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chanika99
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SpartanZephyr
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Should countries adopt heavier penalties for drug use and drug trafficking.

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Started: 11/1/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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chanika99

Pro

Countries should adopt heavier penalties so that people will be more aware of the consequences .
SpartanZephyr

Con

I accept your debate.

Death penalties and life-time jail terms are already employed in most countries in the world even for minimal amounts of drug abuse and/or possession, and in all degrees of drug trafficking. What other penalties can possibly be heavier than the aforementioned? Unless you intend to implement torture as an add-on to the already existent punishment, I do not see how a the current punishment is insufficient.

You claim that imposing heavier punishments would result in less people abusing and/or dealing with drugs because the said people would be more aware of the consequences. But doesn't every school and government already time and time again advise the population to not use drugs and inform them of the consequences of doing as such? This would undoubtedly sufficiently educate the population on drugs. By relying upon heavier punishment to prevent a crime instead of relying upon education, is akin to beating a child for playing with fire instead of teaching the said child not to play with fire.
Debate Round No. 1
chanika99

Pro

chanika99 forfeited this round.
SpartanZephyr

Con

As we can see, the illegal drug industry has been nothing short of booming in the past few decades despite international recognition and action towards it. When an offender has been prosecuted, his/her punishments are extremely severe as I have mentioned before. However, the current already heavy punishment seems to not strike fear into the drug abusers and traders as the greed to enter to the "land of joy" and make extreme (illegal)profits overpower the fear and self-preservation of an individual. If the said individual doesn't fear our current penal system, how would implementing even heavier punishments guarantee a drop in drug abuse/trade? If the world truly wants to eradicate the illegal drug industry, handing out triple life-sentences(or even more) to drug kingpins shouldn't be the way. Instead, upgrading the DEA(Drug Enforcement Agency) and other similar agencies or initiating more crackdown on drug plantations would indubitably be more effective at curbing the illegal drug industry.
Debate Round No. 2
chanika99

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chanika99 forfeited this round.
SpartanZephyr

Con

You have forfeited two consecutive rounds of debate. I see no further purpose in continuing. I will however, entertain you if an argument is posed.
Debate Round No. 3
chanika99

Pro

chanika99 forfeited this round.
SpartanZephyr

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
chanika99

Pro

chanika99 forfeited this round.
SpartanZephyr

Con

My argument stands.
Debate Round No. 5
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