All drugs should be legal
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It's a political argument, so I think BoP should be shared toward the ultimate goal of a resolution. At which point, voters can give argument point based on who's resolution was closer to their initial claim. Con is welcome to deny this and argue for an organic development of the BoP instead.
I'm not picky.
Most drugs are addictive chemicals and block psychological inhibitory systems.
Drugs cause harm to more than the individual.
Drugs harm isn't exclusive to the individual any more than suicide or mental illness.
Most drugs and addictive chemicals are immoral.
It is my belief that the state doesn't have to jail people who are guilty of an offense. Specific to drugs, I believe we should force rehabilitation and psychiatric assistance in those shown to be clinically addicted. Jail time should be reserved specifically for dealers and gangsters.
I could focus on one of them due to the title but that wouldn't be very interesting.
"Drug use itself does not harm other people. The act of selling drugs does not necessarily harm other people because it's no different than selling cigarettes or alcohol which are legal drugs. "
"The only thing that hurts people is their actions while they're on drugs. If the person uses the drug responsibly, there won't be any issue. "
"As for suicide, it is the same thing that I said about drugs. The act of suicide in of itself is not harmful to anybody else.Except in the rare exception that somebody jumps off a building and lands on somebody. For this case, I would say the same thing I said about committing a crime while on drugs. The person did not commit suicide responsibly, so if for some strange reason they lived, they should be prosecuted for it. "
"They're only immoral if you're against slow self harm. Most people are not. Most people are okay with alcohol and cigarettes, so there is no reason to hold other drugs to a different standard. "
"To the first statement, if there is no crime, then the court should not be involved in the first place. The very fact that you want people not to go to jail for it reveals that you don't actually think it's a crime. "
"If drugs were legal, dealers wouldn't even exist anymore, so if you want dealers in jail so badly, then why not get rid of them by legalizing drugs? Then we'd have dispensaries with strict regulations. Furthermore, If we made drugs illegal. The dispensaries wouldn't sell every drug because some would get more popular and they would restrict their "menu" like a restaurant would. So this would even lower the amount of drugs used because if we made drugs exclusive in the dispensaries via the will of the market, people will gravitate more towards the popular drugs by default. Furthermore, people are more likely to kick a drug addiction if they don't get arrested or sentenced in any way. Forced rehab generally doesn't work and makes the problem worse. People need to be ready for rehab of their own free will. "
"Would you court order somebody to go to the dentist? How about the doctor?"
"You could do this, but keep in mind that we're aiming for a resolution here, So excluding one drug does not win you the debate, You have to prove that your solution will ultimately work better than mine. So if you exclude one drug, then I just exclude that drug and My solution was closer than your solution. I made this very clear in the description of the debate. "
What would you specifically count as psychoactive drugs?
Wouldn't people do drugs even if they're illegal?
Doesn't making drugs illegal have it's own inherent harm by creating illegal drug dealers?
Wouldn't it be better to treat it as a medical issue?
Wouldn't a drug addict have better chances of getting clean out in the world with the potential to work and make money and get clean rather than being in jail?
Don't you think we can come up with a better solution than using the criminal justice system in this case?