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Debate Score:81
Arguments:34
Total Votes:110
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Should Weed be legilized?

yes

Side Score: 42
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no

Side Score: 39
3 points

yeah, so all the stupid people can be stoned in their house instead of out on the streets with a picket sign.

Side: yes
4 points

I disagree with your assertion that only stupid people do weed. A large portion of modern music an art has been inspired by marijuana. These people were intelligent and creative and marijuana allowed helped them reach there potential as artists. I also know plenty of very intelligent people who currently use or have used the drug.

Side: yes
ThePyg(6743) Disputed
5 points

i guess joke isn't in your vocabulary, but since you decided to go about it... lets refute some of this.

most of the artists did waaaaay more than weed. weed is not the most inspirational type of drug, all it does is relax your brain so you stop thinking at all. LSD, on the other hand, has actually been apart of the music industry waaaay more than weed. and still, i wouldn't call most artists intelligent at all. creative, sure, but intelligent???

i never said that ONLY stupid people do weed, but at least all the stupid people who do (cause i know way more stupid people who do than smart people) will just be at home instead of wasting my time with their protests.

Side: yes
2 points

I have always felt that it should be DECRIMINALIZED. Some states (like Texas) treat it as bad as homicide. At worst, it should be a fine for quantities over a few ounces.

I know better than to presume it would ever be "legal" but certainly we waste boatloads of tax dollars worrying about this silly drug when we should be concerned about rapists, crack dealers, and corrupt politicians.

Side: yes
2 points

I support legalizing marijuana, because those countries that have marijuana legal have less problems with schedule 1 drugs. What happens in the US is that those who do smoke marijuana get caught with it and get put on probation. While they are on probation that start using Schedule 1 drugs like Cocaine, which exits your system in no more than 72hrs. This is why marijuana is a gateway drug. For those who do not smoke marijuana, I don't think that making it legal would make much of a difference. Marijuana is like cigarettes being so easy to come by that if you wanted to smoke it you would go get you some. By legalizing marijuana maybe some of our tax money used to keep those in prison for having marijuana could go towards something better, like education.

Side: yes
1 point

1. Weed is not physiologically addictive, as opposed to say..tobacco

2. You can't OD on weed like you can with alcohol - you have to eat like four pounds of it or something.

3. It has little to no long term negative effects (decreases in short term memory + attention span for people smoking once a day for like 30 years)

4. Although Obama recently dismissed the idea, weed would be good for the economy - You tax it, people buy it, the government makes bank.

5. Weed helps you think in new ways. What's wrong with that?

6. Mexico is imploding right now because of drug cartels whose main cash crop is weed.

One of the best arguments I've heard made is that weed is no worse than alcohol or tobacco. No matter what else, if that's true, then there is no reason for weed not to also be legal.

Sure people can become psychologically addicted to weed, but they can get addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, gambling just as easily. All of which are already legal.

Side: yes
1 point

Marijuana can prevent lung cancer.

Lung cells have a part of their DNA that serves as a self-destruct mechanism, so new ones can grow in. Tobacco destroys this sequence, so cells will keep replicating without self-destructing. Marijuana just kills the cell outright instead of messing up its DNA, so it's not only less harmful, it can prevent a bit of the damage tobacco does. Cuts tumor growth by half in mice.

Side: yes
1 point

My Spring semester of my freshman year in college was when I discovered weed. This semester I pulled 3 A's and a B, successfully worked out five days a week despite "the munchies" and held a steady job. I was not late for class or the job, and thus disproved that pot smokers are unproductive members of society. At my peak I was smoking once every day. Statistics also show that no one has died as a result of weed, nor gotten addicted, nor gotten a "hangover" the morning after, and alcohol has led me to do more things I regretted, disproving that weed is the true "gateway" drug. Weed has also been scientifically proven to NOT directly cause lung cancer as cigarettes do, and if legalized, the revenue will soar sky high. Legalize it!

