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Debate Score:88
Arguments:90
Total Votes:93
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Should marijuana be legalized country-wide.

As the title says, should this drug be legalized all across the country? BACK UP YOUR ANSWERS.

Yes

Side Score: 53
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No

Side Score: 35
4 points

Yes. This debates been made alot of times. It would help the economy, help regulate and tax it, keep it off the streets and safer to use, easier to keep from minors and it would lose its appeal of being illegal, it would free up alot of space in prisons and by extent lower taxes for that reason, give cops something better to do, ect ect ect...

Side: Yes
kozlov(1755) Disputed
1 point

You have an excellent point. But what about the harmful effects on people?

Side: No
AveSatanas(4425) Disputed
3 points

Marijuana compared to LEGAL substances such as tobacco and alcohol is like water. It's NOTHING. Im not saying its good for you. There are harmfull effects. It kills braincells if used too often before the age of eighteen which in turn lowers IQ. Though, i dont know if thats true because i know like 3 major stoners who are Nat Honor Society kids with straight As. But thats what studies say.

As for what it can do when youre impared by it, again, nothing compared to tobacco and alcohol. Being high generally makes you happy or relaxed so is really shouldnt cause confrontation where as alcohol often leads to fighting, arguing, ect. and an irritable tobacco user who hasnt gotten his or her nicottene in a while will also be bitter.

Marijuana increases mental focus nine times out of ten. It affects every person differently but generally they all share this trait of hieghtened senses. This would mean driving while high still a hazard but not nearly as bad as driving while intoxicated.

If it was legalized they would of course set age restrictions and a limit to how much THC (the drug in Pot that gets you high by triggering the "feel good" hormone in your brain called Dopeamine) you could have in your blood. There might even be laws saying you cant drive while high which would be understandable.

Take a look at other countries that have it legal for recreational use like Canada. They have low crime rates, and ive never heard anything about pot being a major issue anywhere.

Theres also Norway which is the most peacefull and economically stable country in the world today and im pretty sure that pot is legal there too.

Side: Yes
MisterB(31) Disputed
2 points

This argument has no logic because there are plenty of harmful products that are legal. In addition, the so-called-harmful affects from marijuana use are pretty mild. However, there is not a lot of real science to back up how neutral, harmful, or truly beneficial ganja can be.

Side: Yes
ItJustGotSrs(23) Disputed
1 point

Preposterous statement. What about the ability for DXM containing substances to be abused? i.e. cough syrup. Let us ban cough syrup because that is harmful for people. Let us also ban tobacco, and alcohol, because those substances are harmful. All these things I named, are actually MORE harmful than marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is much much more harmful than actual marijuana as well. I would rather see real cannabis be sold than fake cannabis.

Side: Yes
2 points

Yes it should it might finally end the daily pot debates on here.

Side: Yes
1 point

Yeah, I agree with that. Everytime I go here, all I see are marijuana debates. Whatsoever.

Side: Yes
2 points

Legalize drugs to restore freedom and put the responsibility back into the hands of the people. Legalizing drugs would greatly reduce the black market and as such the violence associated with the black market would decrease. After, the resources being used to "fight" the drug black market could be funneled into education and research.

If you think drugs should remain illegal then you do not appreciate or value freedom enough.

Edit: typo. original text: "If you think drugs should remain legal then..."

Side: Yes
lupusFati(790) Clarified
1 point

Drugs aren't legal in the first place. So you kinda inverted on your own argument there. Herp derp.

Side: Yes
MisterB(31) Clarified
1 point

Thank you for pointing that out. Typo is fixed........................

Side: Yes

YES IT SHOULD FOR SEVERAL REASONS . I USED IT MANY YEARS BUT QUIT BECAUSE IT IS AGAINST THE LAW BUT IT IS STILL USED BY MANY SO THE GOVERNMENT HASN'T STOPPED ITS USAGE . IF LEAGAL IT WOULD BE ONE LESS THING THE DEA WOULD HAVE TO FIGHT AND ALOT LESS PEOPLE IN PRISON FOR IT . THEY COULD GET A TAX FROM IT LIKE ANY OTHER SIN TAX ITEM AND THEN THE MEXICAN DRUG WAR WOULD LOSE SOME OF ITS POWER .

Side: Yes
Julius(201) Clarified
1 point

I MUST ASK YOU. IS YOUR CAPS LOCK BROKEN? IF NOT ARE YOU YELLING AT ME? SOMETHING SEEMS WRONG.

Side: Yes

Yes, but the federal government should have no role in legalizing it. It is not a listed federal power, so it belongs to the state government. In trying to outlaw marijuna, the federal government has oversteped the limitations of it's power.

Side: Yes

Whether you smoke Marijuana or not is a personal health issue, not a criminal justice issue. Treating people who smoke like criminals is just ridiculous!

Side: Yes
1 point

Depends which country. Nah I'm just kidding! I think so, does less damage than alcohol and smoking, plus it's something we can all enjoy :) Oh, and not forgetting Brian Griffin likes it...

Side: Yes
1 point

I would argue that the Federal government has no authority, under the constitution, to prohibit Marijuana. It claims the authority on the grounds that MJ grown in one place is indistinguishable from that grown elsewhere, and MAY have crossed state lines (interstate commerce).

