bacterial pneumonia.

Cancer: Marijuana contains many cancer-causing substances, many of which are present in higher concentrations in marijuana than in tobacco.

Glaucoma: Marijuana does not prevent blindness due to glaucoma.

Marijuana is currently up to 25 times more potent than it was in the 1960's, making the drug even more addictive.

Major medical and health organizations, as well as the vast majority of nationally recognized expert medical doctors, scientists and researchers, have concluded that smoking marijuana is not a safe and effective medicine. These organizations include: the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, National Sclerosis Association, the American Glaucoma Association, American Academy of Opthalmology, National Eye Institute, and the National Cancer Institute.

In 1994, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana should remain a Schedule I drug: highly addictive with no medical usefulness. The court noted that the pro-marijuana physicians had relied on non-scientific evidence.

Pro states marijuana is safer than alcohol, but legalizing marijuana would add a third drug that combines some of the most serious risks of alcohol AND tobacco making it twice as dangerous. Marijuana offers both the intoxicating effects of alcohol and the long-term lung damage of tobacco.

Also legalizaation has never been proved to actually reduce teen sales, only minor wavering.

When you state legal in the USA, you mean the USFG should support it?

I offer a source proving my points; http://www.usdoj.gov...

Thank you for opening this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
TheTruthShallSetYouFree

Pro

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Epicism

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Debate Round No. 2
TheTruthShallSetYouFree

Pro

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Epicism

Con

Sorry was gone the past week..

Since there has been no rebutals made by my opponent, extend my points.

Heres the voter list;
You can't vote Pro because

He concedes that marijuana has no medicinal attributes whatsoever,

They do more harm than they could ever do good, such as the speeding up of AIDS

Marijuana has been proven not to prevent blindness to glaucoma,

"Major medical and health organizations, as well as the vast majority of nationally recognized expert medical doctors, scientists and researchers, have concluded that smoking marijuana is not a safe and effective medicine."

"In 1994, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana should remain a Schedule I drug: highly addictive with no medical usefulness. The court noted that the pro-marijuana physicians had relied on non-scientific evidence."

"Pro states marijuana is safer than alcohol, but legalizing marijuana would add a third drug that combines some of the most serious risks of alcohol AND tobacco making it twice as dangerous. Marijuana offers both the intoxicating effects of alcohol and the long-term lung damage of tobacco."

"Also legalizaation has never been proved to actually reduce teen sales, only minor wavering."

"I offer a source proving my points; http://www.usdoj.gov...;

I have taken out all of the advatages, with no rebutals on the Pro side. Please vote Con.

Thank You!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
"The Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service"

AKA: The Government...

I gave every point to CON... though I don't really have much of an opinion on this...
Posted by Epicism 7 years ago
Epicism
This must be on the bottom of the voting period list lol..
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