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Methamphetamine should be legalized

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/16/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Caboose

Pro

Hello there. Thank you for responding.

I would like to start by saying that I expect a rich and factual debate from you, and I will to my best to provide the same.

Methamphetamine in the United States would provide three main benefits for lower and middle class Americans that are unparalleled by any other product I have come across:

A.) Methamphetamine is relatively easy to make, and would provide an easy startup business for lower class Americans. Small business fuels the American economy, and if an entirely new industry were to be created on a scale as large as methamphetamine, the economy would skyrocket. Companies would start up with professional grade labs, producing pure, safe batches of the product. These companies would sponsor athletes, make donations to charity, like any other large company.

B.) The product itself would allow people to work long, hard hours to support their families without tiring or feeling boredom.

C.) Methamphetamine would give us an edge in the global market, giving us a highly addictive and lucrative export that would create sustained international trade with the United States.
Chicken

Con

Let's Get Right down to the arguments. First I'll refute my opponents then create a case. (4k char limit)


REFUTATIONS

A.) Meth would create many more problems and leave millions homeless due to it's addictive overhaul upon the brain, forcing millions to buy meth and virtually leaving nothing left to feed or clothe families.

B.)This is COMPLETELY Untrue, Pro fails to specify how a drug that creates flashes and strains upon the brain would help people work longer and better.

C.) This is once again untrue, Mexico and many other South American countries would destroy us in the long run in terms of Meth exporting. [1]

PROS CASE

Pro's Case will essentially cover the cons of Meth, and how the drug itself is counter-productive to society.

1) SIDE EFFECTS-
A- Cardiovascular Effects-Use of Meth leads to a far greater chance of heart failure, chest pains, and hypertension. [2] [3]

B- Psychological Effects- Freqeunt Paranoia, Hallucinations, and symptoms resembling Schizophrenia. Use also leads to a higher risk of suicide and depression[2] [3]

C- Physical Effects- Teeth Grinding, Pupil Dilaton, Respiratory Disorders, Dizziness, Impaired Speech, Itchy Skin. [2] [3]

2) SOCIETAL USE-

A- The Economy- As stated in the refutations, there are no true economic benefits to legalizing and exporting Meth, considering little to no other countries actually use it. Instead, we should consider the economic benefits coming off of the legalization of other drugs such as Cannabis. [4]

B- Productivity in the Workforce- Just looking at the side effects of the drug say it all, there are no true benefits in terms of work. If anything, the workers who use Meth would sooner die of a heart attack or peel off their skin than actually work and do their job effectively.


COUNTERPLAN- Con also upholds a counterplan to solve Pro's problems, and still negate, without legalizing Meth. The Answer, is to legalize Cannabis.

How to achieve the plan- Legalize the possession, ability to buy and sell, and use of Marijuana.

THE COMPETITIVENESS-

The
Economy-

This would create far more jobs in the U.S, decreasing unemployment rates by almost 2% it's first year, a staggering number! On top of that, we would generate $46 million dollars PER STATE (So multiply that by 50) in the first year of sales, and this is not including exports around the world! [5]

Reasoning-

Marijuana would, unlike Meth, not create any sort of addiction, as MJ is not addictive. On top of that, it has none of the side effects listed by Meth (None are proven to be linked to use). Marijuana also REDUCES psychological trauma and head-aches, lowers depression, and can increase energy.This in turn means a more productive and healthier workforce, with no distractions, increasing efficiency. [6]

Gateway Effect-

There IS NO Gateway Effect involved with Marijuana. It's addiction rate is virtually non-existent, and most users that smoke Cannabis do not use other drugs. It's addictive properties are about 1/100,000 of Meth's, and there are no urges involved aside from hunger, also known as the Munchies.

SOURCES


[1] https://www.cia.gov...
[2] http://www.fayettecountysheriff.com...
[3] http://www.pbs.org...
[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
[5] http://www.policymic.com...
[6] http://www.medicalmarijuanastrains.com...;
[7] http://www.askmen.com...
VOTE CON
Debate Round No. 1
Caboose

Pro

Caboose forfeited this round.
Chicken

Con

Opponent has Forfeited, extend all arguments... I will give him the next round to post his arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
Caboose

Pro

Caboose forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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