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Should marijuana be legalized?

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Started: 3/1/2011 Category: News
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kboudreau

Pro

The legalization of marijuana has been and always will be a controversial issue in the United States. Many people argue that it is harmful to your health, dangerous and addictive, but isn't that exactly what alcohol and tobacco are and they are legal. We would like to argue that minus the fallacies, there's no real reason why marijuana should be illegal. In the United States you need to be at least twenty-one to purchase alcohol, and nineteen to purchase tobacco. In one year tobacco has caused 443,000 deaths in the United States, alcohol caused 85,000, and marijuana zero. If the United States were to legalize marijuana they would not only be able to monitor the amount being sold, but the substance, meaning no alteration of other drugs with this product, the profit gained could help repair our economy, instead of going into the pockets of drug dealers. Marijuana has also been proved to help medically for many different diseases.
democrat435

Con

this drug shouldnt be legalised, with the facts of how many deaths can be caused by this drug ,but also that it is like any other drug in which the user will have his/her world torn apart with its toxins.They will not realise the damage they will be doing to themeselves and towards the ones they love. You tell me, should we risk everything we have ever worked for and our peace of mind for a 24-hour drug adrenaline rushing experience, that will not only have a chance of killing us but to destroy our lives when we regain our selves from its twisted worle of intoxication? no we shouldn't. The human race is living for survival and peace but we are jeapordising it with an infereior substance we can resist with our modern drugs help organisations and conscience.Even though it may not univerally make a difference, a threat to a human being is a threat, no matter how small........
Debate Round No. 1
kboudreau

Pro

kboudreau forfeited this round.
democrat435

Con

The drug may have econimical benifits of money control and helping in medicinal ways, but I am not satisfied with its consequences. If it helps fight disease and other medical problems, what statistics are there to prove that the patients that the drug is used for do not get addicted to the drug since it was made illegal in the first place?. Marijuana is still a drug like heroin or crack that can cause addiction and the drug addicts life can be destroyed. The management companies may fund and distrobute it very, well, in terms of investing and ordering the drug into hospitals to help, but then they will struggle as they will have to start to fund a lot of finances into getting the patients who have been addicted to it to special drug quiting groups or sending a large number into rehab. With dangers of addiction or death in certain medicinal circumstances, the amount of money needed to stop or solve a huge problem like this involving countless thousands, will be catastrophic.
Debate Round No. 2
kboudreau

Pro

People hear "drugs" and immediately think intoxication, addiction, and danger--but for some reason, society does not place alcohol into that classification. Marijuana, although it does cause mind alteration, is scientifically proven as chemically not addictive whereas alcohol is highly addictive for certain people due to genetics. In fact, if one does become addicted it is habitual rather than body craving ("Drug Policy" par.7). Annually, about 85,000 people die due to the consumption of alcohol or related crashes; however, none die from marijuana consumption (Mokdad, Ali-chart). So why is it that the substance that causes more deaths is legal? Alcohol also causes more anger to surface; 30% of violent crimes were committed during the intoxication of alcohol alone. ("Drug Policy" par. 8) Furthermore, alcohol is capable of a greater intoxicating effect than any drug; its legality is more a matter of its history. ("Drug Policy" par.7)

Marijuana should not be left in the hands of criminals; it should be kept pure and simple, "Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man, " (DrugWarFacts). By legalizing marijuana the government can collect the money from the sale of this substance, and not the drug dealers, which will decrease a percentage of crime. The government can monitor the quantity sold and the substance itself. It can help those who need it medically and will be a safer substance to use recreationally. As a group we have decided that marijuana should be legalized in the United States in the same way tobacco and alcohol are.

The economy in the United States has been getting progressively worse over the years. The government pursues idea after idea to restore the country's financial condition. Legalizing marijuana is a very possible way of benefiting the economy. Not only would legalizing marijuana benefit the economy, but it would also shut down numerous illegal street dealers. If the government were to legalize marijuana, it would receive a very handsome profit. Street venders make bulky earnings by selling illegal marijuana on average for around $8.60 per unit, whereas the manufacturing cost is merely under $2 per unit. With just below a $7 profit per unit, marijuana is a huge moneymaker. If the government made marijuana legal, it would steal all of these profits. The government could decide on the taxations and limitations on marijuana, still giving them control over the issue. This way the consumption of the drug would not be abused or dangerous, and keep the dealers off the streets.
democrat435

Con

You say that Marijuana should be kept pure and simple whilst away from the hands of criminals, but I dont think you realise that this drug is no different in security than any other illegal substance or object. Criminals can be very crafty and they can get ther hands on many illegal substances from anywhere like cannabis, heroin, crack and even illegal weapons. What statistics are there to say that the drug will be kept away from criminals and only in needed places like hospitals since it can be obtained easily from hijacking delivery trucks or infiltrating buildings.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by democrat435 6 years ago
democrat435
lo;l
Posted by Cobo 6 years ago
Cobo
Fail Voting
Posted by IamZero 6 years ago
IamZero
Hey, con for sure.
Posted by democrat435 6 years ago
democrat435
this debate wasn't what i expected it to be.
Posted by BangBang-Coconut 6 years ago
BangBang-Coconut
@kboudreau wait, so you're having these super short debates as a part of some kind of class asignment? is that why so many other people are doing this too?
Posted by kboudreau 6 years ago
kboudreau
i know i'm sorry about that my professor gave us instructions so i did as followed. anyway go to "edit my debate" and you are able to change the number of characters on the current debate you have open.
Posted by BangBang-Coconut 6 years ago
BangBang-Coconut
@Rinexe How do you check the character limit? I've been trying to figure that out for a while now.

and @kbourreau honestly yeah, the low character limit is incredibly frustrating; it really limits the debate and ultimately defeats th purpose of having the debate at all.
Posted by Rinexe 6 years ago
Rinexe
Raise the character limit and people might consider this worthy.
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