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tylergraham95
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snofalofagus
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The use sale and manufacturing of marijuana ought to be legalized in more areas of the United States

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tylergraham95
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/9/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tylergraham95

Pro

First Round is acceptance only
Second is Construction only
No new arguments may be introduced in the final round.
snofalofagus

Con

I accept and agree to your challenge
Debate Round No. 1
tylergraham95

Pro

I thank my opponent for accepting my challenge, but remind him that round 1 was to be used for acceptance only.

I will be arguing that the use sale and manufacturing of marijuana ought to be legalized in more areas of the United States.
I will base my argument on the following contentions:
1. It is the personal choice of each individual american as to whether or not they smoke marijuana, regardless of the harms (assuming that the persons are informed on the potential harms).
2. Marijuana can be used for medicinal uses.
3. Legalizing marijuana would reduce drug related crime rates

Contention 1:It is the personal choice of each individual american as to whether or not they smoke marijuana, regardless of the harms (assuming that the persons are informed on the potential harms).

Just as is the case with tobacco and alcohol, each US citizen should be allowed to choose for themselves whether or not they want to use marijuana. As long as the citizen is informed by the manufacturer of the potential harms (as is the case with alcohol and especially tobacco products), it should be the choice of theirs, not the governments, as to whether or not they choose to use marijuana. Each adult citizen is responsible for making these decisions for themselves.

Contention 2:Marijuana can be used for medicinal uses.
Another reason marijuana ought to be legalized in more areas of the US is that marijuana has useful medical employments. Marijuana is used to treat symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Marijuana is also used to treat glaucoma. Marijuana ought to be legalized to help treat those afflicted with diseases that can be treated with medicinal marijuana.

Contention 3:Legalizing marijuana would reduce drug related crime rates.
With Marijuana legalized, the government would no longer need to arrest all marijuana dealers, only the unlicensed ones. Also governments would not have to arrest users of marijuana. Non-violent drug offenders now account for 1/4 of the prison population (1)

"The cost to put a single drug dealer in jail is about $450,000, composed of the following:

The cost for arrest and conviction is about $150,000.

The cost for an additional prison bed is about $50,000 to $150,000, depending upon the jurisdiction.

It costs about $30,000 per year to house a prisoner. With an average sentence of 5 years, that adds up to another $150,000.

The same $450,000 can provide treatment or education for about 200 people. In addition, putting a person in prison produces about fifteen dollars in related welfare costs, for every dollar spent on incarceration. Every dollar spent on treatment and education saves about five dollars in related welfare costs." (2).

I thank my opponent for accepting my challenge and await his response eagerly.

1. http://www.cepr.net...
2. http://druglibrary.org...;
snofalofagus

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
tylergraham95

Pro

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snofalofagus

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Debate Round No. 4
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snofalofagus

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Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Zaradi 2 years ago
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