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Should marijuana be legalized

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Started: 10/2/2015 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Marijuana should be legalized. Please accept my debate.



We are arguing if something should or should not be legal. It is important to note what it is we are not arguing. For example, we are not arguing what punishments are or are not justified. Likewise, we are not arguing about overcrowded prisons, or mandatory minimums, these are not relevant topics to the resolution. Many who argue about marijuana often argue that it should be decriminalized. Again, while an interesting and important topic it is not directly related to this debate. For example, It is feasible to argue, as many do, that something should be illegal and decriminalized, or to argue for less stringent punishments for violations. Now that we have covered what is not being debated, we can get to the core issue. This debate rests solely on the question of if Marijuana should be legalized.

I will present my argument in two parts. The first being that the U.S. Government ought to protect citizens from Marijuana, and the second, that t
he Government protects citizens through the rule of law. By arguing such it will become clear that the U.S. Government should not legalize recreational marijuana.

Argument Part 1: The Government ought to protect citizens from Marijuana.

My case here is quite simple (P = Premise, C = Conclusion)

P1: The U.S. government ought to protect citizens from harm.
P2: Citizens can be and are harmed by Marijuana
C: The U.S.
Government ought to protect citizens from Marijuana.

P1: The U.S. Government ought to protect citizens from harm

To understand what the government ought to do it is important to understand the Role of government.
The supreme Law of the U.S. is the Constitution. The authors included a preamble that summarized the core values and purpose of Government. Some of those values and goals listed were “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare….”

Such governments could only accomplish these goals and realize their purpose if citizens are protected from harm. There can be no justice, tranquility, general welfare etc. if citizens are subject to harm that the government could reasonably prevent. That is to say Governments ought to protect their citizens from harm.

P2: Citizens can be and are harmed by Marijuana

From the U.S. government website devoted to facts about drugs, we read that marijuana can alter the user’s sense and mood. It can impair body movement, alter memory, and decrease the ability to problem solve. It is known to affected brain development negatively. It can cause breathing problems, hallucinations, and paranoia. It can cause anxiety, depression, and has been shown to induce suicidal thoughts in teens. (1)

Talk about harm.
It is not a stretch to assume that someone who’s mood is altered, having hallucinations, is paranoid, and having suicidal thoughts poses a threat to themselves and others.

One such example was given in the New York Times.

"There is the Denver man who, hours after buying a package of marijuana-infused Karma Kandy from one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana shops, (where marijuana has recently been made legal.) began raving about the end of the world and then pulled a handgun from the family safe and killed his wife, the authorities say."[2]

You tell me, Is this Tranquility? A more perfect union? Was justice established Etc… Is this man’s family more safe? The harm posed by Marijuana is not hypothetical. Legalizing a drug does not remove the harms inherent to that drug. Thus we see that Citizens can be and often are harmed by Marijuana in the U.S.

Conclusion of Part 1:

As P1 and P2 are affirmed that the U.S. government ought to protect citizens from harm and that Citizens can and often are harmed by Marijuana it follows logically that the U.S.
Government ought to protect citizens from Marijuana.

Argument Part 2: The Government protects citizens through the rule of law.

How does a government “
form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility… , promote the general Welfare….?” Simple; through the rule of law.

Rule of law implies that every citizen is subject to the law, including law makers themselves. Put another way. The Government is subject to law as are citizens of this nation. How is it that the government can protect citizens from the harm of marijuana as we have established it should if the laws that make this protection possible are repealed? Simply put it cannot. If Recreational Marijuana is legalized the government cannot fill its duty. Governments ought to protect citizens from Marijuana. To do this it becomes necessary for the law to enable the government to do so. Marijuana is harmful and is thus rightly outlawed.


It has become clear that;

1: The U.S. Government ought to protect citizens from Marijuana.

How is that done?

The Government protects citizens through the rule of law.

From these two points it logically follows that;

C: The Government through the rule of Law should protect Citizens from Marijuana.

This is why I am opposed to the resolution; that is to say
that the U.S. Government should not legalize recreational marijuana.

Thanks for watching please Vote Con!



Debate Round No. 1


Below are 20 health benefits of consuming marijuana:

1. Weight Loss: The Atlantic recently reported a study which found that people who smoke pot are skinnier. The researchers at the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center analyzed data to find that current pot smokers had a smaller waist circumference than those who had never used marijuana. While this may seem counterintuitive " pot smokers reportedly consume an extra 600 calories a day from "the munchies" " the proof lies in the numbers. And yes, the study took into account the extraneous variables such as age, sex, tobacco, alcohol use and physical activity levels.

2. Lung Health: Since marijuana is often smoked, a common belief is that it is not good for your lungs. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that weed increases lung capacity and did not effect lung function.

3. Diabetes: Scientists from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found a correlation between Type 2 diabetes and marijuana. One of the most common risk factors for diabetes is insulin resistance and the researchers found that the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may help the body take in insulin. The study, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the latest issue of "The American Journal of Medicine," found that marijuana users had 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels and 17 percent lower insulin-resistance levels. That said, only current smokers experienced the positive effects, implying that the resistance occurred after immediate use.

4. Depression: A 2005 study published by USC and SUNY Albany researchers found that "those who consume marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana."

