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Mrpersondude
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Stefanwaal
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The Possession of Marijuana Ought to be Legal in the USA

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/6/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Mrpersondude

Con

First, thanks to Stefanwaal for accepting this debate and thanks to Hayd, the moderator of the October Beginner Tournament of which this debate is a part.

Resolution
The Possetion of Marijuana Ought to be Legal in the United States of America

Rules
1. Pro will begin arguing in Round 1. He will post something similar to "no round as agreed" in Round 4.
2. No new arguments in the last round.

Defintions
I expect all terms in the redolution to be clear. If in doubt, use the commmon usage of the word.
Stefanwaal

Pro

First of all I’d like to thank Mrpersondude for setting up this debate and Hayd for organizing the October Beginners tournament. In this round I’m going to claim that legalizing marijuana will do more good than harm to the USA with four arguments.

1. Excise taxes

At the moment the government of the USA has a debt problem. (1) This can either be solved by raising taxes or lowering spending. Both are very unpopular with the voters, so how to solve this problem? Create a totally new tax which people barely notice is there. At the moment there are already excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco and some other goods (2). After marijuana is legalized it’s pretty easy to add an excise tax to it. Washington and Colorado already legalized marijuana and so far they already collected more than $200 million with an excise tax on marijuana (3).

2. Medical marijuana

So far some research has been done to see what the medical uses are of marijuana. To quote from JAMA: There was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity. (4) So marijuana has some medical applications. If it helps, we should probably use it. So some states decided to legalize medical marijuana while keeping recreational marijuana illegal. When this happens some people start to abuse the medical marijuana. Even some teens abused medical marijuana (5). After marijuana is legalized, it can also get used in the medical industry without people worrying it gets abused. After all, why take the risk of abusing the medical marijuana if you can get it legally?

Talking about medical marijuana, con, can you please elaborate if you are completely against legalizing marijuana or if you do allow medical marijuana?

3. Economy

Legalizing marijuana has multiple positive influences on the economy. To start off, it already created about 10,000 new jobs (6) in Colorado. When people are working, they no longer need social benefit, so this improves the finances of the governments even more. Furthermore, since the excise tax is 15% of the average market price of retail marijuana (7), the contribution to GDP of marijuana was about $1.333 billion.

4. Culture

The culture of the USA is often associated with liberty, equality, private property and democracy (8). I’d like to draw your attention to the last point: democracy. In a democratic country the majority decides. In 2014 a survey concluded that 52% of the population supported the legalization of marijuana (9). It would be democratic to legalize marijuana because of this.

The previous four arguments gave an overview of the advantages of legalizing marijuana. I now hand the debate over to con, so he can state why he believes marijuana should be illegal.

Sources

1) http://www.usdebtclock.org...
2) https://en.wikipedia.org...
3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
4) http://jama.jamanetwork.com...
5) http://www.newportacademy.com...
6) http://www.hightimes.com...
7) https://www.colorado.gov...
8) https://en.wikipedia.org...
9) http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

Debate Round No. 1
Mrpersondude

Con

Mrpersondude forfeited this round.
Stefanwaal

Pro

Since con forfeited the previous round, there's not much for me to debate about.
Debate Round No. 2
Mrpersondude

Con

Mrpersondude forfeited this round.
Stefanwaal

Pro

Again, there's not much to debate about.
Debate Round No. 3
Mrpersondude

Con

Mrpersondude forfeited this round.
Stefanwaal

Pro

As mentioned in the rules I am not allowed to add anything significant in this round. I therefore will only wish the judges luck with judging this debate.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Stefanwaal 1 year ago
Stefanwaal
Mrpersondude, I have one question about one of the rules. We're not allowed to post new arguments in the last round. Does that mean I'm not allowed to post new arguments in round 3? After all, that's the last round in which I'm allowed to argue.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 1 year ago
lannan13
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