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Should we legalize controlled substance?

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Started: 8/14/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Considering substance use for people 12 and older is over 27 million and we spend over 200 billion dollars each year. The FBI and DEA report in increased violations, Manpower demanded to control, Also the need for more funding clearly suggest that we are failing as a nation in the War on Drugs.
What should we do to win this war? I say legalize and regulate all illegal drugs.
Legalizing narcotics has proven to be effective based on Portugal"s research and results regarding substance abuse.
Portugal"s failed attempts in 15 years mimicking USA"s stance in The War on Drugs manifested absolute crisis with minimal sustainment in rehabilitating the people. Unsatisfied with results, Portugal radically changed the outlook on narcotics making them all legal. .

Death rates, Diagnosis of disease decreased, Overdose cases decreased, While economic growth constantly increased.

In digressing, America still proves to be drug heavyweight contender while Portugal has all but retired. The war on drugs stops whenever drugs are legalized.


Thanks for the topic, My friend.

"Controlled substances" are "controlled" for a reason. By moral philosophy alone. It's inherently terrible to give people access to something that only serves to kill them in the long run.

Besides that, Making drugs legal will by no means lessen drug consumption. In fact, It does the opposite. Take a look at Colorado. In Colorado, Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased by 48% (2013-2015), Whereas overall traffic deaths in the same time period only increased 11%. In 2009, Marijuana-related traffic deaths involving operators who tested positive for marijuana represented 10% of all traffic fatalities. By 2015, It had doubled to 21%.

Adult past-month marijuana use increased 63% in the 2-year average (2013-2014) after Colorado legalized recreational marijuana compared with the 2-year average prior to legalization (2011-2012). Colorado adult past-month marijuana use for 2013-2014 was 104% higher than the national average compared with 51% higher in 2011-2012. From 2011 to 2014, The number of hospitalizations related to marijuana nearly doubled, From 6305 to 11, 439, In Colorado.

This is a clue to how much drugs will grow. Our country uses amphetamine, Opioids, And cocaine much more than most European countries, And judging my OD rates, We overdose much more. The reason Portugal's drug rates are lower is not just because of the fact that they offer legal amphetamine and narcotic options (much like vapes) but also because drug culture is not as rampant there. I uphold that the solution that Portugal is using therefore will not work in the United States.
Debate Round No. 1


Appreciate your response. Addressing the first point of unethical to give people something that kills in the long run. I would go along with that if the sale and consumption of cigarettes and alcohol were illegal.

Your point of drug consumption increasing with legalization by example of Colorado would be accurate if colorodo was its own country not surrounded by 47 states. The data provided is not shocking nor is it synanmous to entire country legalization. . You point would stand to be valid if there was not an explosion in population in Colorado. Traffic deaths increase is not accurate because test for marijunia was not common before legalization, According to Colorodo Department of transportation.

I want to look at more recent data on colorodo that makes legalization of all drugs the best way to end the drug plagued US. Results from the national drug survey of 2017 suggests the amount of marajuina drug is the lowest that it has been in over a decade! This isn"t just true for marijuana though, Tobacco use, , Alcohol consumption, And heroin are at decade lows. National survey of 2017 also reports overdose in states where marajuina is legalized to be 25% lower than the states who prohibit legalized consumption. My OD rates clearly suggest that legalization promotes reduction. Portugal"s data should paint a yes for legalization of controlled substance.

Everyone that isn"t involved with Black market and drug cartels would agree that they are negative influences on earth. Luckily, Legalization of marajuina in colorodo and Washington has data suggested to have robbed the Mexican drug cartel of 2. 7 billion dollars. Suggesting Legalixation could be a great way in defeating the Goliath of Drug Cartels?

Im going to keep the spotlight on Colorodo for the pro"s sake in economic increase associated with legalization of controlled substances. According to colorodo department of revenue prior to legalization in 2014 monthly marajuina sales were between 40-50 million. This months sales and income will be around 128 million. I will not examine other areas that benefit from legalization in colorodo simply because My proof that comparing one state and one country is not accurate.


Again, Thank you for the rather quick response.

You stated that the traffic comparisons are inaccurate because of the boom in population and the fact that people didn't really check for marijuana before the incident (which I would find unlikely- if somebody dies they're bound to check if a person is high or drunk). Regardless, There's no doubt in mind that marijuana usage in Colorado has increased- Colorado is ranked number 1 in marijuana usage in the country, With usage rates 55% higher than the rest of the country. This number one ranking is among both teens and adults.

You also mentioned that eliminating drug laws would kill the Mexican cartels. Believe me, I would love nothing more than to eliminate them. But the problem is that they've grown beyond needing the drug trade anymore. In Mexico, These cartels have evolved to be more like the mafia. Groups such as the Zetas and La Familia, Which were formerly classified purely as drug-trafficking groups, Now control rackets in the area, Where they're paid up by local establishments and profiting from illegal immigration to America. Getting rid of the drug rackets may take away some of their monetary benefits, But it's insufficient to actually hurt them at this point.

The costs of eliminating these laws and exposing more people to heroin and narcotics is much more than the benefits of minor fiscal income reduction of these evil groups.

On the subject of monetary benefits, The fiscal gains that will occur from drugs is great and all, But fiscal gains are not everything. We should be ranking people's welfare above the money that's hauled in.
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Posted by Kry77966 3 years ago
Yes and no, I"m suggesting that we should incorporate things the exact same way Portugal chose to.

Drug trafficking and manufacturing is still illegal.
Purchase and possession in small quantities allowed only.
Drug infractions result in violations or tickets.
Disabordination and abuse results in mandated council sessions looking to reduce use,
People who are guilty of infractions will receive support to find fulfillment in life.

Here are a few articles that highlight what I"m speaking of.
http://drugwarfacts. Org/region/portugal

https://www. Theguardian. Com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it
Posted by BertrandsTeapot 3 years ago
Just to be clear - are you proposing the total legalization of ALL controlled substances in all amounts? Heroin, Meth, Etc. ?
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