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Marijuana should be legalized for recreation use

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Started: 7/21/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
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Hello and thank you for joining my debate I will be arguing in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

This is how the debate will be layed out:

1st round: Acceptence only (anything more will be an automatic forfeit)!
2nd round: Opening argument / statement
3rd round: first round of counterarguments
4th round: Final counterarguments and closeing statement

Any violation to the setup will result in an automatic forfeit.


Hello, I am very sorry if I make any mistakes because this is the first time I've ever had a debate. I gladly except your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1


(It is okay, you need to learn sometime. Welcome to the site by the way! You are sure to enjoy it).

1. Logic: We already have far more dangerous drugs such as Tobacco and Alcohol legalized. Did you know that it is NOT POSSIBLE to consume a marijuana overdose? It, however, IS POSSIBLE to consume a dangerous alcohol or tobacco overdose. And if those two drugs are legalized and are more dangerous, and marijuana is banned, what kind of logic is that? If marijuana is not legal then neither should be many other drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana and are legal anyway.

2. Profit: When you buy a product, there will be a tax - we all know that. So if people are allowed to buy this substance, of course there will be a tax on it. The government will gain profit and BENEFIT from this legalization - it is a win-win for everyone!

3. Choice: We all have the freedom of choice, weither it is to take a shot, smoke a cigarette, or make a huge decision. We all know that Marijuana is dangerous - we all get it, drugs are bad (and so are tobacco and alcohol); but we should let people have the CHOICE if they want to consume such substances or not. After all, we are in the United States of America; and isint FREEDOM what being an American citizen is all about?

4. Prisons: Check out this data table:
US Arrests As Reported By FBI UCR Program
Year Total Arrests Total Drug Arrests Total Marijuana Arrests Marijuana Trafficking/Sale Arrests Marijuana Possession Arrests Total Violent Crime Arrests Total Property Crime Arrests
2012 12,196,959 1,552,432 749,825 91,593 658,231 521,196 1,646,212
2011 12,408,899 1,531,251 757,969 94,937 663,032 534,704 1,639,883
2010 13,120,947 1,638,846 853,839 103,247 750,591 552,077 1,643,962
2009 13,687,241 1,663,582 858,408 99,815 758,593 581,765 1,728,285
2008 14,005,615 1,702,537 847,863 93,640 754,224 594,911 1,687,345
2007 14,209,365 1,841,182 872,720 97,583 775,137 597,447 1,610,088
2006 14,380,370 1,889,810 829,627 90,711 738,916 611,523 1,540,297
2005 14,094,186 1,846,351 786,545 90,471 696,074 603,503 1,609,327
2004 13,938,071 1,746,570 773,731 87,329 686,402 586,558 1,644,197
2003 13,639,479 1,678,192 755,186 92,300 662,886 597,026 1,605,127
2002 13,741,438 1,538,813 697,082 83,096 613,986 620,510 1,613,954
2001 13,699,254 1,586,902 723,628 82,519 641,109 627,132 1,618,465
2000 13,980,297 1,579,566 734,497 88,455 646,042 625,132 1,620,928
1999 14,355,600 1,557,100 716,266 85,641 630,626 644,770 1,676,100
1998 14,528,300 1,559,100 682,885 84,191 598,694 675,900 1,805,600
1997 15,284,300 1,583,600 695,201 88,682 606,519 717,750 2,015,600
1996 15,168,100 1,506,200 641,642 94,891 546,751 729,900 2,045,600
1995 15,119,800 1,476,100 588,964 85,614 503,350 796,250 2,128,600
1990 14,195,100 1,089,500 326,850 66,460 260,390 705,500 2,217,800
1980 10,441,000 580,900 401,982 63,318 338,664 475,160 1,863,300


236,438,421 28,002,034 12,318,682 1,549,101 11,427,813 10,421,804 28,750,970
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As you can see, many people are being arrested for possesion of marijuana which is a NONVIOLENT crime. Isint prison a place for people who commited violent crimes? Why are we putting people in jail for doing something that is only going to be harmful for themselves in the long run - and not for innocent bystanders?

