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Should drugs be legalized

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Started: 8/23/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Quan-Douglas

Pro

Apart from it simply being one's moral right to do drugs as it tangibly effects them and only them, the practical reasons are numerous.

A significant portion of the incarcerated population were imprisoned because of drug related crimes. Each inmate costs the government hence the people money. If drugs were to be legalized and such inmates acquitted, it would lower expenditures dramatically. Furthermore, the main source of income for many crime organizations is drugs. Legalizing drugs would run these organizations out of business as many of them are operated south of the border so a local provider would have a lower price due to a lack of illegal transportation. Because these crime organizations are not local, keeping drugs illegal simply exports billions of dollars to other countries and anyone with half a brain and a simple concept of economics knows this is very bad for a country, especially one in an economic state such as America's.
All these detriments aside, drugs have been illegal for quite some time and they are still a thriving and growing trade. The war on drugs has been a complete and utter failure. At this point, it's simply a waste of resources. The two options we now have are to continue wasting resources, supporting crime, and punishing our citizens when they present no danger to society, or to promote legal growth in a thriving trade, create safer use of drugs as the trade will now be under public scrutiny, lower crime rates tremendously, lower government expenditures tremendously, and to cease exporting money south of the border. The correct choice is quite obvious.
Jimbus

Con

Drugs are not legalized purely for safety reasons. Drugs contain psychoactive chemicals that are lethal. Also, when people get high, they do stupid stuff that could end up hurting them or other people that they are with.

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Debate Round No. 1
Quan-Douglas

Pro

If drugs were legalized then all use would be under public scrutiny. There would be warnings on what is a safe amount to take. Drugs would become dramatically safer. Compare drugs to Tylenol, for example. one can easily overdose on Tylenol and succeed in destroying their liver completely. It is extremely rare that anyone does, however, because it is in the companies best interest to keep it's users alive so they specify on the bottle what is a safe amount to take, what not to take it with, etc. Similarly one can easily overdose on drugs, but drugs would be under public scrutiny and thus have similar warnings protecting the users. Currently, a huge amount of people die from such drugs and many people who need help do not seek it because of the illegal status of drugs. Although drug use may increase from legalization, more drug users would live because they are no longer shunned by society and the government encouraging them to seek help without fear of legal action. Additionally, if someone wants to do drugs and wants to kill themselves, why is it the government's concern? Drugs are bad, but their illegal status costs our country far too many resources and is barely effective in impeding the use of drugs. It is simply a bad trade!
Jimbus

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Quan-Douglas

Pro

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Jimbus

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Quan-Douglas 1 year ago
Quan-Douglas
yup
Posted by lannan13 1 year ago
lannan13
Another forfeited debate.
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