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Debate Score:95
Arguments:65
Total Votes:116
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Should Marijuana be made legal in the United States for recreational use?

This is an interesting topic because of how controversial it is.  Many studies have shown that Marijuana doesn't hurt your body as a whole as much as alcohol and other drugs do. Marijuana is also used in medical practices.  But does this mean we should make it legal for recreational use?

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Side Score: 22
3 points

I think that this whole issu3 is ridiculous. It should not even be question3d weither or not marijuana is [email protected] it just should be. Yes marijuana is harmfull to you but so is alot of things that are legal. NUmber one standing fact is that alcohol alone has been charted to have claimed 100,00 lives a year and is still legalized and where are the statistics of marijuana related deaths... but besides that if im not mistakein (correct me if im wrong) but marijuana now has been decriminalized by the government an now lies in the hands of the individual states ..so come on people sell the weed not the seeds u can still make profit .. w3ll imma end it there but If u dont Agr33 u have Obviously never smok3ed before BUT..just try one time you wont b3 a hypocrite just think of yourself as an experimentalist if u still dont agree u aint smokin the right shiiT .. :D

Side: No

Yes, there are no deaths related to the actual use for marijuana this past year or ever in terms of health reasons.

Side: yes
Republican2(350) Disputed
1 point

The only reason that no one is ever reported dying from it is because it's impossible to overdose on it. There have been plenty of highway deaths associated with marajuanna use.

Side: yes
cullenjb(18) Disputed
-1 points

Whether it kills people or not, it still is harmful to your body. Ingesting smoke is not good for you. To say something should be made legal because it is less harmful or because it doesn't KILL someone is ridiculous.

Side: No
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
3 points

There are many things that are harmful to the body. Smoking cigarettes is harmful to the body and is still legal. As you stated above alcohol is more harmful than smoking marijuana, but it is still legal.

Side: yes
ReichPride(49) Disputed
3 points

Ok how about lets make it legal because it is NOT HARMFUL. The only negative side effects only come from the fact that people smoke it. You can cook and or vaporize your weed which will get rid of the smoke related issues. And I would argue that the fact that alcohol is MUCH MORE HARMFUL and KILLS ATLEAST THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE each year is enough to say that it should be legal.

Side: SMOKE WEED EVERDAY
2 points

In your description, you have stated "Many studies have shown that Marijuana doesn't hurt your body as a whole as much as alcohol and other drugs do."

So, if doesn't hurt your body, what is the big deal for recreational use? People should have the choice just like people choose to eat fatty foods and drink soda. Studies show how those items are harmful to the body. Diabetes, and stroke.

Side: yes
johnnyboy46(211) Disputed
1 point

Most issues like this, such as sex between minors and alcohol, come down to one thing: it's your choice. If you want to ruin your life, be my guest. It isn't the goverment's job to control that.

Side: yes
khaOs(13) Disputed
1 point

Then by your logic, alcohol and tobacco should also be illegal, right?

Because right now in the U.S., those two substances ARE legal to purchase in ANY AMOUNT, from almost any place.

So the question is, since marijuana IS less harmfull to the mind and body than both alcohol and tobacco, WHY are those who use it recreationally, denied to make that choice?

Side: yes
cpoandkej123(6) Disputed
1 point

if it was wrong, they would not give it to you at the HOSPITAL... and it has not ever effected anyone I've known in a negative way. after you have tried it, then say something about it.

Side: HECK YEAAAAAAAAAA
2 points

Yeah I guess.

As I said there is no point in using up tax money on a "Drug War" that will never end.

The only thing that will happen if they legalize it is that it will get more users.

I believe it could effect our economy.

Side: yes

The worse thing that will happen is more dope heads. It will only raise tax revenue and it would effect the economy. It would create thousands of jobs. Weed is the largest cash crop in the world. Get rid of cartels.

Side: yes

It would be good for the economy. We could tax it. It would be great!

Side: yes
1 point

oh and i smoke alot and thers nothing wrong with me i have really good grades and am in advanced classes so ye aweed rocks

Side: yes

Man, mad props to you. If you can manage all that and still smoke, I have all the respect in the world for you.

