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Suckmyass420
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David_Debates
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Weed prohibition

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/23/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Suckmyass420

Pro

I don't understand why medical cannabis is still considered a schedule one substance. Why can't you just let me smoke weed in peace. There are no physical or mental problems that arise from medicinal marijuana use.
David_Debates

Con

This seems like an interesting debate. The topic is whether or not cannabis (weed) should be prohibited. Seeing that my opponent is arguing for cannabis, I find it strange why he chose to be Pro in this debate. To be clear, will you be arguing that weed should be prohibited, and will I be arguing for prohibition of weed, or vice-versa? Before that, let's begin with definitions:

Weed: the concentrated form of the plant Cannabis sativa
Prohibition: a law or order that stops something from being used or done. (1)
Schedule one substance: A drug defined by the United States Controlled Substances Act to have very high potential for abuse (2).

I'm not sure what I'm arguing for yet, so I'll wait. I don't want to contradict myself in later rounds.

Sources:
(1) http://www.merriam-webster.com...
(2) http://www.dea.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
Suckmyass420

Pro

Nah bro. You got it all wrong weed is bad for idk why you say its a great product when really its a horrible product that should of never been put up for resale. I like this name by the way and look to keeping it (to commenters)
David_Debates

Con

Now that I know what I'll be arguing, I'll begin with a refutation.

1) Nah bro.
Please call me Con, David_Debates, or David.

2) You got it all wrong weed is bad for idk why you say its a great product when really its a horrible product that should of never been put up for resale.
I would say you got it all wrong. "I don't understand why medical cannabis is still considered a schedule one substance. Why can't you just let me smoke weed in peace. There are no physical or mental problems that arise from medicinal marijuana use (Round 1, Pro)." Your words, not mine. You've agreed to my point before I started debating!

3)
I like this name by the way and look to keeping it (to commenters)
I'm glad you like your name, but this is irrelevant to the subject at hand. Your name (I'd rather not say it) has no influence on whether or not "weed" should be prohibited in the United States. If you want to say something to the comments, say it in the comments.

With that out of the way, constructives.

Medicinal herbs are not schedule one substances.
According to the United States Controlled Substances Act, a medicinal herb cannot be a schedule one substance (1). If we are able to show how the Cannabis sativa plant leaves can indeed be used for medicinal properties, we can then truly say that marijuana should not be prohibited, but regulated. In order to do this, we will look at a) research done in the field, b) doctors that have prescribed Cannabis sativa to their patients, and c) the U.S. government's stance on the issue.

First, we'll look at some research done in this topic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has an article on the uses of medicinal marijuana and how, if enough clinical trials are carried out, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) may in fact accept Cannabis as a medicinal herb (2). Also, the site states, "However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications (2)." The FDA has already approved of some applications of marijuana in medicine. It's clear that even the government agrees that marijuana has medicinal uses.

Second, we'll examine the testimony of doctors and patients who have used marijuana to treat illnesses. For example, the laws in California dictate that you must have symptoms of
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Radiation Therapy Side Effects
  • Variety of Other Chronic, Debilitating or Terminal Illnesses
in order to have a physician prescribe you medicinal marijuana (3). After this, your physician can write you a prescription for medicinal marijuana, which allows you to pick up marijuana at a dispensary. Other doctors prescribe Cannabis for hospice. Huffington Post writes, "Three out of four doctors would prescribe marijuana to a patient who was experiencing pain from cancer, according to the results of a poll published in the New England Journal of Medicine (4)." Read more on the article linked.

Finally, the government has taken a stand on the use of Cannabis in medicine. An Act, passed in 1996 in California, clearly states that "seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief (5)." The Act also states that "patients and their primary care-givers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction (5)." And it's not only California that recognises the use of Cannabis in the field of medicine, as 23 other states have laws on how marijuana is in fact a medicine (6).

In conclusion, the research, doctors, and government all agree that Cannabis sativa has use in the medical field, and thus, should not be considered a schedule one drug by the United States Controlled Substances Act.

I look forward to Pro's rebuttal.

Sources:
(1) http://www.dea.gov...
(2) https://www.drugabuse.gov...
(3) http://unitedpatientsgroup.com...
(4) http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
(5) http://www.canorml.org...
(6) http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org...
Debate Round No. 2
Suckmyass420

Pro

Suckmyass420 forfeited this round.
David_Debates

Con

Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
Suckmyass420

Pro

Suckmyass420 forfeited this round.
David_Debates

Con

Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
Suckmyass420

Pro

Suckmyass420 forfeited this round.
David_Debates

Con

Pro has forfieted more rounds than he has not. His arguments are faulty, he contradicts himself, and has not responded to my arguments.

Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by MagicAintReal 1 year ago
MagicAintReal
Yeah, you should be Con on this topic, and if the language filter allowed you to use this screen name, that's awesome!
Keep it, it's funny.
Posted by I_Wanna_Rawk 1 year ago
I_Wanna_Rawk
I don't understand. Your title implies that the debate is about all pot, but your arguments are about its medical use. Then you start talking about how you just want to smoke it in peace. Please get your argument in order or clarify, then I would be happy to debate you.
Posted by Forthelulz 1 year ago
Forthelulz
Your position is in favor of prohibiting the manufacture and consumption of cannabis products, but your argument is against it.
Also, that username is against the rules, which you should read here:
http://www.debate.org...
Cheers
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Vote Placed by dsjpk5 1 year ago
dsjpk5
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro ff many times, so conduct to Con.