The Legalization of Marijuana/Marijuana vs. Alcohol
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My opponent also argues that cannabis has never been linked to any types of violence. This is false. The National Survey of Drug Use and Health indicated a direct relationship between the number of times adolescents smoked cannabis per year and their respective level of violence or deviant behavior. Regular users were more than twice as likely to engage in a serious fight, five times more likely to attack someone with intent to inflict seriously injury, and almost thirty times more likely to commit major theft.
While alcohol is clearly dangerous, this does not mean that we should move to decriminalize or legalize other drugs. In fact, the opposite should be done. Steps should be taken to restrict alcohol use and sale. Contrary to popular belief, Prohibition was a success in it's primary goal. Fewer people used alcohol, and as a result, the health of the nation improved. Liver problems dramatically decreased, and arrest for drunken behavior decreased over 50%. One of the most profound effects was that the suicide rate decreased by 50%. These successes are important to note, because prohibition itself was barely enforced. Many states refused to enforce the Federal Law, leaving only 250 federal agents to enforce entire states. It can then be reasoned that the profound effect prohibition was not caused by enforcement, but by the nature of the law itself. Our laws dictate what we hold acceptable in society, and prohibition made alcohol less socially acceptable. Unsurprisingly, before prohibition, driving drunk was not taken seriously and faced a simple slap on the wrist at worst. In order to stop the acceptance of drunken driving, alcohol itself needed to be stigmatized.
Marijuana use is difficult to directly compare to alcohol use. While many people drink in the United States, people do not always get regularly drunk when they drink. The same cannot readily be said for marijuana. It is first and foremost a drug used to intentionally alter one's conscience. And while not a direct effect of cannabis , cannabis use often leads to unhealthy weight gain, something that plagues developed countries even more than Alcohol use. Both alcohol and Marijuana have their own dangers, but more importantly, their mixed use creates even more useless. In an alternate universe where marijuana was legal and Alcohol was illegal, one could make a very compelling argument to keep Alcohol illegal for this very reason, regardless of whether or not alcohol could be considered safer within itself. Regardless of which is safer (which, due to the often subjective effects of any drug, is an essentially unwinnable argument), society is better off having either alcohol or cannabis be illegal due to the effects of poly-drug use. Society has rejected alcohol prohibition and accepted the prohibition of cannabis, leaving us with the easiest and most prudent option of simply keeping cannabis legal.
I look forward to my opponents next debate.
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1. Marijuana may cause damage to the individual and society through direct and indirect means,
2. History shows that prohibition prevents the usage of damaging substances,
4. Countries which have de facto legalized marijuana have seen an increase in use,
5. The fact that alcohol is unfortunately legal does not mean that the government should take a hands off approach to any other substance.
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