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anusprovoker
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Zak9
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Should Marijuana be legalized?

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anusprovoker
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/17/2011 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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anusprovoker

Pro

I challenge anyone to a debate to whether or not legalizing Marijuana is a good choice. Under these rules:
Round 1- Acceptance
Round 2- Main Case/BOP
Round 3- Rebuttals/Conclusion
Also, no experienced debaters please.
Good luck to the both of us!
Zak9

Con

I accept. Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
anusprovoker

Pro



Thank you,


My main contentions will be


C1: Economy/Government Funding


C2: Health/Alcohol versus Marijuana


C3: Leisure


C1: Economy/Government Funding


Legalizing marijuana would be very helpful to our economy, and would benefit it greatly. How you ask? Well there are many ways. These are the three main ones, which I will be emphasizing on:



  1. Government spends a lot of money on cannabis prohibitions, and on punishing people who are caught selling illegal drugs

  2. If the government sells marijuana, they make money off of it

  3. The War on drugs ends

    1. Currently, the government spends a lot of money on cannabis prohibitions. As a matter of fact, over 1 billion dollars is spent yearly on arresting, prosecuting, and preventing marijuana use (1). If the drug is sold legally, than virtually no money will be spent on prohibitions of marijuana. Also I will mention later in this argument, if the government sells legal marijuana, it will reduce the health risk of marijuana. Many street drugs are laced with harmful chemicals (I will talk more in depth about this later in the debate). Health concerns cost the government. Every year hundreds, even thousands of people are sent to hospitals because marijuana is laced with chemicals such as lead (2).

    2. If marijuana is legalized, than surely the government will sell it. Today, the government puts taxes on tobacco, and they earn over 5.5 billion dollars (3)! Surely, marijuana would collect a similar amount of money, seeing as it is very popular all over the world.

    3. The War on Drugs(4) is a campaign by the United States government and military to prohibit illegal drug trade. Obviously, marijuana isn’t the only drug in this illegal drug trade, but it is definitely a sufficient portion. Currently, the government spends over 15 million dollars on the war on drugs! This is ridiculous. If marijuana were legalized there would definitely be a noticeable decrease in the money spent on this.



All in all, legalizing marijuana cannot do anything but improve our economy. All in all, cannabis prohibitions cost the US government 42 BILLION dollars annually! Clearly, legalizing marijuana can make an improvement in this spending.



C2: Health/Alcohol versus Marijuana



First off, before I mention what legalizing marijuana will do, I will state that marijuana as it is, is not very bad for you. CDC showed a study that between 1996 and 2007, there were only 26 deaths with marijuana as the underlying cause (5). Clearly, marijuana is not that bad for you. As a matter of fact, the ratio of alcohol related death to marijuana related deaths in the past year is 40:1 (6). Also, alcohol is related to violent crimes, whereas marijuana contributes to no, or very little crimes (6). In the long term, alcohol is much worse for you than marijuana is. It kills your brain cells, which is very bad for you.



This comparison may seem irrelevant, but it is not. If alcohol is proven to be more harmful to you, and your surrounding than marijuana, why should it be legal? If alcohol is legal, there is no reason for marijuana not to be. Marijuana has virtually no negative affect on you (6).



A big reason why legalizing marijuana would make it even better for our health is that street drugs are being laced (2). This is when other chemicals are added to drugs, to make them heavier, therefore worth more. A common one is lead. It adds weight to marijuana. Making it heavier. However, this is very harmful to the marijuana user, and it can harm their health in the long run.



If the government sold legalized marijuana, there would be no risk of foreign chemicals laced in the marijuana. Almost 50% of street marijuana is laced with some sort of harmful chemical (6).



C3: Leisure



Regardless of whether it is legalized or not, there will still be people using marijuana. Over 83 million people in the United States over the age of 12 have tried marijuana in their life (7). If people choose to smoke weed, it should be at their own risk, and not a government restriction. You can see how many people smoke marijuana without negative affects, and that is because it is not a negative drug.



Conclusion



Although I still have almost 4,000 characters left to use, I believe I have gotten all my points across. Quality over quantity. Thank you, and vote PRO! Good luck to CON!



Sources


(1) http://www.mjlegal.org...


(2) http://en.wikipedia.org...(drugs)


(3) http://www.nytimes.com...


(4) http://en.wikipedia.org...


(5) http://www.cdc.gov...


(6) http://www.saferchoice.org...


(7) http://www.angelfire.com...





Zak9

Con

Zak9 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
anusprovoker

Pro

Due to my opponent's forfeiting, my argument still stands. Thank you, and remember to vote PRO!
Zak9

Con

Zak9 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Lordknukle 5 years ago
Lordknukle
Seems like a forfeit.
Posted by anusprovoker 5 years ago
anusprovoker
Pro, I want it to be legalized.
Posted by wiploc 5 years ago
wiploc
Which side are you taking?
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Vote Placed by Lordknukle 5 years ago
Lordknukle
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