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Legalize it Do not Legalize it
Debate Score:72
Arguments:58
Total Votes:86
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Legalization of Recreational Use of Marijuana

There is a controversy across the great nation of the United States of America about the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

Legalize it

Side Score: 42
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Do not Legalize it

Side Score: 30
2 points

I agree with you on the fact that there are other ways to raise the economy but understand this is just a proposal. In the end there is no reason that marijuana should be illegal. Pure cannabis which is the weed used recreationally in the states it is already legalized occurs in nature. When we start to outlaw nature we start to lose freedom. Have you ever heard of a mad person who is intoxicated on weed? No because, there are no such people. Cannabis has a extremely low health risk due to the fact that in order to just over dose not die but, overdose they would have to smoke a very large amount in which the human body could not even intake and even if it could the human body would naturally make itself pass out. Over history we have seen when we legalizing a intoxicating substance we have better control over it. For example, alcohol prohibition. During alcohol prohibition the crime rate sky rocketed due to the fact everyone was trying to illegal bootleg alcohol which led to more problems. Once we legalize a substance it is no longer being illegally sold so less crime occurs and the drug could be more regulated ten fold. College universities no longer debate this topic anymore claiming the debate to be weighted more in the legalize sides' favor.

Side: Legalize it
shaash(435) Disputed
2 points

Poison occurs in nature. Should we legalize poison? Also you said "Once we legalize a substance it is no longer being illegally sold so less crime occurs and the drug could be more regulated ten fold." This doesn't even make sense to me. Sorry for another extreme comparison, but if we legalize murder do you really think it would be easier to stop people from doing it. No. It is the same with drugs. As for the people that need to use it because of addictions, they should turn themselves in and get sentenced to therapy. I admit I don't know where the money for this will come from but at least it won't make the problem worse.

Side: Do not Legalize it

Yes, I agree with you... Thanks for sharing your point.... Keep on not supporting the legalisation of Marijuana

Side: Do not Legalize it

Legalized marijuana will bring much needed revenue to the States.

Side: Legalize it
2 points

there is no point in criminalizing something that is not harmful to society at large and stands in sharp contrast to thing which ARE legal and cause a great deal more harm.

Side: Legalize it
1 point

If Marijuana wasn't harmful to the human population, why do you think the government isn't legalising it yet??

Side: Do not Legalize it
skyfish(276) Clarified
2 points

because hemp competes with cotton originally, and now because it is the new jim crow.

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look around you.

Side: Legalize it
1 point

That argument does not have any logical backing. There are multiple lobbyist groups that have a vested interest in maintaining the current legal status of Marijuana, and it has absolutely nothing to do with any possible health effects.

Side: Legalize it
Trent-C(17) Disputed
1 point

Because our government is flawed, and racism is the reason it became outlawed in the first place just look into the the history kid. The dumb DEA still have marijuana as a class 1 drugs ( meaning most harmful, addictive, and high potential to be abused) which has never killed a person in it's existence nor is it at all addictive.

Side: Legalize it
2 points

In North Korea Marijuana grows out on the sides of roads, it's perfectly legal to smoke it, Marijuana isn't even consider a drug there but why risk going there for a free smoke when there's a risk of being shot, other than that, recreational marijuana should be legalized in the U.S.A

Side: Legalize it
shaash(435) Disputed
1 point

Yeah because we definitely want to use North Korea as a role model. Holla at me when North Korea becomes one of the most successful nations in the world.

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

If something good comes out of North Korea, it will probably snow in Singapore (Singapore does not snow at ALL)

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

I support the legalization of marijuana. I believe it would be beneficial to the U.S economy. Also since the U.S needs more means of funding it could tax the drug.

I feel that it is a persons conscious decision to use the drug so they should be allowed to take the drug in the comfort of their own home. My opponent might say that a person intoxicated on marijuana could kill people or be a risk to the public. However, marijuana is a depressant which relaxes the user so the drug would not cause users to be enraged. Finally, marijuana has been proven by many scientists to be less harmful to the human body than cigarettes or alcohol.

