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Marijuana legizizaton

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Started: 4/15/2013 Category: Politics
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dovakiin4thera

Pro

Marijuana legalization in America is something that 52% (http://usnews.nbcnews.com...) of the countries population favor, while only 3% of American congress (http://news.yahoo.com...) can say that they side with them. How does this fit into democracy? The American people want something to be legal that A: Is less harmful than tobacco in moderation (http://www.nydailynews.com...)
B: Can be taxed, giving the government money to help with other issues
and C: Obliterate the black market for the drug, which produces it unnaturally and adds just about anything that the dealers want in it.

Point 2:
Last year, over 63 Americans (http://www.alternet.org...) died directly due to this 'drug war'. These deaths are unnessecary and preventable. Not to mention the near countless gangs formed over drugs in America alone. Most gangs exist for the attainment of dominace (them over rivals). This also means that if they can sell more illegal things, like drugs, they will be able to attain more money for more things, like guns things that make them more powerful and dominant over rivals. According to the FBI (http://www.fbi.gov...) over 1.4 million people are involved in violent and powerful gangs whose near main reason for existance is the money obtained in illegal drug trafficing. Should marijuana, even other drugs, be legal, taxed, and grown and created in natural environments in government facilities, AWAY from harmful ingredients added by inexperienced drug dealers, marijuana, among other things, could have the potential to be far less dangerous than tobacco and even alchahol. Not to mention the amount of people ready to purchase it, tax included. With this kind of demand, plus taxes, the economy would have no choice but to go up, as well as the taxes that the government can use to help with all of America's other issues.

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Gondun

Con

I accept this debate.
I strongly believe that marijuana should not be legalized.

In his first point, Pro says that 52% of people are in favor of legalizing marijuana, but this is not a sufficient reason to legalize it. First, 52% is a very slim majority and should not be considered a good reason to act on something. Second, just because the people want something doesn't mean that it is good for them or society. The Pro sites some evidence that says "Researchers found that smoking two to three joints per month isn"t as harmful to lungs as smoking eight to nine cigarettes per day" This does not prove that marijuana is less harmful than tobacco. All this is saying is that 240 cigarettes is worse than 3 joints. This is clearly not a good comparison, and I will show latter on how marijuana is harmful. The Pro also says that marijuana could be a source of tax for the government, but this is not grounds for legalization. Plenty of harmful things could be sold to generate tax, but that does not mean it would be a good idea. Finally, the Pro says that legalizing marijuana would destroy the black market, but this is illogical. That is like saying that legalizing murder would decrease the number of murderers. All it would do is make the activity legal.

On the Pro's second point about how marijuana being legal causes violence, there is nothing to back it up. Pro's first source in this section is talking about the war on drugs in general. If the Pro can find something that specifies marijuana, then this argument is acceptable, but until then the argument is invalid. His second source is also faulty for a similar reason. When talking about gangs, his source says "all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings." Because drug trafficking is only one of the many parts of these gangs, there is no real reason to think that legalizing marijuana will solve the problem.

The main reason that marijuana should not be legalized is the harmful effects it has on the smoker's health. Smoking marijuana, especially at a young age, can have seriously detrimental effects on the smoker's mental capacity. A Science Daily report said that "people who start using marijuana at a young age and those who use the greatest amount of marijuana may be the most cognitively impaired". [1] Smoking marijuana also increases the risk of cancer. Men's Health says that "men who reported smoking pot in the past were twice as likely to have certain types of testicular cancer". [2] Finally, government studies say that "marijuana users generally report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental and physical health, relationship problems, and less academic and career success compared to their peers who came from similar backgrounds". [3] This should be enough reason to keep marijuana illegal.

1. http://www.sciencedaily.com...
2. http://news.menshealth.com...
3. http://www.drugabuse.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
dovakiin4thera

Pro

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Gondun

Con

Well, that wasn't much of a surprise. I don't know why he put such a short time limit on each round.

My arguments stand, vote for me.
Debate Round No. 2
dovakiin4thera

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Gondun

Con

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Con

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