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CaesarsSeizures
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Loverboy56
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Should all drugs be legalized?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/2/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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CaesarsSeizures

Pro

All consciousness-altering substances, which I will refer to as drugs, should be legalized immediately.

I hold this view to be true because in a truly free and open society it is the sovereign right of every individual to make decisions regarding his own consciousness. If another entity, especially a government agency, interferes with a person's ability to affect their own consciousness however they please, how can we claim freedom?

I am not suggesting you go pick up a heroin habit. You know already that this is not a wise idea. But the punishment for doing heroin is intrinsic - you don't need to be sent to prison to know what you're doing is bad.

Isn't it interesting that alcohol and cigarettes are legal?
Loverboy56

Con

For drugs to be legalized we are taking the risk of being killed. The drugs could be sold to little kids and they could get really sick and if the drugs are legalized then the drug dealers aren't going on trial to pay for there crime.
Debate Round No. 1
CaesarsSeizures

Pro

My opponent's argument is, "because drugs can kill people, they should be illegal."

If protecting the lives of people is the concern of the state, why are cigarettes and alcohol legal? Alcohol alone is responsible for the large majority of drug-related deaths. Why are dangerous pharmaceutical drugs legal, while harmless and naturally growing plants like marijuana are illegal? It is only reasonable to conclude that the state does not have your safety in mind.

Furthermore, my opponent has not responded to the crux of my argument. Deciding what we do with our own consciousness should be the fundamental right of all sovereign beings. Government's ability to imprison people for harmless crimes like smoking pot is anathema to true freedom.
Loverboy56

Con

Loverboy56 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Loverboy56

Con

Loverboy56 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Aravindhan3 1 year ago
Aravindhan3
One could probably argue that the right to choose right or wrong rests on their own shoulders, true. But when this freedom encroaches on another ones freedom, it no longer is right to call it your right.
While getting into drugs might be your own choice, the people affected by it, including those near and dear to you must be kept in mind.
Posted by alesalvia 1 year ago
alesalvia
I believe drugs should be legalized but should be regulated, or it could fall into the wrong hands.
Posted by TBR 1 year ago
TBR
Heroin is not bad for you physical.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
lannan13
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