Side: Legalize it
1 point

Marijuana might be less harmful than cigarettes or alcohol BUT people who usually do drugs, do smoking and drink alcoholic drinks.

Side: Do not Legalize it
GenericName(3429) Clarified
1 point

Meaning what, exactly?

Side: Legalize it
jwaldman13(7) Disputed
1 point

In some cases this may be true but, this is not a symptom of smoking or ingesting marijuana.

Side: Legalize it
Trent-C(17) Disputed
1 point

Nah man i dislike drinking too many alcoholics in my family, cigarettes are pointless you get nothing off them ,only smoke weed.

Side: Legalize it
Troy8(2431) Disputed
1 point

If we're legalizing something simply because it's good for the economy, where do we draw the line?

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

It's illegal for a reason. The drug industry would loose a lot of money if marijuana is legalized because it handles a large host of problems, including depression and anxiety at low doses (university of kentucky study) and marijuana can be grown affordably at home or anywhere because it's a weed. Legalizing it would take a ton of money out of the pharmaceutical industry and would help ordinary working class people with health problems. The actual list of health and medical conditions marijuana can bear is impressive if you get a chance to google it. It's a big boost for the economy also because most people who use it recreationally would buy from sellers generating a large amount of money flow that wasn't there before. That's my take on it anyways.

Side: Legalize it
1 point

I don't use it, (though I did for a while in my youth). I have traditionally be against it, and a lot of me still wants to be. I will admit this up front. My new attitude is for the wrong reason. It is because I'm getting worn down by those who want to do this so badly. I just want it done, so that this debate will go away. I do have a couple things that I hope the Federal and State Governments will keep in mind. It needs to be dealt with as a regulated substance and fall under Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as, (and this is important), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at both the state and local level, so that tax money can be captured and used for good purposes such as education, economic stimulus. State and federal programs should benefit from it. It should be reserve for those 21 and over. It needs to be under DUI laws, and quick field test needs to be developed for patrol units and highway patrol to use in pull-overs. It will have to be available in bars and other public use areas in it's edible form only so that others don't have to smell it or breathe secondary smoke. Dodging federal or state farming and taxation should be dealt with at least as strongly as moonshining and other illegal alcohol, tobacco and firearm activities. I would beef up that agency big time to watch for illegal growing and distribution outside the same systems of distribution which are legal for alcohol.

Side: Legalize it

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

Side: Legalize it
1 point

I support the legalization of Marijuana. It could be taxed and would be very good for the economy. In Colorado, they built a school with the money they got from the sales. Marijuana can also be used to treat certain illnesses. This PLANT is far safer than smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, and breeds creativity.

Side: Legalize it

You don't always have to go the cunning way to raise the economic of the country. There are always better ways like: Improving the education, settlements and hygiene of the country will further increase the amount of investors in your country. Why would investors invest in countries that are not developing and getting better? Investors invest in a country they know will surely prosper as the time goes by. This will increase the amount of money they get back... from the profits...

Side: Do not Legalize it
jwaldman13(7) Disputed
2 points

I agree with you on the fact that there are other ways to raise the economy but understand this is just a proposal. In the end there is no reason that marijuana should be illegal. Pure cannabis which is the weed used recreationally in the states it is already legalized occurs in nature. When we start to outlaw nature we start to lose freedom. Have you ever heard of a mad person who is intoxicated on weed? No because, there are no such people. Cannabis has a extremely low health risk due to the fact that in order to just over dose not die but, overdose they would have to smoke a very large amount in which the human body could not even intake and even if it could the human body would naturally make itself pass out. Over history we have seen when we legalizing a intoxicating substance we have better control over it. For example, alcohol prohibition. During alcohol prohibition the crime rate sky rocketed due to the fact everyone was trying to illegal bootleg alcohol which led to more problems. Once we legalize a substance it is no longer being illegally sold so less crime occurs and the drug could be more regulated ten fold. College universities no longer debate this topic anymore claiming the debate to be weighted more in the legalize sides' favor.

Side: Legalize it
0 points

If it is ONLY a proposal, why are you defending your cause? This means that you take it seriously...

