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DebateVex
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Pill_Junkie_Monkey
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We Should Legalize All Drugs

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/11/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Debating Period
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DebateVex

Pro

Our economy is failing and we need some money. Legalizing drugs like cocaine amd heroin would truly make america great again. They are not even that bad for you, the media is trying to get us to believe their lies, even though studies have shown daily cocaine usage actually cures cancer.
Pill_Junkie_Monkey

Con

I'd like to start off by saying I don't support prohibition of any kind, however I will attempt to debate from a pro-prohibition mindset. **NOTHING I SAY IN THIS REPRESENTS MY ACTUAL VIEWS**

Marijuana is currently legal in 7 states within the United States of America, and the US's citizens have been pushing for the legalization of marijuana. Many people believe marijuana to be a wonder-drug, with few negative effects, however this is not true. Marijuana can cause hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis when taken in high doses. As well as impaired memory even in low doses. Marijuana also affects brain development. When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Researchers are still studying how long marijuana's effects last and whether some changes may be permanent. For example, a study from New Zealand conducted in part by researchers at Duke University showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and 38.

Those who are depended on heroin, and other opiates are disproportionately involved in criminal activity. Here is an excerpt from an article from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov... titled "Insights into the link between drug use and criminality: Lifetime offending of criminally-active opiate users" "We test whether the offending trajectory of those who test positive for opiates is greater than test-negative controls and whether the relationship is constant both prior to, and post, opiate initiation. We consider whether these relationships differ according to gender and offence type. The study provides an analysis of historical offending records in adults linked to test results for opiate and cocaine metabolites. Those testing positive for opiates were linked to treatment records to retrieve data on age of opiate initiation. Rate ratios (RR) were calculated to compare opiate positive testers to opiate and cocaine negative controls, separately by gender and adjusting for age and birth cohort. Age of opiate initiation was included in a second model as a time-dependent variable. Within-subject clustering was accounted for using generalized estimating equations. Opiate-positive cases had higher rates of offending than test-negative controls, both prior to, and post, opiate initiation. Initiation of opiate use increased the RR by 16% for males but doubled it for females. The RR increase in non-serious acquisitive crime was greater than that seen in serious crime. For males only, opiate initiation narrowed the difference in violent offending rate between cases and controls. A larger offending increase was associated with opiate initiation in female, compared to male, users. For most crime categories, the difference between groups is exacerbated by opiate initiation. The findings indicate that opiate prevention initiatives might be effective in reducing offending, particularly among females."

It is clear that these substances cause crime, and can be quite dangerous.

(NOTE: I threw this crap together quite sloppy, so please excuse improper grammar, and overall s**ty-ness of this argument)

Sources used:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
http://www.drugfreeworld.org...
Debate Round No. 1
DebateVex

Pro

Thank you for accepting the debate.

In response to the fact that you say a drug, such as marijuana, can be very harmful, I completely agree with you. I, myself, would never use these substances, but the thing is, it is the choice of the people to actually use these substances. The ones that do use the substances would provide the government with money, which we need desperately in a time of economic crisis. Additionally, I think that we also need to increase drug education in schools. If all drugs are legal, we need more education so the kids can make more decisions for themselves.

There is also a medical aspect to this debate. The legalization of marijuana has cured thousands of people of cancer, and making it illegal would prevent these people from getting the proper medical treatment. Harder drugs like cocaine and heroin also serve as a great way to relieve pain, but they are slightly more addicting. Where cocaine is legal, in countries like Canada, dentists often put cocaine on their patient's gums to create a numbing sensation, easing the process of surgery for those who may be allergic to other numbing agents. Heroin also serves as a great painkiller for those who have gone through painful surgery or something of that nature. I know that abuse is a problem, but that is because doctors and drug companies try to make us buy more drugs to get us addicted and buy more. This can easily be fixed by banning all pharmacies and making them government owned.

Finally, there are also hundreds of drugs that get people in trouble, but are actually not even bad for you. For example, ecstasy makes you see hallucinations. It's not even addicting, yet people are getting their lives ruined for only doing having a little bit and end up having to serve life in prison.

The economy would see a great boost if all drugs were legal. Those who are addicted would give a lot of money to the government, reducing our taxes and making our country #1 in the world again.
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Posted by Pill_Junkie_Monkey 6 months ago
Pill_Junkie_Monkey
Whoops I forgot to post an argument.
Posted by Pill_Junkie_Monkey 6 months ago
Pill_Junkie_Monkey
Once the debate is over, I'll give my real opinions on this topic.
Posted by BryanMullinsNOCHRISTMAS2 6 months ago
BryanMullinsNOCHRISTMAS2
Some drugs are seriously bad.
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