Side: yes
1 point

what do you mean mad props? the only reason lots of stoners dont have good grades is because they realize school is fucking stupid. i have average grades but i still consider myself fairly intelegent even though i smoke pretty much everyday. weed doesnt do shit to your ability to do well in school.

Side: SMOKE WEED EVERDAY

Here's the solution: Legalize marijuana and just tax it. That'll cut down on law enforcement costs, plus the cops can worry about more important stuff like making sure national heathcare plans don't get passed. Oh wait...

Side: yes

The only health danger is the tar, which can be practically eliminated with vaporizers; legalization would open up a larger market for vaporizers, increasing demand, increasing competition and bringing prices down so that the market expands even more. Also as part of the condition for legalization the government can provide tax breaks and such for such companies, to decrease the only serious health risk and to improve the economy.

If the purpose of a law is to give as much freedom to people without allowing those people to neglect or abuse others rights, then what right is being threatened by marijuana usage? So called "hard drugs" can lead to many social issues and can actually be directly correlated, and scientifically shown to be part of the cause of right violations. Marijuana has less correlation to such things then the few currently legal drugs. Marijuana is unjustly prohibited.

Side: yes

If we legalized marijuana, it would likely bankrupt the cartels, which are profitable because they are the biggest "under the table" distributer. People would have no reason to buy from them when they could grow their own, or buy it cheaply from WalMart. The problem is that people under the influence of marijuana are more likely to commit crimes. If it is legalized, we need to be prepared to dump unlimited capital case appeals and do some executing.

Side: yes
Bohemian(3861) Disputed
1 point

The problem is that people under the influence of marijuana are more likely to commit crimes.

There is not a single shred of scientific evidence to support this notion.

Side: No
Republican2(350) Disputed
1 point

Common sense does. Have you ever seen people do stupid things while under the influence of marijuana? Things they wouldn't have done otherwise? I have. But for the sake of argument lets say it doesn't cause any harmful mind altering effects (which I'm sure you'll argue next). Do you know of anyone who has been fired for marijuana use? There's a lot of companies that would fire people for that even if it wasn't illegal. When people don't have an income, they get desperate, especially when they want more money for their next fix. Desperate people do desperate (and often illegal) things.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, legalize it, regulate it and tax the heck out of it. If the tax on cigarettes can be $5.00/pack imagine what we could tax pot for!

Side: yes
1 point

Si, porque el hecho de que la mariguana sea ilegal crea un tema "tabú" y esto, por la psicología humana, hace que a los jóvenes sin un buen juicio moral les sea más atractiva. Sin embargo, esto no la hace menos dañina, solamente menos atractiva. Pero si hay estudios que indican que la mariguana no es tan dañina como se dice, entonces el hecho de que sea legal solamente causaría un daño en su adicción, lo cual se podría manejar subiéndole el precio o creando leyes que regulen y desinsentiven su consumo.

Side: yes
1 point

most every one wants it to be legal for recreational use just look at the stats

Side: Yes
1 point

Without a doubt. And I can't believe how many advocating for marijuana legalization still insist it's a harmful substance! Marijuana has never resulted in a death -- in fact, it's been estimated that in order to die from marijuana, a person would actually need to "consume nearly 1500 pounds within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response" X.

Furthermore, marijuana has a long list of medicinal benefits, most notably for its treatment of cancer and glaucoma. Casual smoking has also been shown to "increase lung airflow rates and lung volume" X. It also promotes neurogenesis (brain cell growth) X.

Lastly, we're all potheads in the loosest sense of the word because our bodies naturally possess cannabinoid receptors which are designed to process cannabinoids like THC (one of marijuana's main components), in turn assisting us naturally with strengthened immunity and pain management. These cannabinoids are even naturally found in breast milk, which assist with newborn development X.

Side: Yes

States can make plenty of money from the sale of legalized marijuana.

Side: Yes
0 points

i think marijuana is a good thing to be legal cause they can tax it and it some amazing shi

Side: yes
0 points

Of course. The simple reason is: Alcohol and Tobacco.

