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larsheyton
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Should marijuana be legal in all states?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/30/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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larsheyton

Pro

Marijuana is not a damaging "drug". Marijuana is actually a plant,not a drug. There are no chemical processes or alterations to make it the way it is. There are no risks of withdrawal sickness or addiction. The effects it induces are not bad, either. It is not a hallucinogen, it just makes you incredibly tired,giving you a state of relaxation. If marijuana was legal,it would replace the tobacco industry. Cigarettes and dip are much more dangerous than marijuana. Cancer rates would lower, second hand smoking deaths would lower,and taxes from marijuana would help the economy all around. With marijuana legal,drug related crimes would go down significantly!
SebUK

Con

I thank my opponent for stating the debate , here I will be playing Devil's Advocate as I do support Cannabis legalisation, The Burden of Proof is on Pro which is pretty clear therefore I simply have to create a strong counter-argument. First of all my opponent states Marijuana is not a damaging drug which is false and my opponent didn't make an effort to say why it is not damaging, According to the popular 'Talk To Frank' website - (http://www.talktofrank.com...) Here are some of the risks of cannabis : 'Tobacco and cannabis share some of the same chemical 'nasties', so, like smoking tobacco, smoking cannabis can make asthma worse, can cause wheezing in people without asthma and can even lead to lung cancer.' , 'A recent review of cannabis research published in the British Medical Journal found those driving under the influence of cannabis had nearly double the risk of a crash.' , 'It can increase the heart rate and affect blood pressure, which can be especially harmful for those with heart disease.' , 'It is reported that frequent use of cannabis may affect fertility. It can cut a man's sperm count and can suppress ovulation in women.' , 'If you"re pregnant, smoking cannabis may increase the risk of your baby being born smaller than expected.' , 'Cannabis can freak you out - it can cause feelings of anxiety, suspicion, panic and paranoia.' , 'For people with illnesses such as schizophrenia, cannabis can cause a serious relapse.' , 'Regular cannabis use is known to be associated with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia; and if you have a family background of mental illness, you may also have an increased risk.' , 'Cannabis can affect the way the brain works. Regular, heavy use makes it difficult to learn and concentrate and research has linked cannabis use to poor exam results. This is a potentially serious risk if you"re young, when the brain is still developing. People who take a lot of cannabis can also find they lack motivation.' . Of course these are only some of the risks there is also addiction , NHS on Cannabis addiction - (http://www.nhs.uk...) . 'As with other drugs, dependence on cannabis is influenced by a number of factors, including how long you"ve been using it, how much you use and whether you are more prone to becoming dependent.
You may find you have difficulty stopping regular use, and you may experience psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms when you do stop. Withdrawal symptoms can include cravings for cannabis, irritability, mood changes, appetite disturbance, weight loss, difficulty sleeping and, in some people, sweating, shaking and diarrhoea.' . Then there are also studies on cannabis and lung cancer but there are opposing claims so I'm not gone mention lung cancer here. My opponent then states that Marijuana is not a drug but a plant , My opponent failed to show how plants cannot be drugs , the definition of a drug according to the English Oxford Dictionary is 'A medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body:' - (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...) Plants can be drugs , there is no reason why they can't be, in fact many 'Hard Drugs' come from plants such as cocaine which comes from the Coca plant -(http://en.wikipedia.org...) and Opiates like Heroin , Morphine and Methadone come from the Opium poppy plant. My opponent says 'There are no risks of withdrawal sickness or addiction. ' Which my opponent has not backed up with evidence and therefore it is a totally baseless claim, according to the daily mail - 'People who try to quit smoking pot can experience withdrawal symptoms that affect their daily lives, according to an Australian study.
Scientists found that when regular cannabis users were asked to quit the habit for two weeks they suffered a variety of symptoms that affected their ability to work and their personal relationships.
These included irritability, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and loss of appetite.
The effects of the withdrawal symptoms were found to be similar to those going through nicotine withdrawal.' Enough said. -(http://www.dailymail.co.uk...) . My opponent then says that the effects of it are not bad , I already talked about the negative effects of Cannabis at the start of this argument so lets skip that , he then says 'It is not a hallucinogen,it just makes you incredibly tired.' Which again he does not back up with evidence . 'Marijuana and hashish, two substances derived from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), are also considered natural hallucinogens, although their potency (power) is very low when compared to others. Marijuana (also called grass, pot, tea, weed, or reefer), a green herb from the flower of the hemp plant, is considered a mild hallucinogen. Hashish is marijuana in a more potent, concentrated form. Both drugs are usually smoked. Their effects include a feeling of relaxation, faster heart rate, the sensation that time is passing more slowly, and a greater sense of hearing, taste, touch, and smell.' - (http://www.discoveriesinmedicine.com...). 'If marijuana was legal,it would replace the tobacco industry. ' Why would it? Tobbaco is it's own unique industry and Tobbaco is it's own unique drug . 'Cancer rates would lower,' No proof provided. 'taxes from marijuana would help the economy all around. ' My opponent claims that marijuana legalisation would be an economical benefit even though we would have to deal with negative effects of marijuana through public healthcare and we would have to regulate the businesses , and we would have to deal with more road accidents - 'A recent study review published in the British Medical Journal found people who used marijuana within three hours of driving were nearly twice as likely to cause a crash as sober drivers. People who use marijuana in combination with other drugs or alcohol also pose an increased crash risk, research suggests.' -(http://www.ksl.com...). My opponent does not use statistics to prove that the country affected would become richer.
Debate Round No. 1
larsheyton

Pro

larsheyton forfeited this round.
SebUK

Con

Another wasted debate ,Extend all my arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
larsheyton

Pro

larsheyton forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by SebUK 2 years ago
SebUK
Oh sorry for mentioning public healthcare I forgot this is a US only debate.
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