The relevant case for the "interstate commerce" argument is Wickard v. Filburn, in which a man was fined for growing wheat, on his own property, for his chickens' consumption. The rationale was that since he grew wheat, instead of buying it on the interstate market, he altered the market price, therefore it fell under the federal power to "regulate interstate commerce".

To any thinking human being, this is a logical contortion, and a gross perversion of the spirit and letter of the constitution. It was (and remains) a jewel in the progressive crown, being the basis of nearly all the ruinous progressive policies for the past 85 years ( including the debate over obamacare, before the SCOTUS found the interstate commerce clause insufficient to support the mandate).

Side: Yes
1 point

The proof is, all the people with legitable arguments are for (that being the majority) and all the prudes like Brad (Rocky Horror Show) are saying " Oh but I have seen those public health videos, saying it's worse than Hitler. Along with vitamins, paper and wood..." Nothings 100% good for you in life. You take too much of something good it turns out bad. Apart from sex.

Side: Yes
Julius(201) Disputed
1 point

Just noticed this now, but sex can kill you. It raises your heart rate, blood pressure, and core body tempeture. Too much of it CAN kill you.

Side: No
3 points

Well played..

It was a typo, I meant to say, "apart from happiness :)"

(Nah, I still meant sex, but the sex kills you not because you've had too much of it, even if you had never had sex before, you could do it once, and then bop, heart attack. You don't get worse the more sex you have, granted it can still kill you ( one of my top 10 ways to go (but not number one (That's for another debate...))))

Side: No
1 point

Yes, marijuana has many benefits as apposed to alcohol... 3 out of 4 people agree!

Side: Yes

States can make plenty of revenue from the legalization of marijuana.

Side: Yes
1 point

No, if you mean that the federal government should make it legalized then no. That seems more like a state's decision and I think it should only be up to them

Side: No
GuitaristDog(2547) Clarified
1 point

Well, the federal government currently says its illegal, so if a state makes it legal since its still illegal on a federal level is is still illegal, so in other words, until the government stops taking a stance on the issue it won't be up to states.

Side: Yes
1 point

No! We are Americans, we run of caffeine, high fructose corn syrup, prescribed amphetamine and anti-depressants! We do not take naps in the middle of a work day, no siestas. Product, we all need to be of some use, we cannot prote un-productiveness!

I am a Lion from the Libertarian party, so honestly I have to say; let them have their pot, but give businesses the right not to hire people who smoke pot and for the love of Buddha, don't let them drive, make them smoke it in a bar or at home, like alcohol.

Side: No
Pharmacy(213) Clarified
0 points

Omg, my spelling and grammar was so bad in that last post, lol, sorry guys.............

Side: Yes
MisterB(31) Disputed
1 point

Your post, about poor grammar and spelling, is not an argument.

Side: Yes
Pharmacy(213) Clarified
0 points

Pardon me, *very poor ..............................................................

Side: Yes
1 point

I personally think it's a bad idea to legalize such a drug, since it impairs people. And knowing people, they would be getting high at the worst times, especially when driving. I just don't want that pandora's box being opened, especially not with pot.

Side: No
MisterB(31) Disputed
1 point

Legalize it for all the reasons opposite of your argument. People should have the chance to prove that they can be responsible. Then once they are not responsible they should be punished through the legal system (similar as it is with drinking and driving).

Taking away freedom is taking away responsibility.

Side: Yes
lupusFati(790) Disputed
1 point

You have yet to explain how it would be taking away freedom. And by following the law, they are proving their responsibility, imho.

Side: No
0 points

No, Marijuana would cause people to be intoxicated slowing down production. Additionally, it is quite bad for you, and our citizens health must be a priority.

Side: No
MisterB(31) Disputed
1 point

You argument has no merit. If health was a higher priority than freedom then there should be a lot of things made illegal such as food items with low- to no-nutritional value Your argument also does not have merit because not all people who use marijuana lose productivity.

Side: Yes

As an occasional recreational user, I can confirm that it makes me highly productive, and very creative. Granted, given a laborious task I would struggle, but when creativity is key, such as writing a novel or composing music, Marijuana is a brilliant light in the gloom.

Side: Yes
0 points

No, Marijuana would cause people to be intoxicated slowing down production.

You're not supposed to smoke a joint as you head off to work, it something you do every few weeks with some friends. Its for recreation not production.

Additionally, it is quite bad for you, and our citizens health must be a priority.

Two things:

1. The only thing that is bad for your health about Cannabis is the smoke, not because of anything in the plant, but because of properties of smoke. So you could just bake a marijuana brownie or tea and it would not be bad for you at all.

2. Someone's health is their business. If I want to smoke and you think its bad for me, to bad, its my choice not yours, mind your own business.

Side: Yes
kozlov(1755) Disputed
1 point

It does not matter what people are supposed to do, it's what they do. And they will be smoking Pot all day long. Plus, this Marijuana IS bad for you, and you're right, I do not care what you do with your health, but when your habits affect my health, that's when I have a problem. I do not want second hand marijuana smoke, or people being high on the roads.

Side: No
Julius(201) Disputed
1 point

Your right, your health is your business. But when your health inflicts ours, that's when we get involved. The fact is, second hand smoke is a problem. Not to mention, people who will smoke it and drive, or work, etc, etc.

Side: No