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Started: 12/3/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 months ago Status: Debating Period
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A bill to make cannabis a legal drug to regulate its usage and bolster our economy. Cannabis is a drug with many purposes and with this bill we can harness the money made when selling this product.

Colorado's successful experiment of legalizing cannabis has been a great for the state's economy. The state reported in 2016 they had made over 60 million dollars just in cannabis tax revenue sales. And an additional 50 million dollars in the sales of the product itself. When adding all that together it comes to an astounding 110 million dollars. That's 110 million dollars they did not have previous to the legalization of marijuana. That's 110 million dollars they can put towards schools infrastructure ext. In Fact a report by mint press news says the school system receives 15 percent of the tax made on the product. in just five months the schools made 13.6 million dollars compared to the 13.3 million made for the whole year last school year. Also since the legalization of marijuana crime has seen a decrease in the state"s capital. A decrease of 9.8 percent has been seen through out the crime system. As you can see colorado has had a rise in state money and a drop in state crimes. Imagine this for the whole united states.

If we were to legalize cannabis to all 50 states we can have a new source of income to the federal government. With this new source of income we can help the infrastructure, the debt and more. We can all agree that the federal government can use more money. We can see this with the 19 trillion dollar debt the united states haves. 19 trillion dollars that seems to continue to grow. Cato institute research has shown when legalizing marijuana we can see over 8.7 billion dollars in federal and state tax. That's 8.7 billion dollars that can be used to help the military to help infrastructure and more issues we see in the states. The united states transportation department reports that one in nine bridges in the united states will need over 76 billion dollars in 2020 for repairs alone. In 2016 we only put 11.1 billion dollars of the budget to infrastructure. Also when legalizing cannabis the states will not have to waste money on local governments enforcing laws. A report by the huffington post says that between 2000 and 2010 local governments spend about 211 million dollars on enforcing the regulations. And in spots where drug crime is large they could be spending up to 250 million dollars. By legalizing marijuana we can eliminate that spending and in place one task force throughout the country to enforce the rules. This would save more than 211 million dollars and use it towards the schools.

As you can see by making cannabis a legal drug the United States and the people who reside here will be making steps in a good direction. Whether it's schools, infrastructure, military or most important, DEBT we can help each issue even more. by making cannabis legal.


Thank you for the opportunity to debate this topic with you, I appreciate your time.

I will be opposing the motion that cannabis should be legalized due to the following reasons: Health, security, and influence.

Before I unpack my first argument, I would like to rebut the propositions first argument. Although there are many economic benefits toward legalizing cannabis, there are also various drawbacks. I would like to first point out that the proposition stated that there was a 9.8 percent decrease within the state"s system, but does not discuss which years this decrease happened in, is this even a true statistic? Even if this statistic were to be true, it is obvious that this decrease of crime would be drug-related, and not violent crimes. In-fact, there was an increase of 3.4 percent of crime-rates in 2016, with a 9.9 percent increase in homicides according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Colorado lawmakers, police and other experts blamed the marijuana industry for the increase according to a report by the Denver Post, written in 2017.

Now I will unpack my first argument, which is health. In an academic report written by Baler, Compton, Weiss, Volkow, the authors state that adults who smoked marijuana in their youth, had fewer fibres in specific brain regions. This issue meant that the alertness and self-conscious of awareness was impaired, as well as their ability to learn and retain information within adults who smoked in adolescence. In other words, the use of cannabis causes a decrease in IQ in adults who smoked in young adulthood. As the proposition says, "Imagine this for the whole United States".

In another academic report, written by Burhan, Mohammad, Kurniawan, and Sidek (2014) stated that social classes actually played a large role in economic growth. The proposition stated earlier that legalizing marijuana lead to economic growth however, if we take into consideration the report above, the brain development issues that occur due to the consumption of cannabis can actually affect an economy"s growth. The article states that in the long-term, 1 IQ indicated a higher economic growth of 2.5-3.8 percent over the period of 40 years.

In another academic journal, (Crean, Crane, Mason, 2011) not only is basic motor coordination impaired, but so is the ability to plan, problem solve, make decisions, remember and control emotions and behaviour. Crean, Crane and Mason (2011) state that the use of cannabis from a young age can have major long-term effects on cognitive growth within individuals. These include impairments of verbal fluency, verbal learning and memory compared to their non-smoking counterparts.

Due to these reasons, we wish for you to support our motion.


Burhan, N. Mohammad, M. Kurniawan, Y. Sidek, A. (2014). The impact of low, average, and high IQ on economic growth and technological progress: Do all individuals contribute equally.
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Crean, R. Crane, N. Mason, B. (2011). An evidence based review of acute and long-term effects of cannabis use on executive cognitive functions.
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Volkow, N. Baler, R. Compton, W. Weiss, S. (2014). Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use.
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Posted by nobleislandbag 3 months ago
Lol I thought the title said, "Legalizing Cannibals"
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