How can Marijuana be illegal, if Alcohol (which is much more powerful on the mind and body) and Tobacco (which is much more addictive) can be purchased in any amount, at almost any place?

Side: yes
0 points

Ill make it simple... Legal 420 = More Taxes, Lets take money from the drug dealers and put it back into our communities! You will be knocking out two birds with one stone!

Side: yes
1 point

No, I've had first hand experience of what it's like to be around people smoking marijuana. It's a bad pungent odor that can be smelled several yards away. I mean when you can smell someone smoking marijuana from down the street, it's a social issue. In time even the smell gives me a bad headache. Maybe it's in my head, but none of you have the right to put me through that just so that you can say you can get baked legally.

At least cigars and cigarettes odors dissipate fairly quickly, and their odor, while somewhat bad, are not sharp bad pungent odors that carry down the street and waft through people's windows.

Geez, I can't even have my window open sometimes on a warm summer night or a decent time in my backyard on a Friday night because of my next door neighbor who doesn't seem to care that the odor is very strong across the fence in my yard.

It's ridiculous really. Not to mention, with all the problems we have with the mind-altering substance called alcohol, we'd be opening a whole new host of problems if marijuana were legalized, not to mention the public health concern. I know, I know, Marijuana only alters the mind and it has no harmful fumes, yeah, well, wait until it goes public and it's everywhere, I think we'll find, as we do with almost everything, it's not what we assumed it would be. We may even find it's not as safe as we thought. And imagine someone who happens to be very allergic to the stuff, you can smell that stuff from several yards away, and in some cases as far as football field or more if the wind is just right.

I have no issues with it being legalized for people to do on their own, away from the public, but that's not what will happen is it. No, what will happen is people will test their boundaries, insist that it can be smoked anywhere regardless of who is affected by it, and that will go on for a while until it's finally brought to court, and years later legislation is finally made that says it can't be smoked in public places or where it causes other discomfort. Then people will fight that saying that there are not harmful side-effects, if in fact we don't discover any, which we won't at first, and they will attempt to smoke it in places where others are affected by it anyway.

And then we've proven how responsible we are with legal mind-altering substances by how we use alcohol. Some of us are while many others of us are not, and really, to legalize marijuana would mean a whole new era of legislation to control everyone that would not regard others in their use of the substance. At least now, they have to regard others or risk having the police called on them.

Side: No
ReichPride(49) Disputed
4 points

WHAT THE FUCK!!! Youre argument is based on the fact that you dont like the smell of marijuana? What the fuck kind of argument is that? Is febreze illegal because people are allergic to it? Your arguemnt is so fucking dumb. Raise a valid point then we will talk!

Side: SMOKE WEED EVERDAY

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Side: yes
johnnyboy46(211) Disputed
2 points

Reichpride is right. If you don't like the smell, you could move, you could talk to your neighbor, or you could try something revolutionary. You could IGNORE IT!

Side: yes
1 point

Marijuana is a DRUG. These substances cause negative effects on the human body. Alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine are great examples of why marijuana should not be legalized. All of these substances cause detrimental effects on the human body. Alcohol has the ability to destroy your liver, and tobacco can cause many forms of cancer. Marijuana makes you sleepy and hungry, it is USELESS. If you want to do something "recreational" you should go out and exercise or play a sport. Smoking a useless plant isn't "recreational."

Side: Absolutely not
Bohemian(3861) Disputed
4 points

Marijuana is a DRUG. These substances cause negative effects on the human body. Alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine are great examples...

...of completely legal drugs.

great examples of why marijuana should not be legalized.

On the contrary, they are great examples of why marijuana should be legalized. Both Tobacco and Alcohol are entirely legal, and have much much worse health affects than does Marijuana. There have been exactly ZERO cases of marijuana overdose.

Marijuana makes you sleepy and hungry

And this is a valid reason for it to be illegal????

it is USELESS.

So are many other legal things. Being useless is not sufficient reason to make something illegal.

This is a lazy argument.

Side: yes
Muds(10) Disputed
1 point

Correction, marijuana is not a drug it is a substance. Sure it makes you sleepy and hungry but it also makes you happy! You left that part out.

