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Marijuana should be made legal in the U.S.

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Started: 12/11/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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codysr

Pro

Marijuana law enforcement is costing the U.S. an estimated $7.7 billion per year (Edwards, 2012). The drug is less harmful than tobacco (which has no health benefit, and is addictive) and alcohol (on which abusers can become physically dependant). Furthermore, tax revenue around $6 billion a year can be produced if taxed like alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana has proved to be effective at treat several medical conditions, and legalization will make it available for use at a reduced cost. An added benefit is the product that is removed from smugglers and drug dealers.
Depth_Valor

Con

I accept. Marijuana may be helpful in some ways but it should not be legalized. Marijuana is a highly addictive drug. Even when it is legalized average marijuana smokers will spend about 650$ on weed a year.

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The same problem exists with cigarettes and alcohol. This 650$ a year could be saved and put towards your child's education or could be used for food. The fact that it is an addiction will make consumers spend even more money they don't have on the product.
Debate Round No. 1
codysr

Pro

codysr forfeited this round.
Depth_Valor

Con

Well my opponent has forfeited the round, therefore I have nothing to argue against. Vote con.
Debate Round No. 2
codysr

Pro

Many Americans want marijuana legalized. It's their choice if they wish to use it. More jobs would be produced, tax revenue will increase, and money spent on law enforcement would be cut. It's not worth the money and effort to continue enforcing prohibition when the U.S. can benefit tremendously on it's legalization. The responsibility lies in the hands of the American people that wish to use it. It will have the same restrictions as alcohol. Why continue spending billions on law enforcement when the pros of legalization outweigh the cons?
Depth_Valor

Con

Depth_Valor forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Shootzilla 3 years ago
Shootzilla
Colorado and Washington legalized it and nothing bad happened, in fact the revenue in taxes is actually helping those states out A LOT and you cannot deny that. There would be no harm in doing it to the rest of the country.
Posted by briangle 3 years ago
briangle
can't believe anyone would even debate this. i think a list should be started of all the people who are against legalization so we can laugh at them all in 10 years.
Posted by Shootzilla 3 years ago
Shootzilla
Marijuana is in fact not physically addictive in the slightest and any real science will tell you that. Marijuana is only psychologically addictive and it is way easier to quit pot than it is to quit cigarettes or alcohol so are you saying those should be illegal too? If anything marijuana is a much healthier "addiction" as opposed to alcohol, cigarettes and even most prescription drugs so why shouldn't it be an option over alcohol or tabacco?
Posted by Shootzilla 3 years ago
Shootzilla
Marijuana is in fact not physically addictive in the slightest and any real science will tell you that. Marijuana is only psychologically addictive and it is way easier to quit pot than it is to quit cigarettes or alcohol so are you saying those should be illegal too? If anything marijuana is a much healthier "addiction" as opposed to alcohol, cigarettes and even most prescription drugs so why shouldn't it be an option over alcohol or tabacco?
Posted by NarcissisticOverthinker 3 years ago
NarcissisticOverthinker
legal for who? everyone? even babies? poorly formed resolution.
Posted by heather2424 3 years ago
heather2424
id contend but i agree with your statements too much
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