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Lala_14
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SuperShyGuy21
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Should marijuana be legal in all states?

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Started: 4/16/2014 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Lala_14

Pro

Should marijuana be legalized in all states? Yes, of course because 1.It's a plant. We all know this. Therefore marijuana grows naturally, making something that is natural illegal is unnatural.
Marijuana is in no way additive, in fact weed can be less addictive then caffeine. Also, you can not overdose on pot. There have been no cases of death from weed. Trust me, If you think your family friend is supposedly "overdosed" on weed, knocked out on your couch. There's nothing wrong with him. He's going to wake up 30 minutes later with the munchies and is going to eat everything your house.
We all can see marijuana truly is not harmful.
SuperShyGuy21

Con

Marijuana should not be legal in all states, and shouldn't even be legal in the states that have already authorized it. What does one think is the cause behind this? To cut down on local arrests? No. The reason behind this legislature is to provide the government with more money. Imagine that you had a child. How could you tell your child that smoking marijuana is bad if this kind of action is providing the government with money and is in turn indirectly providing his or her school with funding. By legalizing this drug we are creating an environment where drugs are no longer frowned upon. True, you need a license in order to legally purchase Marijuana in some states, but by the same means of underage drinking, authentication systems can be fooled. Thank you
Debate Round No. 1
Lala_14

Pro

Lala_14 forfeited this round.
SuperShyGuy21

Con

In the second round, whilst my competitor is currently preoccupied, I would like to touch on one of the more dangerous sides to legalizing marijuana in all states, and that is the easy access. By legalizing marijuana, anybody can get their hands on the substance. This also applies to people that are already highly dangerous and are un-diagnosed. Not only that but to directly retaliate my opponents previous argument, people can and do die from overdosing on marijuana. It's affects are highly addictive, and can cause people to get jaded and need more and more of the substance until their bodies give out and die.
Debate Round No. 2
Lala_14

Pro

There is no record of anyone dying or overdosing on marijuana. And if you do have proof on that please let me know. Also, even with marijuana illegal people will still find a way to get it. It would obviously be on the down low. Just like any other drug. Meth,Heroine,Crack Cocaine. You still see people getting those drugs. Whats so different with marijuana. Going back on your statement saying "It's affects are highly addictive, and can cause people to get jaded and need more and more of the substance until their bodies give out and die.". What about ciggarettes? Which are highly addictive and far worst than marijuana. Marijuana is not addictive AT ALL. You can take one hit and be done with it completely.
SuperShyGuy21

Con

To address my opponents arguments first, I stated that the EFFECTS of Marijuana are highly addictive, not the drug itself. Also, the CDC reports that in the last decade there have been 26 deaths related directly to Marijuana. That number is indeed low, however the exact number of deaths related to marijuana may be much, much higher. You see, even when marijuana is legalized, that does not mean that people are going to use it responsibly. People currently under the influence of drugs have little control over their actions. Also, there are no different levels of intoxication when it comes to marijuana use. You cannot get just a little bit stoned, your either fine or completely stoned. This can directly jeopardize everybody in your wake, whether it be a thoughtless action like a robbery, or driving the equivalent to being completely drunk, while you may not be endangering yourself, you are certainly putting at risk the others around you. Thanks to my opponent, and the spectators.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by intellectuallyprimitive 3 years ago
intellectuallyprimitive
Marijauna should never have been regulated to begin with, in my opinion.
Posted by JuliaSarrazin 3 years ago
JuliaSarrazin
I feel like this situation is very similar to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. When you're told you don't have the right to have something, what tends to be your immediate reaction? You now want it. People will consume Marijuana whether or not it is illegal. Yes, it can be considered as a gateway drug, but is relatively not harmful. Also, one of the big issues, which was also an issue during the prohibition, is that making Marijuana illegal leads to an underground industry. Take the drug cartel for instance. The reason they terrorize people is because they have power. Why do they have power? Because they're so rich from selling illegal drugs. If Marijuana were made legal, people would buy it themselves, the need of drug cartels would plummet, and it would make their businesses crumble. Some peace could be restored.
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