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Sam_Lowry
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The Legalization of Marijuana/Marijuana vs. Alcohol

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/18/2010 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sublime

Pro

I believe that marijuana should be legalized. If alcohol is legal then it is wrong to have marijuana be illegal. Marijuana is much safer and a lot less addictive than alcohol or any other drug. The dependence and withdrawal rates of marijuana are even less than that of caffeine. Long term marijuana use is a lot less harmful than long term alcohol use. Alcohol contributes to domestic violence, yet marijuana has never been linked to any types of violence and actually reduces the likelihood of violent behavior.
Sam_Lowry

Con

My opponent has laid out the case that since cannabis is supposedly less harmful than Alcohol, it makes pragmatic sense to legalize it. However, the social costs of cannabis are not simply additive. When combined with alcohol, completley new and worse problems inadvertently spring up. Smoking while drunk drastically increases the risk of being involved in an accident, much more so than being just drunk or just high. As many as 11% of all fatal accident victims (auto and non auto) can be attributed to marijuana intoxication, with alcohol being a supplemental drug in many cases. California decriminalized marijuana in 1976, and, within the first six months, arrests for driving under the influence of drugs rose 46 percent for adults and 71.4 percent for juveniles. Clearly increased availability and acceptance of marijuana leads to an increase in use, which in turn increases the number of those who drive while under the influence. This can also be seen by Alaska's legislative history, which experimented with marijuana decriminalization in the 70's and unfortunately found that decriminalization doubled the number of marijuana smokers.

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http://www.justthinktwice.com...

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.

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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.

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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.
Debate Round No. 1
sublime

Pro

sublime forfeited this round.
Sam_Lowry

Con

My opponent has forfeit her round of debate. There is not much for me to add until she attempts to challenge any of my statements.

In summary:

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.
Debate Round No. 2
sublime

Pro

sublime forfeited this round.
Sam_Lowry

Con

Sam_Lowry forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Sam_Lowry 7 years ago
Sam_Lowry
I just like playing Devil's Advocate. Hopefully the voting represents the substance of the arguments, not the positions themselves.
Posted by feverish 7 years ago
feverish
Wow Sam, there can't be many advocates of heroin legalisation that would argue weed is worse than booze. I am intrigued.
Posted by Danielle 7 years ago
Danielle
Yay Pro.
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