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should Marijuana be allowed in the USA

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/6/2011 Category: Health
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
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coolmikeb

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I say that Marijuana shouldn't be allowed in the USA for many reasons. First, it is used in black market. Second of all, it can kill and causes cancer heal wise. Third, it is an abused herb that is grown. This is a very dangerous herb and should only be used medical wise. This is my report on why marijuana should be illegal
bluesteel

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Thanks mike. For future reference, don't make debates that are only one round since you can't refute your opponent's case.

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Marijuana used on the black market - it wouldn't be, if we decriminalized it, like the resolution says.

It can cause cancer - so can cigarettes, through the same mechanism - smoking. 1) People should be given a choice. If it doesn't hurt others, it's paternalistic to tell us what we can and can't do with our own bodies. 2) No risk of cancer if you eat it (bake it in a brownie, don't recommend just straight up eating weed) or vaporize it, rather than smoking it. 3) It has health benefits, for those in pain, that may outweigh the risks.

My case

1) Legalizing marijuana would get rid of the black market. If you could buy it at 7-11, there's less risk that you could get marijuana laced with dangerous chemicals/fertilizers, it will be cheaper, and there will no longer be criminal gangs importing and distributing it. It would decease gang violence in Mexico, since a lot of gangs engage in drug smuggling.

2) Marijuana is no worse than cigarettes. The only reason it's banned is because of propaganda (Reefer Madness) that tried to portray it as a psychedelic. It's actually better in many ways, such as being non-addictive, and doesn't cause madness, as once asserted.

3) Most people do it anyway. In polls, 6 out of 10 people admit to doing marijuana. If it's legal, it's safer, cheaper, and we can tax it!!!
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Posted by Koopin 5 years ago
Koopin
"First, it is used in black market."

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Reasons for voting decision: "First, it is used in black market." ummmmm...
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Reasons for voting decision: Sad debate from Con, who failed to present a convincing case against the legalization of marijuana.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct tied, neither was rude or forfeited. S/G to Pro, Con had many grammatical errors. Arguments to Pro, Con's argument were refuted. Sources tied, neither used them. One-round debates don't work well, you don't get a chance to really debate your opponents' views.
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Reasons for voting decision: "Second of all, it can kill and causes cancer heal wise. " - powerful argument from Mike, heal cancer is the leading cause of death among males from 14.5 to 14.75 years old. Bluesteel takes an easy one lap win. 4:1 Con.
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Reasons for voting decision: wow, okay. So Con never did provide any real arguments. Neither side used sources, but at least Pro's were logical and coherent.
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Reasons for voting decision: lol
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Reasons for voting decision: Clear Pro
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Reasons for voting decision: People really shouldn't do 1 round debates.