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libertyforall
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Sushiweed24
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Marijuana should be decriminalized.

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Started: 1/17/2008 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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libertyforall

Pro

Thirty-five years ago, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse – chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer – recommended Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of pot would no longer be a criminal offense. The Commission concluded: "The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. … It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance."
The Commission recommended, for the first time, that Congress enact a national policy of marijuana ‘decriminalization,' whereby the possession of cannabis for personal use as well as the casual distribution of small amounts of marijuana for little-or-no remuneration would no longer be a criminal offense. Marijuana isn't harmless and the proponents of decriminalization do not claim that it is. However, pot's relative risks to the user and society are less than those of alcohol, and do not warrant the continued arrest of more than 785,000 Americans on marijuana charges every year.
Sushiweed24

Con

Well to start off, legalizing Marijuana can jepordize the education of many kids in public and private schooling. When legalizing Marjiuana many people can get addicted and ruin their chances of potential opportunties of their life. There is no positive side of Marijuana and even medicinal marijuana has no positive effect. Marijuana side effects come from smoking or consuming the drug and marijuana side effects influence the mind and body of the user. Marijuana side effects can be as seemingly innocent as an increased appetite to as life threatening as lung cancer. Increased likelihood for accidents is also one of the marijuana side effects. Studies show that 6 to 11 percent of fatal accidents are contributed to by marijuana side effects. Other external marijuana side effects include legal problems, work and financial problems and troubles at home.
Debate Round No. 1
libertyforall

Pro

Let me first respond to your argument. Smoking marijuana does not make people stupid. It does not destory lives and health. I have been smoking for 2 years and have not seen any effect on my health or thought process. Even if it did, the effects of marijuana are far less worse than those of tabbacco and alcohol. People should be able to chose wether or not they want to hurt their health.

Otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana responsibly are not part of the crime problem, and we must stop treating them like criminals. In 2005, the last year for which we have data, law enforcement arrested over 785,000 persons for marijuana violations. This total far exceeds the total number of arrests for all violent crime combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Surely, our limited law enforcement resources would be better served targeting more serious and violent crimes.

Marijuana decriminalization currently enjoys support from the majority of Americans. According to the latest CNN/Time Magazine poll on the subject, 72% of Americans favor a fine over criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana. According to government statistics, approximately 80 million Americans self-identify as having used cannabis at some point in their lives, and relatively few acknowledge having suffered significant deleterious health effects due to their use. America's public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.
Sushiweed24

Con

If you have been smoking the drug for 2 years and just stop, you will go through withdrawl. I know this because I also have been for a while too, and eventually just quit. After i stopped I nocticed that my grades have been improving and now I am almost an straight A student in Highschool. The NIDA state facts about Marijuana annualy, here are some to take into consideration.

Marijuana has serious harmful effects on the skills required to drive safely: alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time. Marijuana use can make it difficult to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road.

Marijuana may play a role in car accidents. In one study conducted in Memphis, TN, researchers found that, of 150 reckless drivers who were tested for drugs at the arrest scene, 33 percent tested positive for marijuana, and 12 percent tested positive for both marijuana and cocaine. Data have also shown that while smoking marijuana, people show the same lack of coordination on standard "drunk driver" tests as do people who have had too much to drink.

This proves that Marijuana can alter the human brain and cause things to happen when they shouldn't.

Heres antother fact to take into consideration:

Some studies show that when people have smoked large amounts of marijuana for years, the drug takes its toll on mental functions (4). Heavy or daily use of marijuana affects the parts of the brain that control memory, attention, and learning. A working short-term memory is needed to learn and perform tasks that call for more than one or two steps.

Smoking marijuana causes some changes in the brain that are like those caused by cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Scientists are still learning about the many ways that marijuana can affect the brain.
Debate Round No. 2
libertyforall

Pro

Nothing that you have used to defend your stance is fact. You really don't know what your talking. Most of what you have used to defend your argument is a lie. I am going to continue stating the facts.

One fact that surley deserves attention is that in these times of fiscal belt-tightening and tight state budgets, marijuana decriminalization makes good economic sense. For example, a 2002 study conducted by Boston University professor and economist Jeffrey Miron found that decriminalizing marijuana would save Massachusetts law enforcement an estimated $24.3 million. Also, today one in every eight inmates incarcerated for drug crimes is behind bars for pot, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion per year.

I urge everyone to support marijuana decriminalization. It is just common sense. We need to stop calling peacefull marijuana smokers criminals.
Sushiweed24

Con

im going to end this debate with one word because it is a powerful word that will end this debate.

illegal
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Solarman1969 9 years ago
Solarman1969
and furhermore , high schoolers, you should FOCUS ON SCHOOL and SPORTS

I did smoke daily and WAS a merit scholar and DID get into Berkeley EARLY with high SATS and ACTS- but I am a little different

Nontheless, you need to STUDY and get ready for COLLEGE

NOT sit around and smoke DOPE all day long

Duh!

SOLARMAN
Posted by Solarman1969 9 years ago
Solarman1969
DOPE of ALL KINDS should be legalized

Pot is a no brainer

It is a plant and an important one to boot

As a DRUG, it is one of only TWO substances that are essetinally NON TOXIC (LSD is the other)

MILLIONS use weed, and have for THOUSANDS of years

the laws are STUPID and need to GO

REAL CONSERVATIVES and REAL LIBERALS agree with me here

SOLARMAN
Posted by lindsay 9 years ago
lindsay
haha, good one sushiweed. ILLEGAL!!!!! YOU WIN!

haha, not. i'm voting for libertyforall.

illegal is probably the most ironic word you could have chosen, because that's what the WHOLE DEBATE is basically about. sure it's illegal, libertyforall is saying it SHOULDN'T be (or at least making it not as harsh of a crime). that's what you were supposed to DISprove, not just state the current situation.
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