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Marijuana should stay illegal.

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Started: 9/7/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 month ago Status: Debating Period
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I believe that marijuana should stay illegal. The reason that I believe in keeping the drug illegal is that it is such a health hazard. If we let weed become legal then we will have many people that have major health problems. Some side effects of this dangerous drug are:


Sensory distortion
Poor coordination of movement
Lowered reaction time
After an initial "up," the user feels sleepy or depressed
Increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack)


Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)
Suppression of the immune system
Growth disorders
Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
Reduction of male sex hormones
Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent
Reduced sexual capacity
Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information
Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
Personality and mood changes
Inability to understand things clearly

Also, cannabis can lower your intelligence quotient.

"A study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities did not fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults."

As I hope this has proved to you, the legalization of cannabis would not be a good thing for this world.


While it is true that marijuana is toxic and unhealthy, it should not be up to the government to restrict it. Historically speaking, restricting drug use has always ended up making the problem, much much worse.

It gave power to the drug cartels. People died for no reason.

It caused non-violent drug offenders to get 10-year sentences, which is absolutely ridiculous considering that they weren't hurting anyone but themselves. They should get HELP, not PRISON. Prison made these people into unproductive members of society, doing nothing but sit all day while our tax dollars went to pay for them.

It ruined their lives. Instead of HELPING them, shaping them into more functioning people, we only made the problem worse.

Not only that, but the DEA is just flat out inneffective when it comes to stopping drug traffic. They have 1% efficiency rate, which is not helping anyone in the slightest.

Here's a great video by Kurzgesagt " In a Nutshell describing the exact problem with the war on drugs.

To top it all of, their is a much more common, more harmful drug that is completely legal to buy. That would be alchol, which is considered socially acceptable almost everywere.
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Posted by Abz1991 1 month ago
Drugs should definitely be legal, the ban on drugs is politically driven. In the US prisons are controlled by private firms, the government has to achieve a certain quota of prisoners and as such incarceration rates are driven not by crimes but by the need to fill empty prison cells and drugs provide a perfect excuse. For example nicotine and tobacco, nicotine is an extremely addictive substance but because the sale of tobacco can be taxed it is not made illegal. Many countries have legalised drugs and have found that the actual use of drugs has reduced, there is also less burden on prisons and more help for people who are taking drugs and want to stop. There should be restriction like you have for cigarettes and alcohol but an outright ban is ridiculous.
Posted by canis 1 month ago
Well. Then you are supporting crime and the economi that this drug produces on one side. And waste a lot of "public" money fighting it, on the other side.
Posted by TheProAtheist 1 month ago
I sincerely hope you are kidding. That is extremely immoral. Killing someone just for using drugs is ridiculous. It is senseless murder. Non-violent drug offenders are hurting NOBODY but themselves. Drug dealers should be prosecuted, given a fair trial, etc. Innocent until proven guilty.
Posted by canis 1 month ago
Then we should do what they do in the Philiphines..Shoot every user and dealer at first sight...Otherwise we just support the criminals...
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