"The Primary Reason for the Illegality of Marijuana and Strict Enforcement thereof is that Marijuana is harmful to individuals and to society".
Semper Reply 1
First allow me to respond to my esteemed opponents opening remarks
We’re here to talk about rational limits, and the logical reasons for them.
No my friend, we are here to discuss, ILLEGALITY and STRICT Enforcement. Perhaps “Rational use” can be a topic for another debate.
I believe that we need to debate the topic that was given to us and not alter it to fit our agenda
we should expect nothing less than individual personal harm and national distress
So it is your contention that if Marijuana was legalized and controlled like alcohol, we would suffer National Distress? I would love to hear more on
Like any addictive substance
Please provide proof that Marijuana is as addictive as Tobacco or Alcohol
marijuana can be harnessed for the greater good
Thank You, Exactly my point
We have chosen (wisely) to keep this temptation at arm’s length. To do anything less would be morally and ethically “wrong.”
As we have alcohol, tobacco and gambling? The one thing that history has shown us, is that to attempt to legislate morality is a disaster.
Who decides it is Ethically wrong? You? Who decides it is Morally wrong? You?
Marijuana is far less dangerous than either Alcohol or Tobacco.
50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning
400,000 deaths each year attributed to tobacco
The prestigious European Medical Journal, The Lancet, reports that “The smoking of Marijuana, even long term, is not harmful to health”
My opponent’s attempts at “softening” the debate using terminology designed to continue the perpetration of the supposed “evils” of
Marijuana is all to common.
Terms such as these:
Marijuana related Crime (?)
Are all designed to further remove the public from the truth about Marijuana; the truth that it is far less harmful than other far less regulated
Answering my Opponents 1st Reply:
The simple fact of the matter is that humans are prone to abuse marijuana
They didn't ban a healthy product. They outlawed a social scourge
So you advocate the Church dictating legislation?
that addictive substances are not to be trifled with
You have still not proven Marijuana is any more addictive than many substances that are not illegal
Marijuana is regulated solely because of the potential for its abuse
we can't resist the temptations of alcohol, tobacco, and fast food
Your kidding, right?
You are equating Fast Food to Alcohol and Tobacco and Marijuana?
Enforcing Marijuana laws costs the tax payer approximately 10 BILLION dollars a year, causing the arrests of 786,000 citizens each year!
That is more than the total number of arrests for violent crimes COMBINED!
How many violent crimes go unsolved? How many more would be solved if there was 10 billion more dollars to investigate them?
88% of those arrested were charged with simple possession. Total 696,000
30% Nineteen or younger
According to an FBI agent I spoke to three years ago, on 9/11 the FBI had about 1,100 agents looking for terrorists," Wooldridge said. "They
also had 2,400 agents helping the DEA bust drug dealers and their labs
Where is the logic in that?
Prohibition breeds corruption.
Simple fact, the more illegal, and the longer it is illegal, the more valuable a substance becomes on the “Black Market”
It is estimated that approximately 5 billion dollars each year could be gained by the government if Marijuana was taxed and controlled like Wine
Marijuana Prohibition is a Multi-Billion Dollar Business for drug traffickers, other countries, organized crime and street dealers; all of which will
cease once Marijuana is legalized.
We save lives, create a new tax base and save BILLIONS of dollars just by legalizing and instituting controls on a substance that Americans have shown
in large numbers, they are going to use anyway.
My opponent is using hyperbole and supposition to convince you of the direction my debate is taking
That is completely unnecessary.
My stance is clear.
The legalization of Marijuana will save Billions of dollars
Actually MAKE money for the government
How many have lost their lives in the enforcement of the prohibition of this most natural substance?
Four RCMP officers killed in Marijuana Raid
Though not the US, this illustrates very well the lives lost enforcing these ridiculous prohibitions
Google it for yourself, the pages are full of officers that have given their lives to apprehend someone with a 20 dollar bag of Marijuana
Increase the manpower used to fight terrorism
The positive effects of the legalization of Marijuana are tremendous