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    Legalize marijuana or.. don't

    I have a debate tomorrow and I'm on the side of keeping marijuana illegal. I have done some research but does anybody have any crazy ideas that might help me earn some brownie points with the professor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by soxmuscle View Post
    I have a debate tomorrow and I'm on the side of keeping marijuana illegal. I have done some research but does anybody have any crazy ideas that might help me earn some brownie points with the professor?
    I like the term "decriminalize" better.

    I stand to be correct but as I recall:


    Before the 1930s Marijuana was not a big deal. During the 30s the US government went on a propaganda campaign - yes propaganda campaign - with films like "Reefer Madness" and other works of media.

    I do not smoke pot.

    But look at it this way: look at alcohol.

    The number of assaults (fights), DWIs, shooting, stabbing, illnesses associated with alcohol.

    If people want to smoke marijuana for personal and recreational use and do not harm or defraud anyone else, then they should be able to, IMO.

    Why should the state tell an adult if they can or cannot smoke pot in their own, private home?
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    yes, the amount of money this country throws away fighting a drug that is far less dangerous than alcohol can be justified

    change sides.

    sorry i can't think of any reasons to keep it illegal. except if you go at the angle decriminalizing it will make it so younger kids have access to it? or how older people have enough trouble with their memory already... then again i heard smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

    or you might want to consider how devastating it would be for the big drug companies if people start growing their own medicines

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    The only people who benefit from marijuana being illegal are dealers and law enforcement....

    So if we legalize mj we will have unemployed drug dealers and drug enforcement officers. Unemployed people turn to alcohol. An increase in drunks with guns/cars will mean more gun deaths and drunk driving accidents. So you see keeping mj illegal keeps drunk gun weilding ex-dealers and DEA officers from running amok in the streets....
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    The only people who benefit from marijuana being illegal are dealers and law enforcement....

    So if we legalize mj we will have unemployed drug dealers and drug enforcement officers. Unemployed people turn to alcohol. An increase in drunks with guns/cars will mean more gun deaths and drunk driving accidents. So you see keeping mj illegal keeps drunk gun weilding ex-dealers and DEA officers from running amok in the streets....
    which is in turn more work the the ATF so its not so bad of a situation, but i like where your going with this.

    In its stead we should ban coffee. Then we'll have a bunch of drug dealers selling 50 bags of ground coffee, "I got that Colombian slow roasted, bro. You can't get this stuff anywhere."

    or a traffic stop, "I SMELL THE FOLGERS!! WHERE IS IT! GET THE DOGS!!"
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    wow, sucks to be you dude. I could argue against pot if I had to, but I wouldn't want to.

    Just use the arsenal of ignorance and propaganda that the government, news, and religious nuts use, and you should be fine. The ground work has already been laid. Just use whats already there.
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    I'm not worried about presenting in front of a 100+ people, but it's scaring me that I'm going to have to debate something I don't believe in.

    Excellent advice, kelju, that's exactly what I'll have to do.
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    I argued for decriminalization of pot in my public speech class last semester. I got a B+ for my speech, then came home and smoked a nice fat J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    Just use the arsenal of ignorance and propaganda that the government, news, and religious nuts use, and you should be fine. The ground work has already been laid. Just use whats already there.
    Exactly.

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    Well that was easy.

    You can make up so much bullshit in this style of argument. It's funny to me though, that a million dollar campaign like "The Truth" has three health risks on their website. Three.

    I could start a more meaningful campaign about the negative effects of cheese, if I had the money.
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    Marijuana was banned so that police could more easily arrest political protesters, who were known to smoke it. That could be your premise: oppression.
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    damn. if i was in ur situation i'd have to say i couldn't participate in the debate due to conflict of personal opinion.
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    The opposer's of decriminalizing Marijuana, over here in UK, tend to follow the ..."Marijuana is a gateway into other drugs" argument.
    Personally, i think other substances ae more guilty of this..tobacco, alcohol, etc.
    Our city centre, here in Bristol, on a weekend, is full of party going people, who are more drunk , than stoned. More violence is associated with alcohol, whereas
    Marijuana users tend to be quite the opposite..ie..relaxed.
    The police, and hospitals, are pretty busy, on generally weekends, cleaning up drunken crowds etc.
    Prisons have far too many pocession, and similarly charged inmates.
    Wasn't cannabis available on prescription at one time?
    There were a number of MS suffers, who swore by its pain relief effects, as well as others.
    Politicians are just too paranoid to do the right thing, and allow informed individuals to choose for themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    The only people who benefit from marijuana being illegal are dealers and law enforcement....

    So if we legalize mj we will have unemployed drug dealers and drug enforcement officers. Unemployed people turn to alcohol. An increase in drunks with guns/cars will mean more gun deaths and drunk driving accidents. So you see keeping mj illegal keeps drunk gun weilding ex-dealers and DEA officers from running amok in the streets....
    The Drug Enforcement officers can be focus on a bigger drug problem like Meth.......
    Personally I think Weed is okay.......I would much have someone be stoned than drunk any day.I worked at a hospital and the drunks that come in are the worst......
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