Side: yes
1 point

because it expands the horizons and if you get high you feel good but dont have too much coz thats just stupid

Side: yes

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

Side: yes
0 points

First off weed is a great source for clothing, rope, fuel, and medician.

Side: yes
ThePyg(6743) Disputed
6 points

you mean hemp...

Side: yes

Isn't that funny...I don't think your question had anything to do with HEMP being useful. I used to be a weed smoker in the 60's, 70's and 80's along with other things offered along the way. I never really drank so pot was a miracle to me. I've thought about it for many years and today we know a great deal about what we inhale or ingest than we did back then.

After all that wonderful thinking I came to the conclusion that weed should not be legalized because of the abuse factor and not for any other reason. If I was still out there partying like I did years ago, I'd probably enjoy a few tokes for a nice buzz and although marijuana itself does NOT lead to other drugs, in the wrong hands a person with an addictive mindset/personality WILL go past the joint or two over the week-end. Pot laced with what have you will send you reeling and there is plenty of stuff out there to lace it with. For the safety of all, I would say no, don't legalize it with the exception of those who are terminally ill and have been prescribed it to calm them and take away some of the pain.

Side: No it's too risky overall
2 points

The reason that we find weed laced with other, more dangerous drugs is because it is sold by drug dealers. If instead it were legal then those people who sold it could be held responsible for how they grow their marijuana and what, if anything, they add to it. As it is, most people aren't willing to ask to many questions when it comes to where their weed is from.

Also, if marijuana was legal then people would use it as a substitute for other substances like cigarettes or alcohol. This would be a positive effect because medically speaking, marijuana is less harmful than either alcohol or cigarettes.

http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7723

Finally, I believe that legalizing marijuana could lead to a decrease in those who smoke it (I know this sounds ridiculous but hear me out). 42% of U.S. citizens admit to having smoked marijuana once, whereas in the Netherlands where the substance is legal, only 20% have tried it. Clearly there is a mental aspect involving marijuana's prohibition that gives it a greater appeal.

Supporting Evidence: How Pot Became an American Pastime (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Side: No
-1 points

It's perfect in every way

Side: yes

I spent all weekend pulling weeds and spraying Round-Up and laying plastic down to keep the weeds from coming up again, etc. If I had my druthers I would ban weeds so fast it would make your head spin and further more I would..... wait..... we're not talking the same thing, are we?

Side: No
2 points

It is proven that pots and other related substances can do harm not for just one self but for the society as a whole. And if we want this to be legalize, then we will try to legalize too some harmful substances again soon after. This is not the solution to the problem. And the Bureau of Food and Drugs wouldn't set it illegal for nothing.

Side: no
0 points

Weed is already legal in other countries. If you don't agree with this policy of American law, then GTFO and go somewhere that suits your needs better. The reason most people want to live in America is because we have amazing policies and laws that not many other countries have. So if you are going to make a fuss over a stupid thing like this, then just GTFO of America and move to somewhere in Europe, South America, or Mexico.

Side: No
3 points

Seriously! Who the hell would vote this down?! It is human nature to bitch and moan about what they don't like about where they are/live. Plus it is pointless to start a revolution about something banned for a reason! The reason mexicans are migrating to America is because we fucking rule! So like Altarion said: "If you don't agree with American law, then GTFO" OR STFU!

Side: No
Cdelvalle(196) Disputed
2 points

Um. Ever heard of prohibition?

Ever read about how it got overturned because of american citizens revolting against it?

The fact that people can come together to change laws is part of what makes this country great.

Side: yes
altarion(1955) Disputed
1 point

Revolutions have happened and have been successful in the past, but honestly, who is going to support a revolution to legalize a drug like Pot to be used when it was banned for our protection? And don't even say "We revolted against the ban of alcohol." because it is quite obvious that Pot does far more damage to yourself and those around you than alcohol does. The fact that we can revolt against something doesn't mean we should. If we legalize something that makes people stop caring about their lives and only want to get "high" then we are pretty much setting a course for our downfall as a civilization.

Side: No