Side: Do not Legalize it
jwaldman13(7) Disputed
2 points

Also you do not understand the amount of debt we have we have around 18 trillion dollars in debt. Even if all the billionaires in the US and even some from around the world we still could not pay off our debt.

Side: Legalize it
shaash(435) Disputed
1 point

You think making Marijuana legal will help pay off this debt, but I believe it will just make it worse. More people, specifically the new generation, will use marijuana and possibly get addicted to it. This will undoubtedly lead to an increase in theft, homelessness, and probably violence especially in Urban areas where drug use is already common. If instead we raise taxes for the rich, invest in education, and try to help at risk kids, the next generation will be hardworking and have no money problems, therefore boosting the entire economy.

Side: Do not Legalize it
0 points

Then too bad for taking loans, so much for white people inventing everything... They should invent more money for themselves to pay off their loans

Side: Do not Legalize it
2 points

Pointing out other ways of improving the economy does nothing to illegitimatize this as a method of improving the economy. We should legalize marijuana AND improve education.

Your post is not addressing the actual issue at hand, as to whether or not it should be legalized.

Side: Legalize it
0 points

According to Jwaldman, legalisation of Marijuana would help the economy of the country.. And you still say that my argument isn't valid?

Side: Do not Legalize it
skyfish(276) Disputed
2 points

the question was about recreational use, not economic impact.

why evade the question?

do you, or do you not, think that a person should be allowed to legally get high if they so choose?

that's the question.... it's got nothing to do with "profit".

Side: Legalize it
1 point

According to Jwaldman, it was about economic impact.. So, I am just answering his question... What is the summary of Jwaldman's debate? To improve the economic growth....

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

Such a change in legislation would send all the wrong messages to the weak minded lotus eaters who cannot face the sometimes harsh realities of life without a crutch. As well as there being a strong probability that it's use could lead to becoming addicted to stronger narcotics, it has been indisputably proven in many countries that the use of this hallucinatory drug causes many illnesses, both physical and mental, including schizophrenia, especially among youths. The only argument which could realistically be offered as a reason for the legalization of marijuana is that there are so many dumb low lives who are quite happy to harm themselves for whatever relief they derive from this drug. Of course when they become inflicted with a marijuana induced illness they will cry for help, and maybe even sue the legislators for legalizing the drug in the first place.

Side: Do not Legalize it

Yes, I agree with you... This is my point... Thanks for explaining it....

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

Except Kalamazoo's comment, like usual, is completely lacking claims grounded in facts.

Be it his insinuation about marijuana being a gateway drug (the gateway is the dealer, not the drug), his incorrect insinuation about addiction, his false claim that it is hallucinogenic, his false claim that it causes schizophrenia (it can cause episodes for those who already have it, but has not been shown to cause the condition itself), or his insinuation that anyone who uses it "cannot face the harsh realities of life without a crutch".

It his Kalamazoo's typical tripe: Condescension mixed with ignorance wrapped up in a fine layer of sanctimony. I'm just surprised he didn't make some absurdly racist comment about Africans.

Side: Legalize it

Some people are already hooked on Marijuana... When you make it legal, more people will be hooked on it... See the difference?

Side: Do not Legalize it
3 points

There is no substance in marijuana that is physiologically addictive.

Side: Legalize it
1 point

There is no substance in marijuana that is physiologically addictive.

- That is true and not true..

Supporting Evidence: Addictive or Not? (www.psychologytoday.com)
Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

Unfortunately due to our economical and political system the black market of Drugs and especially marijuana is a well-organized trademark.My concerns are that if we legalize marijuana where will this huge amount of black money and black business shift to ?My greatest fear as a non-American citizen is that these market will shift to guns.So,instead of having illegal drugs and illegal marijuana,that is not so hard as a drug and therefore it does not make the risk of direct death,who would like to have illegal guns that do directly risk our own life's?not me...

Side: Do not Legalize it

Do not legalise it...Do not legalise it...Do not legalise it...Do not legalise it...

Side: Do not Legalize it
1 point

What is the point of spamming a debate website?

Side: Legalize it

Repetition makes the point.. Hahahah... that does't make sense... lol

Side: Do not Legalize it