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weed should be legalized ! weed should't be legalized !
Debate Score:26
Arguments:23
Total Votes:28
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Should marajuana, a.k.a weed, be legalized?

In some states, weed is legal. What do you think ???!!!

weed should be legalized !

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weed should't be legalized !

Side Score: 5
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I believe it should. And, if the government taxes it accordingly, we would find a great way to reduce the deficit.

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Finding more things to tax is the wrong way to handle the deficit problem (in my opinion).

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1 point

I agree that we shouldn't tax more "things", but if you introduce a new market, then feel free to put some tax burden on the new market.

Side: weed should't be legalized !

It's the lesser of three evils, yet the only one illegal. The propaganda campaign that made marijuana illegal in America in the first place was one of racism, corporate greed, and scare-tactics. We had guys working for the government department of narcotics going up in open court and trying to assert that if 'marihuana' is allowed into the country, all our good white American daughters will start sleeping with blacks and dirty Mexicans and get syphilis. None of the prejudices against marijuana, or, indeed, the laws restricting marijuana have any basis in research or reality. If they did, weed would be legal and alcohol and tobacco wouldn't be.

I think legalizing something so the the government can make money off of it is a weak argument. The government could make money on heroine or meth if they made those legal, but the impact of those drugs has been shown to be infinitely more severe than that of marijuana.

No, it's the combination of our legal status regarding alcohol and tobacco, the victimless usage of marijuana (and it is victimless, especially when compared to the victims of alcohol and tobacco), and the completely baseless and irrational series of events that led to marijuana being illegal in the first place that make it something that needs be be reevaluated.

Side: weed should be legalized !

I think it should be legalized, but only if it isn't regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco (not that I think they should be either). We all deserve to be able to grow, use and make a profit off of it without the government claiming they have some right to take it from us. If the government will only legalize it if they can take the profit, say who can grow and distribute it and arrest people when it benefits them, then they can keep there pot and go screw themselves!

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1 point

I guess I dont really know about legilizing it , BUT if it was , it would keep most of my friend out of jail .... :D

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1 point

First of all, cannabis still comes from a plant, a gift of mother Earth. I think it's strange they even want to ban a plant.

Second, cannabis has been proved to be far less dangerous than alcohol, which is legal.

Thirdly and finally, regulation is better than letting the criminals take care of the demand. As long as there are people who want to smoke weed, there will be weed available somewhere. Street dealers don't always stick to weed though, some want to try and sell other, much more dangerous shit too.

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it already is in most us states and in other areas of the world.

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1 point

It never should have been made illegal. It was only demonized in order to ban it so that hemp would not be in competition to nylon. Look into the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

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1 point

Yes

Reasons:

Prohibition didn't work, neither will ban of weed

Tax it = money for government

and like after prohibition ended, Mafia / Gang activities will lower, abuse will be lowered, etc.

Ironically, one of the reason it was legalization in the first place was because white people thought black people might begin to think that they are equal to white people if they smoked weed.

No bad effects (the test that "proved" to kill brain cells was poorly conducted).

Actually has medicinal properties unlike tobacco and alcohol that literally poisons your body.

Weed is so much healthier yet people denounce it. If you're worried about people being addicted, first ban tobacco and alcohol.

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I've heard before that marijuana is the number one cash crop in America. Legalizing it would really help our economy.

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Definately, and not just because i smoke ;) Its no mystery that there are dozens of benefits to its legalization. Just a few are the industry (and therefore jobs) it could create, the tax dollars it would no doubt bring, and the reduction of dealing and drug crimes as well as regulation to keep minors safe.

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Marijuana should be legalized because I want to take into consideration the fact that marijuana is more less harmful rather than another drugs such as alcohol, cigarets and cocaine. Moreover all of them lead to very serious consequences and decease.Sometimes they lead even to a sudden death.

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Yes. The legalization of marijuana will bring tons of revenue to a State.

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If we legalised cannabis, up to £900m could be raised annually in taxes, according to the Institute for Economic Research.

States such as Colorado which have legalised cannabis have seen increased tax revenue.

It is established scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible, and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. It is unfair and unjust to treat marijuana users more harshly under the law than the users of alcohol or tobacco.

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I agree with your research. Take your time and try some places out. You don’t have to find your one true dispensary immediately or on the first try. Where legal for recreational use, dispensary, and other marijuana businesses want your business. So, you should expect to find some truly nice marijuana dispensaries.

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1 point

No it shouldn't. Although it seems like a good way to make money for the economy, the effect it will have on people would be bad. Image if you will an adult driving "baked" then crashes into a house and walks away laughing, not knowing that they just seriously injured someone or worse. I have never had a high, but I have seen my friends once and it was looking into the eyes of stranger inside my friends body. Weed is a terrible thing in my option. I am not gonna yell at people not to do it, its their choice, like I choose to not be high. I respects everyones option and I hope you respect mind too. Thank you.

Side: weed should't be legalized !
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Image if you will an adult driving "baked" then crashes into a house and walks away laughing, not knowing that they just seriously injured someone or worse.

I could see how you could arrive here having never tried the plant before, but this would never happen. This actually does happen with alcohol. The level of intoxication you can achieve with alcohol, the level to which it inhibits and alters you, is far greater and far more disabling than anything you can do with weed. When you smoke you can only get so high and then you plateau. When you drink, you can drink until you die or kill someone else.

It's one of the most highly used illegal recreational substances on the planet. If it was actually causing people to crash their cars into other peoples houses and think nothing of it, we would be hearing about it all the time. There are already millions of people who go about their business, driving included, while high. The effect is has on the populace, especially when compared to alcohol, is benign.

Side: weed should be legalized !
magicalme(14) Clarified
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Look for this debate, Im just not for weed to be legalized. It if does become Legalized, im not going to outside and protest day and night. Its whatever. If it is more power to those to make it legal. If not then so be it. :)

Side: weed should be legalized !
channyboi(6) Disputed
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Well the logic behind it is, people do that with alcohol too. Not in an "imagine" situation, it really happens and my friends almost died. Doesn't stop the government from banning alcohol? the logic behind legalizing alcohol but no weed is nonexistent.

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the last time weed becomes hot topic among people. People think that weed is good for heatlh. Moreover, for some people it is bussiness. However, weed is like using drug, people can't see the original picture of disadvantages, because weed breakes the human's organism.

Side: weed should't be legalized !
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the main fear of using weed is traditionary, new generation also will take a weed like their parent

Side: weed should't be legalized !