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Marijuana should be legalized for medical and recreational use.

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Started: 2/26/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I will be arguing that marijuana, not necessarily in it's smokeable form should be legal for persons over a yet to be determined age(18-21) for medical and recreational use. Con will argue that it shouldn't be legalized for any age in any form, for any reason. Any source can be used until that source has been proven false or unreliable. Please respect your opponent. Debate can be informal. Con may begin with his or her argument in the first round or accept. Any further rules must be discussed and agreed upon in the comments section. Thank you and good luck.


Hello, my name is dtien and I accept your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1


I just want to say that marijuana, while proven to have some negative side effects, are nothing compared to another recreational drug, alcohol. The side effects of marijuana are often temporary, and can be reduced to none when the drug is no longer in the users system. Marijuana as a medicine is often much safer than the legal counterparts, prescription drugs. Side effects from prescription drugs often include death, organ failure, etc.


Thank you for your input! I look forward to the rest of this debate.

I would like to point out that comparing alcohol to cannabis is futile. It is true that alcohol has more negative side effects, but that doesn't excuse the negative side effects of marijuana. Furthermore, alcohol is only legal today because prohibiting in the 1920's to early 1930's was ineffective and led to crime. Alcohol is not legal today because it is safe, but because banning it has been proven to fail. As one of my sources said, "Millions of families are reeling from the impact of alcohol abuse. One runaway legalized drug abuse problem is more than enough. We don"t need to add another."

To make it clear why marijuana shouldn't be legalized for any ages or any reason, one simply needs to research the side effects of marijuana.

Marijuana use allows toxic chemicals to enter the human body. Researchers still don't even know the side effects of some of these chemicals. When these chemicals are inhaled, lung problems can follow. Marijuana has the worst effect on the mind. Research proves that marijuana use during adolescence and young adulthood can lead to issues with thinking, learning, and memory, as cannabis worsens cognitive performance, sometimes even permanently. Marijuana can also cause attention problems that don't go away. Marijuana can damage the hippocampus, subcortical and prefontal cortexes in ways that could be lasting. Furthermore, cannabis use in young people has been linked with dropping out of high school, dropping out of college, and suicide. Marijuana also puts the user at higher risk for cancer, psychosis (such as schizophrenia, which some people have a genetic disposition towards), strokes, and heart attacks.

For the reasons listed above, the temporary high marijuana provides isn't worth the lifetime of harm it can cause. Have a good day and good luck to Pro!
Debate Round No. 2


You can point out all you want, but the comparison is valid. Both are considered recreational drugs. Marijuana is all natural, and helps with many ailments. It has been prescribed and freely ingested for hundreds of years or more. Not one death has been fully attributed to it at all.
Prohibition of marijuana is comparable to that of alcohol in the early part of 1900s. People are going to do it, regardless of legality, if marijuana was legally available as an option other than alcohol, you would be essentially saving those lives from liver disease, alcoholism, and other short or long term effects of alcohol, in exchange for some slight memory loss, (which is why smart phones come in handy) good sleep, and a surge in sales at local cookie factories. For those states that have yet to legalize, the marijuana market belongs mainly to drug sellers that sell far worse chemicals along with it. Looking at Colorado, where it has become legal, crime rates have dropped, and jobs have been created.

Since the first retail marijuana stores opened 
on January 1st, 2014, the state of Colorado
has benefitted from a decrease in crime rates,
a decrease in traffic fatalities, an increase in
tax revenue and economic output from retail
marijuana sales, and an increase in jobs.

Farmers are finally making a decent living now. Taxation of marijuana has helped build schools, and more. The age requirement helps keep the plant out of underage hands, when drug dealers have no age requirements, and young customers may be tempted to buy more dangerous drugs. The money from these deals usually go to buy guns, etc. Cartels get a lot of business from the black market, which is unavoidable due to the increase in useage, so keeping the sale illegal is ideal to them. The prison industry also gains plenty from prohibition of marijuana, because most people don't want to quit using, regardless of legality, resulting in overcrowded prison populations, most for as little as a single cannabis cigarette. It is for this reason America has the highest percentage of incarcerated people's in the world. Smoking the plant, while far less dangerous than cigarettes, provide the easiest, quickest release of thc, but with legalization, comes more innovative, safer techniques for intake, such as edibles and vaping.
Big pharmacy, which accounts for very serious side effects, will also take a paycut with the legalization of marijuana, which I'd like to point out to our voters you have dropped. Over half of American adults have at least tried marijuana. Over half of Americans at least think it's a good idea to legalize it. It's a creation of nature that has harmless side effects in most people, and to those who feel it dangerous, or decide they would like to keep their short term memory, only need to stay away from the plant. Did you know that the USFG prescribed a few people(and still supply to this day) several marijuana cigarettes every day? They know it has medical significance, even admitting that cannabis cures cancer in question 6 of the q&a section of the .gov link below, which is hypocritical.
Doctors, lawyers, and business owners like myself smoke cannabis on a daily basis. While it's best done in privacy to unwind. Most of America thinks it's a good thing, it makes most people happy with very little dangers, if any. Notice how many time my opponent uses words like "may" or "could" and saying they don't know the long-term effects. We've been using this God given plant for centuries, is it possible that there are no long term effects? If you are scared of it, don't use it. Simple as that, but prohibition is not working right now, and we should learn from the areas that have legalized it, and move forward. Many states would have already done so I'm my opinion, if it weren't for the USFG. The government has a shortage of hackers, some of the smartest men and women on the planet in my honest opinion, because none of the best ones can pass a urinalysis for cannabis. So much for that whole brain killing argument.


dtien400 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Edlvsjd 8 months ago
Posted by dtien400 8 months ago
Edlvsjd, would you agree to a rule against putting forth new arguments in the final round?
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