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The use, sale, and manufacturing of marijuana ought to be legalized in more areas of the US

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Started: 3/16/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Round 1- Acceptance, Historical Background, and Definitions only.
Round 2- Constructive Arguments only.
Round 3- Free choice.
Round 4- Rebuttals/Defences only.
Round 5- Closing Remarks. No new rebuttals/defences/responses/arguments may be made in this round. You may, however, make fresh cross examinations of points, using your own points.

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I am happy to debate this topic and hope that my opponent will use scientific evidence and context in order to prove the legalization of marijuana is wrong or right just as I will. Thank you for this opportunity.
Debate Round No. 1



(A) It is the personal choice of each individual american as to whether or not they smoke marijuana, regardless of the harms (assuming that the persons are informed on the potential harms).

Just as is the case with tobacco and alcohol, each US citizen should be allowed to choose for themselves whether or not they want to use marijuana. As long as the citizen is informed by the manufacturer of the potential harms (as is the case with alcohol and especially tobacco products), it should be the choice of theirs, not the governments, as to whether or not they choose to use marijuana. Each adult citizen is responsible for making these decisions for themselves.

(B) Marijuana can be used for medicinal uses.

Another reason marijuana ought to be legalized in more areas of the US is that marijuana has useful medical employments. Marijuana is used to treat symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. Marijuana is also used to treat glaucoma. Marijuana ought to be legalized to help treat those afflicted with diseases that can be treated with medicinal marijuana.

(C) Legalizing marijuana would reduce drug related crime rates.

With Marijuana legalized, the government would no longer need to arrest all marijuana dealers, only the unlicensed ones. Also governments would not have to arrest users of marijuana. Non-violent drug offenders now account for 1/4 of the prison population (1)

"The cost to put a single drug dealer in jail is about $450,000, composed of the following:

The cost for arrest and conviction is about $150,000.

The cost for an additional prison bed is about $50,000 to $150,000, depending upon the jurisdiction.

It costs about $30,000 per year to house a prisoner. With an average sentence of 5 years, that adds up to another $150,000.

The same $450,000 can provide treatment or education for about 200 people. In addition, putting a person in prison produces about fifteen dollars in related welfare costs, for every dollar spent on incarceration. Every dollar spent on treatment and education saves about five dollars in related welfare costs." (2).

I await my opponents response response eagerly.




(A) Marijuana is harmful to the body and mind.
1. According to studies marijuana contains 50-70% more cancer causing substances than tobacco smoke, and can cause up to five times more damage to the throat than a cigarette. Also, long term usage has been linked to bronchitis and respiratory illnesses. Finally, marijuana can cause infertility in men, and can cause severe birth defects in children. Marijuana use can also cause premature birth and reduced mental capabilities in the child. Although it is indeed a person's choice to use marijuana despite known risks, it is not a child's choice to be born with defects or problems.
2. The psychological effects of marijuana are well documented. documented psychological ailments linked to the use of marijuana include: depression, schizophrenia, amotivational syndrome, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, depersonalization, derealisation, a feeling of loss of control, and irrational panic and paranoia. These are documented as occurring during use of marijuana, and after abstinence or in between uses.

(B) The link between marijuana use and violence.
1."Marijuana use is a major factor in violent crimes. The National Institute on Marijuana Abuse and Marijuanaism estimates that 95-99% of violent crimes in the United States are linked to the use of marijuana. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Justice, that translates to about 100,000,000 marijuana-related violent crimes per year." A nonviolent user of marijuana has a potential to become violent due to the use of marijuana.
Debate Round No. 2


tylergraham95 forfeited this round.


melody1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


I am sorry for ff'ing that last round. Comncast is terrible.

My opponents points are based only on incredibly biased sources with no real credibility.


I would ask my opponent where an unbiased website that states an opinion exists. Also, if my statements are incorrect please disprove them instead of saying they are incorrect. Finally, here are a few more supporting websites.
P.S. look at all of the sources before voting.
Debate Round No. 4


I'd like to apologize to the readers, the voters, and my opponent for a relatively "meatless" debate. I've been under quite a load of stress as of late and I haven't had the proper time to put real proper effort into this debate. I am not implying that my lack of effort is excusable, but I would like to provide my reason if not only to maintain at least some level of respect. That being said, I will make a brief closing argument here to summarize what has happened in this debate, without violating the rules set out in R1.

Final Focus

As I have stated, my opponent makes many vague claims regarding the dangers and harms of marijuana abuse while citing questionable sources. Further investigation reveals that many claims (such as his claim regarding the 99% of all crime being related to marijuana comes only from an incredibly biased site.

My opponent brings out three new, different sources in the following round, but fails to show how these sources back-up his argument at all.

Finally, my opponent fails to rebut a single point of my argument. Therefore, every point I have made is dropped.


melody1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
1 votes has been placed for this debate.
Vote Placed by Geogeer 7 years ago
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