Free Debate Friday: Legalizing Marijuana

Welcome to another Free Debate Friday! We couldn’t end this week without having a election-themed Free Debate Friday, but since we’ve already asked you who you voted for (and imagine you’re a little tired of all the presidential news stories) we’re taking on another election related issue. On Tuesday, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, with voters approving  the use of cannabis for more than medicinal purposes. For supporters, legalizing marijuana makes sense, as it is widely used, is not considered addictive by some and can help create a revenue stream for states. For opponents, legalizing marijuana puts young people at risk, as the drug is  considered a gateway drug. By legalizing, opponents state, marijuana becomes more accessible to  young people.

While some argue that the victories could be short-lived, no one can argue that these victories are historic in the long war on drugs.


Because I got high, because I got high, because I got hiiiigh!


So today we ask you to weigh in on the legalization of marijuana use. Do you agree with the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not? Vote and sound off in the comments section below!

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11 Responses to “Free Debate Friday: Legalizing Marijuana”

  1. Amanda

    Yeaaahhh NO. Tell your kids to say no to drugs except marijuana? Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Can’t wait to see how many idiots screw up at work, cause car accidents, etc.

  2. wtg22

    Marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol (in fact, I would argue it’s less dangerous than alcohol.) It shouldn’t be available for kids, just as drinking shouldn’t be available for kids. But the thing is, if kids really want to, they are going to get their hands on drugs and alcohol whether it’s legal or not. Legalizing marijuana, a drug with as-yet-unproved addictive qualities and one whose worst offense is probably making someone really tired or hungry, at the very least protects those who are using. Not to mention that legal, controlled pot would keep the weed from being laced and bring in good $$ to the states, as opposed to the dealers.

    • Amanda

      You can’t get others drunk why you are drinking alcohol. You can however get high off of marijuana smoke. This is why I hate second hand smoke from cigarettes. If you want to die from lung cancer from smoking cigarettes that’s great for you but you are also putting those around you ar risk as well.

  3. alex

    It was only a matter of time. If alcohol is legal why not weed? If cigarettes are legal and that shit gives you cancer, why not weed? People seem to think that legalizing weed would come with zero rules. On the contrary, if anything it should come with the same rules as cigarettes and alcohol. Not within 25ft of a building, not inside a building and not until you’re 21.

    Are there downsides? Of course, but there are downsides to cigarettes and alcohol. I mean, how many drivers are killed every year by drunk drivers? Every year by lung cancer? Weed won’t cause lung cancer but you definitely shouldn’t be driving while under the influence.

    • Amanda

      Wouldn’t legalizing it then increase the chances of more accidents since you would be allowing more to obtain it? Why give more opportunity to harm others?

        • Amanda

          I know a lot of idiots who smoke weed. I don’t live in a bubble.

          Seriously if people are going to be that dumb then just go ahead and legalize coke. The state could make more money on that than they would pot right? Then they wouldn’t have to worry about spending billions of dollars every year trying to stop the drug wars.


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