The US should legalize all drugs
Round 1 : Acceptance
Round 2: Arguments (no rebuttals)
Round 3: Rebuttals
C1) Paternalism is bad
The government should not tell us what to do with our own bodies when we do something that harms no one else. Drugs would fall into this category.
C2) Criminal networks
According to Seth Jones of RAND Corporation, the Taliban gets 70-80% of their funding from the heroine trade. If drugs were legalized, US agrobusiness would be able to compete the Taliban out of business, meaning we would nearly instantly win the War in Afghanistan by denying the Taliban most of their funding. In addition, the Council on Foreign Relations points out that our drug demand fuels most of Mexico's cartels and much of the violence that spills across our borders. http://www.cfr.org... If we bought all our drugs from American companies, Mexican cartels would all go out of business.
C3) Makes the government money
We'd save about $15 billion a year by ending the useless war on drugs. http://www.drugsense.org... In addition, we'd gain about $30 billion a year by taxing drugs, although it could be significantly more, since we can progressively raise taxes (as we've done with cigarettes). The Global Commission on Drug Policy points out, ""The global war on drugs has failed . . . prohibition has failed in tackling global consumption of drugs, and has instead led to the creation of black markets and criminal networks that resort to violence and corruption in order to carry out their business. This drug-related violence now threatens the institutional stability of entire nations."
C4) Decriminalization decreases drug use
When we treat drugs as a matter of public health, not criminal justice, people feel less stigmatized and feel better about seeking help. This is why a Cato Institute study of Portugal's decriminalization policies shows decreases in drug usage and safer drug use over time. http://www.cato.org...
REBUTTALS TO COMMON ARGUMENTS
1. Drugs are bad for you
This is answered by paternalism. Cigarettes and alcohol are also bad, but we are allowed to make these decisions for ourselves. In fact, alcohol is more likely to affect others than any other drug (drunk driving).
2. Drugs hurt others
No, they really don't, except that when we hurt ourselves, we hurt those who care for us. But this still doesn't justify paternalism, unless you believe loved ones should make all your decisions for you just because your decisions tangentially affect them.
Jeff Deeney, a former drug addict who now works as a social worker, wrote a piece in the Atlantic that calls for treating heroin like a health issue, not a criminal act. Out of the 1.5 million people arrested for drug crimes in 2012, 82 percent were for possession, and 16.5 percent of those were for cocaine, heroin, or associated drugs. Did those arrests do anyone any good? At least 100 million people in the US have done marijuana, while the number of frequent heroin users has stayed under half a million for decades. This can hardly be classified as an addiction.
POLITICO magazine ran a fascinating piece by Jason Edward Harrington, a writer who worked for years as a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agent at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Harrington, who blogged anonymously during the last six months of his stint, reveals some nasty details about life in the TSA, including the staggeringly low morale, the fact that the agents themselves think that much of what they do is bunk, and that they also fear radiation from the full-body scanners. He also writes that passengers from certain nations are profiled—you know which ones—and that agents pay special attention to attractive passengers and mock the ugly ones. The whole thing is well worth a read, and quite disturbing. If police have admitted to profiling then isn't it for the best that drugs become legal. Of course there would be warning like there are for cigarrettes.
My opponent has provided many very specific facts but has failed to provide any sources. This means that there statistics could be false. I could say anything and make up random facts and dates without sources to prove that your statsitics are reliable it makes it very hard to trust your argument (not that I don't trust you).
“Research Shows Oreos Are Just As Addictive As Drugs,” says the headline above a recent Connecticut College press release. “…in Lab Rats,” it adds, and I’ll get to that part later. But first note that the study’s findings could just as truthfully be summarized this way: “Drugs Are No More Addictive Than Oreos.” The specific drugs included in the study were cocaine and morphine, which is what heroin becomes immediately after injection. So the headline also could have been: “Research Shows That Heroin and Cocaine Are No More Addictive Than Oreos.” Putting it that way would have raised some interesting questions about the purportedly irresistible power of these drugs, which supposedly justifies using force to stop people from consuming them. But the researchers are not interested in casting doubt on the empirical basis for the War on Drugs; instead they are trying to build an empirical basis for the War on Fat.
“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” [neuroscientist Joseph] Schroeder said. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”…
“My research interests stemmed from a curiosity for studying human behavior and our motivations when it comes to food,” said [neuroscience major] Jamie Honohan. “We chose Oreos not only because they are America’s favorite cookie, and highly palatable to rats, but also because products containing high amounts of fat and sugar are heavily marketed in communities with lower socioeconomic statuses.”…
“Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,” she said.
There's the sources, didn't share them because I assume most people know this stuff, it's something people should know if they keep up with the new and such.
Addictions should be treated like a health issue, not a crime, so thank you for stating that. I agree with that 100%. So you agree it is a health problem, you obviously just hated that. So should we not treat cancer, it's a Health problem. People don't decide to have cancer, and we try everything to get rid of it. It should be the same for addiction, and the biggest step is not legalizing drugs.
Addiction is hurting many people, the number is much bigger then you realize, but you don't seem to look at the bigger picture. Since drugs have become more popular, the crime rate has gone up, a lot. https://ncadd.org...
Not to mention all the sites you used are .com, not always reliable sources.
Obviously you haven't seen addiction first hand, or else you'd have a better understanding of it. Your logic on the Oreo stuff makes me laugh. More people have died from drugs, then they have Oreos, so your "logic" from that doesn't phase me at all.
|Who won the debate:||-|