5. Anxiety and ADHD: The aforementioned study from USC and SUNY Albany also found evidence suggesting that in small doses, weed may relieve anxiety and symptoms of ADHD. The findings about anxiety were replicated in 2010, when researchers from Harvard Medical School found that marijuana acts as a sedative and can improve the consumer's mood by reducing anxiety.

6. Glaucoma: Those suffering from glaucoma can prevent blindness by taking marijuana orally, intravenously or by inhaling. How? Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to research. In fact, the National Eye Institute states: "Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma."

7. Epileptic Seizures and Tourette's: In 2012, a British study from the University of Reading found that marijuana can help those suffering from epilepsy -- a condition that afflicts one percent of the world -- as THC has anti-convulsant properties. The researchers determined that it could potentially lead to an effective treatment with no side effects. Researchers have also found that marijuana helps those suffering from Tourette's as well.

8. AIDS: More recently, scientists found that THC might have a helpful function: stopping the spread of HIV in monkeys. According to researchers, monkeys that were treated with high THC doses on a daily basis had more healthy cells than those who did not. While these findings are preliminary, and have not been observed in humans, they are promising.

9. Cancer: It's not news that marijuana helps cancer patients when they undergo chemotherapy, but a 2012 study found that marijuana can play a role in curing aggressive cancer. Or rather, a marijuana compound "can stop metastasis in some kinds of aggressive cancer." This wasn't the first study of its kind, as researchers in the U.K. have successfully killed cancer cells in leukemia patients using marijuana. How does it work? According to the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, marijuana turns off the gene and in turn, stops cancer.

10. Migraines: Does a blunt a day take the migraines away? Marijuana has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in pain relief. In fact, the effects are said to be "several hundred times more powerful than that of aspirin." Doctors in California have treated more than 300,000 migraine cases with medical marijuana. has shown to be effective in treating a host of illnesses and conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraines.

11. Arthritis: As mentioned above, marijuana is a potent pain killer and it even helps with rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic pain conditions. In 2011, researchers announced that patients with rheumatoid arthritis reported less pain, more sleep, and reduced inflammation when taking marijuana.

12. Alzheimer's Disease: A 2006 study, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that marijuana (specifically, THC) has the ability to block an enzyme that is responsible for creating the amyloid plaque--what kills brain cells in patients of Alzheimer's. The study also found that marijuana prevents "protein clumps that can inhibit cognition and memory."

13. Opiate Addiction: Opiates have addictive qualities that are far more damaging than marijuana and as such, cannabis can be used as an effective remedy to reduce dependence on opiate-based medication.

14. Neurological Damage: There is research suggesting that marijuana has neuroprotective qualities. What does this mean? Consuming marijuana can limit neurological damage after a stroke or trauma. Rumor has it that the NFL may introduce marijuana to combat concussions in athletes.

15. Hepatitis C: The European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that those who smoked marijuana daily were more likely to complete their Hepatitis C therapy--the medications have severe side effects which often causes a patient to stop their treatment regimen. What's more, marijuana supposedly makes the medication more effective, as those who take it in conjunction with their treatment have no sign of the virus in their body.

16. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: THC-like compounds made by the body increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. A 2010 study, published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, found the THC in marijuana blocks the THC-like compounds made in the body, which allow bacteria into your body by increasing the permeability of the intestines.

17. Multiple Sclerosis: The THC in pot binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain. Marijuana's pain relieving ability makes it beneficial to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, as the THC binds to receptors in the nerves and muscles to alleviate pain. In a 30 people study, Jody Corey-Bloom found that smoking marijuana reduced pain in multiple sclerosis patients.

18. Bipolar Disorder: A study found that those with bipolar disorder can benefit from ingesting pot. According to the research, those with bipolar I disorder who smoked pot showed improvement in areas such as processing speed, attention, and working memory.

19. Creativity: There was often a stigma that marijuana makes you stupid but researchers have since found that the stereotype was based on correlational evidence, instead of cause and effect. In fact, scientists have found that those who smoke tend to be more creative.

20. Verbal Skills: Researchers have also found that marijuana increases "verbal fluency" amongst users.
These are just some of the reasons why marijuana should be legalized.


kasmic forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


My opponent has clearly failed to give a response that would suffice. Please vote for me since my "opponent" can not provide more reasons for marijuana to stay illegal.


kasmic forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


My opponent has once again forfeited a round. Vote pro.


kasmic forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4


Once again my opponent has forfeited a round, vote for me.


kasmic forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
6 comments have been posted on this debate. Showing 1 through 6 records.
Posted by kasmic 1 year ago
Sorry I forfeited.
Posted by whiteflame 1 year ago
>Reported vote: lannan13// Mod action: Removed<

6 points to Pro (Conduct, Sources, Arguments). Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture

[*Reason for removal*] Even with this number of forfeits, only the conduct point is validated by pointing to the forfeits alone. The voter needs to explain both the arguments and source points.
Posted by WillClayton 1 year ago
Con's argument is logically sound. Pro's is just a copied list. It seems that even if all those health benefits are real it still does not negate con's case. If I could vote I would vote Con in spite of the forfeited rounds.
Posted by PointyDelta 1 year ago
Hmm, who's worse? Con FFs, but Pro copypastes her entire argument from a website(which she helpfully referenced so we don't event have to google it.)
Posted by kasmic 1 year ago
Lol, control p......
Posted by In_Human_Form 1 year ago
Most definitely agree with con, Pro will forfeit every round.
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