Side: yes
hoegy(308) Disputed
1 point

Marijuana destroys the brain you forgot to mention that part.

Side: No
1 point

The answer to the question, does marijuana effect the brain? Marijuana does not effect the brain in damage, but it can alter in functions. Marijuana effects the perception of time, distance, and speed. It upsets motor coordination, causing unsteady hands, a change in gait, uncontrolled laughter, and a lag between thought and facial expressions. Sexual functions can also be disturbed. Short-term memory deteriorates. In early stages of the use of marijuana, some users will suffer from nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most users may find that when they are high the whites of their eyes and facial skin become red, and the pupils dilate and become sensitive to light, increase in appetite, and a dryness in the mouth and throat. What all these effects have in common is that they result from changes in the brain's control centers, located deep in the brain. "Deep brain functions separated from conscious thought processes. The deep relay centers feed information to the controlling mechanisms of the consciousness." So, when marijuana disturbs functions centered in the deep control centers, disorienting changes in the mind occur (I think that is right). The user's psychomotor coordination becomes impaired. One may suffer or develop illusions and hallucinations, have a difficulty in remembering events which just occurred, slowed thinking and a narrow attention span, "depersonalization, euphoria or depression, drowsiness or insomnia, difficulty in making accurate self-evaluation, a loss of judgment, and mental and physical lethargy." 123helpme.com

This make you want to smoke mary? :) cus it certainly doesnt apeal to me.

Side: No
chatturgha(1630) Disputed
2 points

Everyone has different body chemistry.

Example, there was once a man who lived to the age of 115 off of nothing in his last 20 years but raw pork and gallons of red wine.

Another example: Some people under the influence of marijuana have increased motor control, increased focus, increased efficiency in memory, etc; and some people experience these things WITHOUT experiencing anything bad either.

Inevitable point: If you don't like the health risk of Mary Jane, don't smoke it. But when you jail hundreds, maybe thousands, of people a year for smoking a drug that is harmless in comparison to alcohol and tobacco, then your laws have a serious problem.

Illegal marijuana is as inefficient as Prohibition. The difference is that the punishment is worse, and the drug is far less dangerous.

I would argue that marijuana should be illegal as long as all other drugs are illegal, but then again, marijuana has actually treated people with anorexia and helped other people with loss of appetite. What does alcohol do that helps when you ingest it? Nothing. It helps when you swab it on an open wound, but then again, why ingest such a thing? A thing so rancid it kills bacteria automatically?

The answer is that people just do. Prohibition proved that people always will, no matter what any government tries to do. Instead of jailing people, it should be legal, and taxed, and controlled by the government so that it doesn't somehow contribute to killing people.

Then maybe one day, the government will be able to stop tobacco and alcohol companies from killing people to.

Side: yes
-1 points

NO NO NO.It is a drug. people think chocane or steroids are good for them but it is terrible. It causes negative effects on the human body. Some times people get so drugged they don't realize they killed people.

Side: No
Bohemian(3861) Disputed
1 point

There is no valid comparison to be drawn between cocaine and marijuana. Marijuana is not addictive, it doesn't cause cancer, you cannot overdose on it, and it doesn't make you any more likely to commit other crimes.

The only way it could be dangerous is if you drive under it's influence. Which is no different than most any prescription drug.

I've not seen a single convincing argument for why Marijuana should be illegal.

Side: yes
1 point

It might be somewhat misleading to say it's not COMPLETELY addictive, but apparently so is fast food! Should we ban that as well? Because apparently the right combination of salt and sugar makes you addicted to fast food. I don't know, I saw that on Harry's Law (good show btw). But I think the more fundamental question is should we ban something because A. we don't like it and B. because it's bad for you? I should certainly hope not. Although I think the most compelling is the lack of deaths resulting from marijuana which has stayed consistent, 0.

Side: yes
mb66(26) Disputed
1 point

how can 1 person be so freekin ignorant . marijuana is not a substance , it's a plant.

Marijuana is certainly not mind altering drug , Moron , and furthermore , there's never a case where somebody smoked some weed , went out and then murdered someone , my advise to you is Quit believing everything your mommy tells you.

Side: yes