Should all drugs be legalized?
Debate Rounds (4)
In the first round we will state three of our reason why all drugs should or shouldn't be legalized.
In the second round we will argue about our first reason with statistics and all
In the third round you will argue your second reason
In the fourth round you will argue your last reason and give your final statement.
Pro has contested that all drugs should be legalized. By legalized, I'm going to assume that she means that all drugs should be made readily available with little or no restriction other than perhaps an minimum age limit, with either no tax or a non obstructive tax.
My first reason for apposing legalization of all drugs is that the unrestricted use of certain drugs is inherently harmful to the health of society. That is to say that there are some drugs that are impossible to use [without medical supervision] that can directly interfere with the health of other individuals.
My second reason for apposing the legalization of all drugs is that there are some drugs that cause an inherent harm to society through indirect means. That is to say that while such drugs do not inherently force people to cause harm to others, their use facilitates harmful actions that have severe repercussions for both the users of drugs and parties not involved in drug use. This results in an overall net negative effect on the health and happiness of society in comparison to alternative solutions to blanket legalization.
My third reason for apposing the legalization of all drugs is that legalization would cause significant drug tourism and immigration of drug addicts into the United States, forcing the United States to subsidize and exacerbate the negative consequences of drug use for the rest of the world, as well as fueling international drug trafficking in places where drug use remains illegal.
My second reason why drugs should be legalized is that many problems would be solved. For example:
Black market on drugs
Finally my third reason why drugs should legalized is that although drugs are illegal doesn't mean that they are not easy to get it. what I'm saying is that it doesn't reduce their availability. That's why the black market exists.
Through common sense legislation, we have been able to significantly limit the abuse and misuse of antibiotics/antivirals. Unfortunately there is still some black market pockets of sales, but increasing availability of health care and education is a far better tool than blanket legalization and unregulated consumption, as even in a situation where it may be appropriate to prescribe such a drug, a user without medical knowledge would likely still cause both themselves and others more harm than good. 
Unlike most other drugs, the legalization of antibiotics would pose a direct threat to the individuals other than those who take them. Even under a stringent libertarian ideology, the misuse of antibiotics would clearly be a violation of the rights of others, as they can effectively turn the user into a walking biological weapon, autonomously generating new strains of bacteria and viruses which are resistant to contemporary medicine. These are two clear examples of classes of drugs which should not be legalized [antivirals and antibiotics]. Therefore, not all drugs should be legalized.
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My second reason why drugs should be legalized is that many problems such as overcrowded prisons, drug war, black market,etc; would be solved. Let's start with overcrowded prisons, a lot of the people in prisons are there because of drug possession, how does possessing drugs make someone a dangerous person, maybe they are addicts, but the solution is not to send them to prison, the solution could beto send them to rehabilitation. As soon as those addicts leave prison they will go strait back to consuming drugs, at least most of them. If you send them to rehabilitation they may change their mind and stop consuming drugs,maybe not all of them, but the probabilities of an addict coming back from prison and going back to consuming is higher than an addict coming back from rehabilitation.
One of the other problems t would solve is black market. Now a days if someone want drugs they just go to the black market and get some. Now if drugs were legalized that black market would end and people won't be in danger just for satifying an addiction.
Another problem that would be solved would be the Drug war. The government is investing and wasting too much money in ending the war against drug trafficking when they just could legalize drugs and PUFF, illegal drug trafficking will end. BYE BYE DRUG WAR.
There are many problems caused by the prohibition of drugs and I just mentioned a few of them. I don't understand why the government just doesn't legalize drugs and end some of this problems, it may take time, but at least is better than this problems increasing and doing more harm to our society.
In a Youth Risk Behavior survey students from 9-12 grade, were asked if they had ever been offered, sold or given drugs on school property on the 12 months before the survey was being made. On 2003 29 percent of those students reported that they had been offered, sold and/or given drugs in school property. That means that drugs are everywhere and I believe that if drugs are legalized that the availability to drugs would be limited and it would be easier for the government to prevent students getting involved with dangerous people like drug dealers.
So my final statement is that drugs should be legalized because it would solve a lot of issues like the ones I mentioned before. Drugs also should be legalized because the government could gain profit that could be invested in solving drug abuse and addiction. My final reason why drugs should be legalized is that just because drugs are illegal doesn't mean people don't have access to them and won't consume them. I am totally in favor for the legalization of drugs and not because I consume them nor like people consuming them either.
I wish good luck to my opponent.
Lastly, just because some drug laws such as those dealing with marijuana and perhaps some psychedelics may be overly harsh or even wrong does not mean that the baby must be thrown out with the bathwater. Just because children and students are to easily obtain extremely popular and somewhat safe drugs such as Marijuana does not mean that Heroin or crystal meth are as available as alcohol. Again, even assuming that incarceration is not the best defense against drug use, it does not follow that legalization is the only other option. Mandatory treatment, civil fines, or even decriminalization are all policies that do not harm drug users but can still combat the source and supply of these drugs. Even if some drugs should theoretically be legalized, there are plenty of other drugs that clearly should not, including antivirals, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine/crack, and antibiotics. The marketing of these drugs in a modern society is akin to allowing automobile companies sell cars without seat belts or airbags. Even in a completely libertarian society, there is simply no room for antiviral and antibiotic abuse and misuse due to the direct harm caused to society. In short, the only ideology reconcilable with "the complete legalization of drugs" is that of complete anarchy.
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Vote Placed by opr957 6 years ago
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