Debate Argument: Anti-Legalization of Marijuana

Legalization of marijuana would not eliminate the need for drug control and enforcement.

  • Minors make up a good proportion of marijuana users. 24% nationwide, and as high as 40% in some states.
  • Marijuana is not the only drug in use, and these other non-legal drugs would still be policed, just as they are today.
  • The DEA still preforms sting operations for selling cigarettes to minors, they wouldn't miss a chance to do the same for any other regulated substance.
    Unless marijuana is legally made available to children and is unregulated, a ‘black-market’ would still exist, as well as all of the corruption and crime that surrounds any illegal activity.

Works Cited:

National KIDS COUNT Program. (2010). Marijuana use by age group (Percent) – 2008-2009. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies.. Retrieved from
Operation Counter Strike Aims to Halt Illegal Cigarette Sales to Minors. (2011, September 28). Fox News. Retrieved from

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