I rest my case for now and I am looking forward to your follow-up arguments ~ Sara :)

Evidence citations:



(I sincerely thank you for the warm welcome)

1. Marijuana heavily reduces productivity

Marijuana is known to contain substances that effect your endocanibinoid system, and this is a wildcard effect as it works differently depending on the person. Either way it has a drastic effect on the person's perception as well as brain activity

2. Addictiveness

The constant bombardment on the brain already leads to an addiction and to maximise profits the companies that will produce the Marijuana will attempt to make it more addictive by adding substances like nicotine, a practice that is common in cigarettes

This also makes it more difficult to give it up.

3. Short term and long term effects

Combine the two factors above and the result is a disaster. The companies that will manufacture the marijuana cigarettes will attempt to make it as addictive as possible, after all it is a business and they wouldn't really care about the victims. The addictiveness will require the smoker to smoke it in a manner to cigarettes I.e at different intervals. This would result in a drastically lower productivity rate overall because of the impact on the cognitive functions. This would eventually breed a cycle of unemployment and crime as no company wants unproductive employees, this increase of unemployment would eventually cause crime to spike which leads into an important point, it might temporarily increase the economy for a short while but eventually it will start to weaken due to the increase of unemployment created by it

5. Various Strains

I can't deny the fact that there are many types of marijuana, and some might improve productivity, but keep in mind that it will still reduce cognitive capabilities in the long run

They noted that those who smoke more than 33 joints a week lost around 4 IQ points, the average smoker smokes up to 13 cigarettes a day, imagine the effects of smoking 81 joints a week.

In conclusion one can see that the long term effects are more prominent than say tobacco, it is in this reasoning that marijuana remains illegal as the government is protecting everyone else.

Sincerely Pete
I await your response
Debate Round No. 2


1st round of counterarguments:

Rebuttal for productivity: (wikipedia is not a reliable source by the way) there are many health uses for marijuana - it is actually not a bad drug for you if you use it in moderation. Here are some health benefits of using marijuana: It can be used to treat Glaucoma, It may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health, It can help control epileptic seizures, It also decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet's Syndrome, A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer from spreading, It may decrease anxiety, THC slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease, The drug eases the pain of multiple sclerosis, Other types of muscle spasms could be helped too, It lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness. Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases, It relieves arthritis discomfort, It keeps you skinny and helps your metabolism, It improves the symptoms of Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, While not really a health benefit, marijuana spurs creativity in the brain, Marijuana might be able to help with Crohn's disease, Pot soothes tremors for people with Parkinson's disease, Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD, Marijuana protects the brain after a stroke, It might protect the brain from concussions and trauma, It can help eliminate nightmares, Weed reduces some of the awful pain and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite, Marijuana can help people trying to cut back on drinking. ~BuisnessInsider.

Rebuttal for adictiveness: Your claim is simply not true - it is very unlikely to be addicted, "although marijuana may be addictive for some, 91 percent of those who try it do not get hooked. Further, marijuana is less addictive than many other legal and illegal drugs." ~scientificamerican

Rebuttal for short and long term effects: If it is so addictive, then how come only 9% of people who try it get addicted? You are rambling on assumptions that you made based souly on your OPINION. Next round, please use evidence to back up your claim - it will then be a more reliable argument.

Rebuttal for Various Strains: It won't though - as I have stated before, there are so many health and long-term benefits of marijuana, they outweigh the risks. Anything can be harmful if used very often - even drugs that are suppost to HELP you; and thank you for further proving my point with productivity.

Reuttal for smoking joints: Actually, marijuana INCREASED USERS IQ. Here is a study: "Here’s how the study was done: A group of young, middle-class adults was assembled, consisting of non-tokers, light pot smokers, and heavy users. Light users were those who smoked less than five joints a week, heavy users toked an average of 33 joints each week. Researchers used urine samples to confirm marijuana use or abstinence. veryone in the study had been subjected to IQ tests between the ages of nine and twelve. They subjected this crew to follow-up IQ tests to see how their lifetime use of marijuana might have affected their IQ. They found that the non-smokers IQ’s stayed the same or went up slightly. The light smokers had an average IQ increase of five points, more than the non-smokers. That’s right. People who smoked weed moderately experience and increase in their IQ scores by 5 points compared to people who didn’t smoke weed." ~spiritscienceandmetaphysics



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Debate Round No. 3


Automatic win - vote PRO!


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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by sara_ann_dee 1 year ago
Good job man!
Posted by Gogert777 1 year ago
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Vote Placed by TheJuniorVarsityNovice 1 year ago
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