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Marijuana should be legalized

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Started: 3/30/2011 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Marijuana is classified as a drug. With the word "drug" used many people refer to it as harmful. The truth is many people place opinions on things that they have never tried or researched. Don't ditch ideas; till you know both sides. Its like ditching all other religions with out really researching all of them.

Pro Points -
Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol
Marijuana is simply a plant; not a chemically created substance
Marijuana effects people differently (positively/ negatively)
Does not harm the liver or other organs- Maybe lungs but not enough research has been put into marijuana
The majority of people living in medically legal states are abusing the law anyways
Works as a natural pain reliever

Christan View- God made everything on earth; and with that he created this plant
(I am not any particular religion, so I do not base upon religion views)

As far as work views it should be something that should be removed from a drug test. But should act as alcohol - Meaning not to be used during work hours. But something on your own time (weekends; relaxing [AFTER] work. etc.)


"Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol"
This is one of the least logical arguments for the legalization of marijuana. Sleeping with an iron turned on and in bed with you is less dangerous than jumping off a twelve story building but that doesn't mean you should try it. When it comes to the debate about legalization of marijuana, the health facts are irrelevant. If the government really cared about what substances were harmful or not harmful, cigarettes and alcohol wouldn't be legal either. I'm agreeing with you: as far the literal physical effects go, alcohol is more harmful. But it is not all about the health effects.

"Marijuana is simply a plant; not a chemically created substance"
So? What does this have to do with legalization? Once again, obviously the government doesn't care very much about this because pretty much all drugs (medicine) are chemically created substances.

"Marijuana effects people differently (positively/ negatively)"
So does acid, alcohol and pretty much every other substance you could put in your body. Medicines have side effects, and people even react differently to food, whether it be an allergy or food actually affecting behavior [1]. The problem is not the people who react positively to marijuana, it's those who react negatively. And there's no way to keep the people who react negatively from using it.

"Does not harm the liver or other organs"
Again, the health effects argument is irrelevant when talking about legalization. But yes, it is harmful to lungs.

"The majority of people living in medically legal states are abusing the law anyways"
So if a majority of teenagers are skipping school should we just go ahead and say they don't have to go? You don't get rid of a law banning something just because people are breaking it.

"Works as a natural pain reliever"
There are other natural ways to relieve pain that don't have the negative effects that marijuana does [2].

"Christan View- God made everything on earth; and with that he created this plant"
Seriously? I doubt God would give his endorsement for marijuana use. Either way, this is an irrelevant argument because you can't base logic off of religion; not everyone believes in Christianity, therefore, it can't be considered a universal truth.

Con Points
- Marijuana does make you lazy and unambitious. I concede that the more you smoke, the lazier you would be, so not every single person that smokes marijuana is lazy, and even heavy smokers can be motivated, but this is an exception to the rule. In my high school, every single person that I know of who smokes marijuana is not a motivated student. I can't think of any exception to this. They aren't all failing either, but they certainly aren't giving their best efforts. Marijuana may not be physically harmful but it is harmful to your overall quality of life. You get out of life what you put into it. So if you put minimal effort into it because you're high, you won't get much out. And just so we're clear, I'm not saying it is solely marijuana that has this effect. It's all drugs, including alcohol. If you abuse it, you just aren't going to be a productive member of society except in very rare cases (like a functioning alcoholic), and let's face it: so many people abuse drugs, even marijuana. Especially teenagers, who are in such a crucial period of growing up that they need all the motivation they can get to have a successful future.

"Marijuana is addictive. More teens are in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.

Source: Treatment Episodes Data Set (TEDS) 1992-2002, SAMHSA, 2006

Young people who use marijuana weekly have double the risk of depression later in life.

Source: Patton, GC et al. "Cannabis use and mental health in young people: cohort study." British Medical Journal, 325: 1195–1198, 2002

Heavy Marijuana users are more likely than non-users to be diagnosed with schizophrenia later in life. A recent study found that people who had used marijuana more than 50 times before the age of 18, had a three fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia later in life.

Source: Zammit, S et al., "Self-reported cannabis use as a risk factor for schizophrenia in Swedish conscripts of 1969: historical cohort study," British Medical Journal, 325:1199-1201, 2002 Arseneault L, et al., "Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult psychosis: longitudinal prospective study," British Medical Journal, 325:1212-1213, 2002

Weed can cause increased heart rate and make some users extremely anxious or paranoid.

Source: NIDA. Marijuana: Facts for Teens, 2008 Thank you for visiting You are now leaving the site. The Office of National Drug Control Policy is not responsible for the content or information gathering practices of other websites you are linking to.

Heavy marijuana use impairs young people's ability to concentrate and retain information.

Source: Pope HG et al., "Early-onset cannabis use and cognitive deficits: what is the nature of the association?" Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 69(3): 303-310, 2003.

The short-term effects of marijuana can include problems with memory and learning.

Source: NIDA. Marijuana: Facts for Teens, 2008" [3]

Marijuana is not as physically harmful as other drugs, and even over the counter drugs can be harmful. Marijuana's real negative points lie in its psychological and quality of life effects. While there are exceptions to every rule, as I've said before, in my personal experience people who use marijuana regularly are much less likely to be productive members of society.

Debate Round No. 1


You do put up a good argument towards "con". Although I would like to state that Marijuana is not a "addictive" It may become a habit but is not something that is relied on. It does not take rehab to quite smoking marijuana. You have stated a good view on both sides that not all users are effected negatively, they are still capable of getting good grades, etc. In chronic usage it "can" impair motivation. Although as stated it effects people differently as with the strain of marijuana it can actually make you feel creative and motivated. There's pot heads and the occasional smokers- pot heads are the ones not truly chasing life to its fullest. But, the same rule applies for legal substances such as pain killers, and alcohol; there's a abusers to every substance. Even with an age restriction placed; it makes no difference as kids can still access the substance. So I guess the argument should be more of marijuana shouldn't be drug tested for. Either you have a good employee or not; what they do on the sidelines shouldn't change the look of the employee.


You're right, I've never seen scientific evidence that marijuana is physically addictive, but it can be psychologically addictive. If a person tells him or herself that they need the drug, then they will believe it. I'm not sure what you're arguing for when you say it doesn't take rehab to quit marijuana, because it doesn't take rehab to quit any type of drug. Rehab is extremely helpful and effective, but it is possible to quit a drug on your own.

You said there are abusers to every substance. Very true. Then why should we keep legalizing drugs so that more people have an opportunity to abuse them?

I take it that you're changing the subject of the debate now from legalization to drug testing.

"Either you have a good employee or not; what they do on the sidelines shouldn't change the look of the employee."
Would you feel the same way about this if the employee was an incredibly talented, hard-working and overall great addition to the company but on the weekends they committed robbery? I am in no way trying to say that marijuana would lead to this, it's an analogy and nothing more. There is a strong belief that marijuana does lead to other drugs, and an even stronger (and more evidential) belief that drugs lead to dangerous, crime-committing behavior. Whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug is not relevant, simply because an employer who believes marijuana is bad will most likely drug test for marijuana, and an employer who doesn't believe marijuana is bad probably wouldn't. It's all about opinion. Obviously, this pertains to smaller companies. A franchise owner who runs a small part of a huge company probably wouldn't be able to choose what is tested for and what isn't.

Employers want their employees to represent the company in a positive manner. Marijuana is a very controversial subject, and since many people view it as a "bad" drug, some employers feel the need to protect the company from earning a bad reputation among some people. It's why employers look at potential employees' Facebook profiles. What you do outside of work does impact your job.
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