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Should Colorado have legalized marijuana?

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Started: 5/1/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Shadowhuntress

Con

Round one is acceptance
Round two is arguments
Round three is rebuttal and closure.
SkepticalDebatee

Pro

I accept.

Colorado should've legalized marijuana.
Debate Round No. 1
Shadowhuntress

Con

I believe Colorado had no right to legalize marijuana because it is still illegal on a federal scale. Federal law is law for the entire nation, not just 49 states. Also, it will effect many by accident. Chocolate candies with the drug inside are being sold and as a teen, I find it worry some that I may be eating something that I was unaware I was eating that will affect my health. I personally believe that Colorado should not have legalized something that is federally illegal
SkepticalDebatee

Pro

There is no reason for marijuana not to be legalized.

Firstly, marijuana is not harmful to health. [1] There are even cases when it can be good for your health. [2] Since there are no actual problems caused by pot it can e considered Colorado's duty to legalize marijuana, as the majority of the state desired it to be legalized.

Secondly, while it is still technically illegal according to national law, the federal government has officially stated it would not challenge Colorado's decision. [3]

I will now provide more evidence that legalizing marijuana is the ethical thing for all states to do. It will likely reduce the sale of alcohol. [4] Alcohol, of course, is terrible for the body and causes lots of crime. [5] The fact that alcohol and tobacco is legal, but not pot is disturbing in itself. A government should either regulate our health or not. Only when something can cause harm to others that didn't get involved should something be banned, making this doubly ironic. [6]

It also brings in a lot of tax dollars, and would dramatically decrease taxes spent on policing and imprisoning for consumption or selling of a harmless drug. [7] Not to mention that people being imprisoned for marijuana use or selling, especially on the scale that it is, is just sick and twisted.[8]

1. (http://healthland.time.com...) (http://healthland.time.com...)
2. http://www.policymic.com...
3. http://www.usatoday.com...
4. http://dish.andrewsullivan.com...
5. http://www.theguardian.com...
6. http://www.alternet.org...
7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
8. http://www.thefix.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Shadowhuntress

Con

While there are cases it helps your health, this is a case by case kind of thing. Like marijuana, alcohol only causes problems when misused.
Marijuana cam cause problems if someone crosses over the Colorado border with it, as it is not legal in all states. (http://www.denverpost.com...). Also, there have been two marijuana related deaths since Jan 2014. (http://www.cbsnews.com...) Fatal car crashes involving drugged driving have tripled in Washington which has also legalized (http://downtrend.com...)
SkepticalDebatee

Pro

I already covered the first argument in Cons case in mine so I'll skip right to the second.

Unknowingly consuming a drug is something that already happens, and it is still illegal to give someone a drug without them knowing.[1] Since my opponent failed to provide evidence that this problem will increase, the point is moot.

Generally speaking no new arguments are posted in the last round, but seeing as Con started the debate I will accept them, and provide a rebuttal. (While keeping from making new arguments myself.)

"Marijuana cam cause problems if someone crosses over the Colorado border with it, as it is not legal in all states." Umm... OK. Remember that this is still illegal and can be punished. So even if marijuana was a problem, and I will show that your next two arguments don't prove it is, this isn't a very compelling case.

"there have been two marijuana related deaths since Jan 2014." In the article it states that the first person wasn't following the instructions of the person who sold him the marijuana, and the second one is still being looked in to. [2] Not that this matters, as you didn't attack my argument that legal marijuana will reduce sales of alcohol, conceding with it. Two standalone cases can't compare to alcohols effect.

"Fatal car crashes involving drugged driving have tripled in Washington which has also legalized" Legalized what? Also if you had read the article you would know that the cases tripled long before Washington legalized marijuana, making this whole sentence silly. [3] The biggest problem with this argument is that traces of marijuana can last in your system for up to 30 days. [4] These statistics can't be seen as honest because of this.

My opponent has dropped all of my cases, except for the one stating it does not have negative effects for which their evidence was problematic, and I have refuted all of my opponents claims. Therefore, I urge a Pro ballot.

1. http://www.denverpost.com...
2. http://www.cbsnews.com...
3. http://downtrend.com...
4. http://www.theweedblog.com...
Debate Round No. 3
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