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strilling7
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francoisxavier.kaeppelin
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Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol (to yourself and others)

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Started: 7/29/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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strilling7

Pro

Marijuana causes less deaths and is less detrimental towards personal health, compared to alcohol.

Would appreciate an opponent to debate.
francoisxavier.kaeppelin

Con

I will accept this debate as a personal challenge from someone who is from Washington, one of the two states that has legalized the use of recreational marijuana as well as medical marijuana, the other being Colorado.

I will be arguing against the statement that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol.
Debate Round No. 1
strilling7

Pro

Pro thanks Con for accepting the debate.

It makes it interesting to debate someone from one of the states where marijuana is legalized. I happen to be from New Jersey, so it is not legalized here yet. Sorry for the personal information, now to the debate.

My first point in this argument is solely about the deaths each drug causes.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 80,000 deaths are related to the over-consumption of alcohol (not drunk driving accidents, but binge drinking) each year in the U.S. On average, the deaths cause a loss of about 30 years of each individual's life. You can't possibly argue that that is not a significant amount of life lost. In doing the math, (80,000 x 30) that's approximately 2,400,000 years of life lost EVERY YEAR in the U.S. as a result of binge drinking alone. (1)
Marijuana has no overdose-related deaths, and does not have nearly as many driving related deaths as alcohol.

In 2010, alcohol accounted for 31% of all traffic-related deaths (10,228), while ALL other drugs accounted for 18% and were usually paired with alcohol (2). Even under the premise that both impair your ability to drive equally, people high off marijuana seem to keep off the road, something that drunk drivers seem incapable of. To argue that marijuana is not safe because it impairs your ability to drive would also be an argument against alcohol and most prescription drugs.

Long-term use of alcohol can result in:
Dementia
Strokes
Neuropathy
Myocardial Infarction
Cardiomyopathy
Atrial Fibrillation
Hypertension
Depression
Anxiety
Cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breasts
Alcoholic Hepatitis
Cirrhosis (#15 in deaths in the US)
Pancreatitis
and Gastritis
(1)

Marijuana has not been directly linked to any diseases.

I will now allow Con to provide a counter-argument.

Sources:
(1) http://www.cdc.gov...
(2) http://www.cdc.gov...
francoisxavier.kaeppelin

Con

My opponent has pointed out that alcohol kills less people than marijuana does and it is true. However, marijuana is used by a smaller population because it is still illegal in most parts of the world"

My friend used to have an entire pillowcase full of marijuana in the UK (it"s still illegal there) when we were in boarding school together and when he smoked marijuana for a month (short-term), he began to become anorexic and pale and started to tremble. You could die of marijuana overdose, even though it is very rare, but people who abuse marijuana, in fact, die of other causes such as (in the case of my friend) anorexia, sudden high blood pressure, heart attacks, seizures, strokes and cardiac arrest. If marijuana doesn't kill you, then it could make your life difficult. In addition to that, marijuana can cause short-term reduction of sperm reproduction.

Marijuana is dangerous in high schools and colleges because many teenagers and early 20 year olds think that smoking is cool (which in my opinion it isn't) so when their friends start smoking marijuana, then they start smoking marijuana (usually medical so they don"t get into trouble) then it spreads around the school and so on. In the later years of high school or college, marijuana usually leads to harder drugs such as cocaine, heroin and the rest. Once people start taking the harder drugs, they will have a very tough time trying to get off it.

Alcohol is a different ball game, it is legal in most parts of the world and it is not a gateway to anything else than can kill you.
Debate Round No. 2
strilling7

Pro

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francoisxavier.kaeppelin

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
strilling7

Pro

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francoisxavier.kaeppelin

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
strilling7

Pro

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francoisxavier.kaeppelin

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Mrparkers 3 years ago
Mrparkers
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Reasons for voting decision: Just my two cents - its nearly impossible to compare the two because one of them is illegal and one is not. Thus, there are more alcohol users than marijuana users, so of course its going to seem like alcohol is worse.