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The-Batman
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Marijuana should be legal

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Started: 3/4/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SebUK

Pro

Round 1 is stricly for acceptance and please no rebuttal in Round 2 , Round 2 is for explaining your views, Don't accept if you joined a day or a few days ago because than i cannot be sure that you don't forget about this debate.
The-Batman

Con

ok, I except the challenge and will post my second argument as soon as you do.
Debate Round No. 1
SebUK

Pro

Before talking about my views i would like to say sorry but my computer prevents me to space the paragraphs ... Right lets get this thing going on i will explain my main arguments for legalization and i hope my opponent will do so aswell in his turn . 1.Prohibition failed For over 75 years the government has used criminal penalties to stop people from using cannabis yet cannabis is currently the largest cash crop in the United States, and marijuana is grown all over the planet , millions of people smoke it and never have any serious health problems because of it even the thought that cannabis prohibition is a good way to stop people from smoking it is as radicilous as the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion and is un-supported by facts and statistics which have shown that since the war on drugs started more and more people use drugs. My possible explanation is that it gives the people who use it a certain buzz or a thrill because they are doing something that society condems it's like a teenager sneaking out so he can try a cigeratte with his friends. 2.Better Quality and Possibly less use If cannabis was legalized the black cannabis market would mostly collapse because people would start buying from companies that compete against each other , No longer would people have to buy from someone in a dark alley who has no knowledge about business managament and puts stuff into his cannabis to make more profit . Marijuana is illegal therefore this is providing opportunities for teenagers to make easy money selling it to their friends most experts agree if cannabis would be legalized prices would drop down . 3. Hemp We need to change our energy policy we must embrace and promote the development of bio-fuels as an alternative to oil dependency and a way to reduce carbon emissions, it is all the more important to develop industrial hemp as a bio-fuel source . 4.It is not as harmful as legal drugs The propaganda is unbelivable Cannabis no matter what most people say is in fact much less harmful than legal drugs like alcohol and tobbaco the two most popular arguments are that Cannabis causes mental illnesses which is in fact true but quite rare and you would need to use it A LOT to actually get a mental illness from using cannabis oh and of course it is only if you have really bad genes or a family history of mental illneses and Two that Cannabis destroys brain cells which is a total lie, the idea that cannabis can cause brain damage comes from the Heath/Tulane Study of 1974 this study was done on monkies Not only were the monkeys given 63 columbian strength joints in 5 minutes, the smoke was administered through a facial mask with no additional oxygen. As you will find in any CPR or first aid manual 3 to 5 minutes of oxygen depravation will cause brain damage. The monkeys were suffocating. It was not Cannabis but the Lack of oxygen that caused brain damage no recent study shows that Cannabis has any link to brain damage. No-one has ever died out of Cannabis overdose this makes it one of the safest drugs out there . 5.Prison and Tax money In many places around the world prisons are extremely over crowded, Marijuana arrests make justice more expensive and less efficient we are wasting jail space for serious criminals and we are wasting the time of the police force , If Cannabis was legalized the government would make Millions or even possible Millions from taxing cannabis and hemp companies 6.Cannabis can be benefitual Cannabis is known to help people get through depression and anorexia it is also a way for people to socialize and meet people with similar interests , every day people are 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. What makes it even better is that it has a relatively low dependence liability and easy-to-manage side effects for most people the greatest risk of using marijuana is the relatively low risk of arrest. I now wish my opponent good luck and i await his main arguments against legalization.
The-Batman

Con

Although you have a valid point, people who advocate for the legal use of marijuana do not consider the whole picture. Legalization of marijuana will cause an immediate turf war among drug dealers and the cartels. In order to maintain their profits, with less drugs to sell, they will have to increase their violence. This will lead to more violent crimes. Also, marijuana should not be legal for recreational use in the United States, because there are still more marijuana addicts in the United States than any other type of addict. The marijuana addiction is still treated more than alcohol or any other addiction in treatment centers in the United States. Marijuana should not be legalized, because people become addicted to it, and it is needless.
Debate Round No. 2
SebUK

Pro

'Legalization of marijuana will cause an immediate turf war among drug dealers and the cartels. In order to maintain their profits, with less drugs to sell, they will have to increase their violence. ' There are two things that might happen to illegal drug businesses they will either go bankrupt or they will try to become legal businesses in both cases its a win win situation I think the illegal black market will fall down and some cartels will try to sell drugs legally therefore they could be regulated , they won't fight against each other aggressively they will try to become legal businesses or they will simply go bankrupt in a matter of months ' because there are still more marijuana addicts in the United States than any other type of addict. The marijuana addiction is still treated more than alcohol or any other addiction in treatment centers in the United States. ' If someone does drugs he chooses to do so it is his body why do you think you can tell him what he can consume ? you might aswell ban junk food , yeah there are more marijuana 'addicts' treated , do you know why ? when a teenager or a young adult stands in front of the court for marijuana use he usually has two choices, either go to prison or go to rehab or a similar place most of them choose the second option . Cannabis is not more addictive than alcohol some studies show it's less addictive . http://en.wikipedia.org...(mean_physical_harm_and_mean_dependence)_modified.svg .
The-Batman

Con

The-Batman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
SebUK

Pro

I extend my arguments
The-Batman

Con

Because tobacco and alcohol are legal doesn't mean they should be legal. For instance, the prohibition of alcohol was a complete failure because it was already widely used. If we are to legalize weed, surely such extensive use will follow, making it impossible to ever effectively it ever again.

Limiting the use of the drug intrudes on personal freedom.

So is illegalizing murder.

How marijuana effects the world for the worse:

Stoned driving (Not much better than drunk driving)
Child related drug abuse (Children shouldn't do drugs period)
Counter-Culture (Some people don't want to see weed commercials)
Encouraging irresponsibility (Its hard to take anything seriously while stoned)
Debate Round No. 4
SebUK

Pro

'Limiting the use of the drug intrudes on personal freedom.

So is illegalizing murder.' the difference is you harm someone by killing them but you do not harm someone by smoking weed at the privacy of your own home 'Stoned driving (Not much better than drunk driving)' While alcohol causes you to drive faster and affects your judgement a lot , cannabis causes you to drive more slowly and cautiously . 'Child related drug abuse (Children shouldn't do drugs period)' I would like to see evidence for that . 'Counter-Culture (Some people don't want to see weed commercials)' although we never know if such commercials would be allowed , You choose to watch it you don't have to watch the advert . 'Encouraging irresponsibility (Its hard to take anything seriously while stoned)' Not putting people in prison for something is not the same as encouraging it , it is a neutral stance . My opponent hasn't given me any other issues to adress .
The-Batman

Con

The-Batman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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