Resident Judges, you've be been summoned! @gigi
@ninadabit thank you for your input on how the debate went, thanks for your decision. Looking forward to use your feedback to improve my argumentative skills.
@sarahmiller Thank you! Although you did not vote for me, I appreciate your comments and feedback for future debates.
@alidia Thank you for your comments and feedback and for you final decision on the W. Always look for ways to improve, once again, thank you!
@sarahmiller Thanks for a great evaluation of the debate! Always look forward to listening to your decisions.
@alidia I don't quite understand your decision based off the feedback. Having a strong opening statement in a debate has a 0% outcome in the decision unless the debater's argument still stands at the end of the debate. Can you please mention the specific arguements the pro had standing at the end of the debate?
@ninadabit Can you please mention the specific contentions from the pro case that you still thought stood at the end of the debate?
Excellent civilized debate by both parties! Thanks for having it!
@alikapadia12 Thanks for some awesome feedback. Looking forward to the semi-finals!
@elomtet Thank you for an excellent analysis of this debate.
@singalport my pleasure...Great debate!
Con definetly had the better argument and performance
@singalport if you want to debate this we can do that...
Amazing opening statements, well done! @pepelvmc Quite interesting that even though you've never tried drugs you are still on the pro-side... I'm convinced that you will approach the topic with complete objectivity rather than any personal motive @singalport You're obviously professional debater?? Even though I liked your delivery, I would prefer if you were less formal and more relatable i.e. not read your notes. Also, would you mind sharing your sources on how the net economic effect from ALL drugs legalization would be negative cause treatment costs would be higher? Despite them being illegal,, there is still a vast amount of addicts and rehab centers (also legal does not mean free to buy from everywhere and under every circumstance). I also disagree that drugs being illegal would deter teenagers to take them.. anything illegal is more appealing to teenagers!
@votesaad Thank you for your input and feedback. I did try to make this debate more personable as when we keep throwing data and numbers, it just makes it dry and people tend to tune-off.
@pepelvmc great point about genetics and addiction. However, isn't it true that certain substances are more addictive compared to other? mine is sugar lol
Thank you @pokemaster, i found it really interesting and enriching to conduct researches for this topic. I'm far from being an expert in both drugs and addictions, and I will agree that some substances are more addictive than others, and for the sake of the debate, i would say that is because the criminals are tainting their drugs with cutting agents for their profit in complete disregard of the safety of the users. On the addiction sides, i believe everyone can be addicted to anything, for you sugar LOL, although the legality or illegality of the source of addiction has nothing to do with the addiction itself...
Is legalize better than decriminalize?
@chancellorkingsmyth he should have said that!
@julian indeed and If we go off the issue of addiction then alcohol whould be 100% illegal as it is the most common addiction and leads to countless deaths. and cigarettes are a useless product that has no purpose other than to fulfill an addiction that will inevitably kill you. If we are to make drugs illegal it would need to include all drugs. and if we are to discuss how addictions effect ones life and how this harm needs to be avoided we must outlaw gambling, sugar, television, online shopping, porn etc etc etc....Also when does the war on drugs become a war on freedom?Drug addiction is not a drug problem so much as it is a medical problem. Traffickers do not rely entirely on the addicts. Prohibition creates violence also which can be seen withe the alcohol prohibition in the united states. And we can simply look at what most violent crimes are surrounding. I have many points on this subject i think need to be addressed to better debate the topic.
@chancellorkingsmyth I sort of wanted to treat the subject combining both, legalization with decriminalization, rather than defining those 2 words, as it could have hinder greatly the timing in the debate and maybe stirring the topic to a different direction. That said, legalization has a greater impact than decriminalization, as it treat the problem at the source, instead of dealing with the consequences of the problem.
@julian Thank you and I like your comment on @chancellorkingsmyth post. Indeed it is a fascinating topic that can lead to so many more as you mentioned below. i will be more than happy to debate you in future casual debates with new topics that we could address...
@pepelvmc I definitely understand the time constraints and your reasoning. I am honestly undecided on the topic of legalization vs decriminalization. Perhaps that's a debate to be started.
@chancellorkingsmyth Absolutely, and maybe narrowing it down to only, a or some type of drugs, instead of ALL... Once the tournament is over, i will be more than happy to debate these topics casually without time constraint!
@pepelvmc absolutely. I think I would like to discuss opiates as I find the marijuana debate to over done and the point made. I think I would like to come from the perspective of decriminalization.
@chancellorkingsmyth let's keep in touch through quallout and create a subject to debate publicly...
@pepelvmc I've previously debated for decriminalization on an extreme level in contrast to legalization so that could be a very interesting future conversation. Thanks for the great debate. Best of luck in the tournament!
@chancellorkingsmyth those are great points. I have a debate on this too you might find interesting. What I think the Con side missed is the law of supply and demand. But that only takes it so far...
@qallout I'd like to dispute the result of this debate.
@singalport you are disputing the result. @qallout acknowledged your request and it is now in the hands of the judges. Remember, best of 5! Exciting...
Very close right now, 2-2! Comes down to the final judge.
@qallout , @singalport , just to conclude on this debate, I want to congratulate Neil on his W, good luck moving on to the semi-finals, and thank the Qallout community for hosting this tournament. I'm new to debating, but I really enjoyed it, and it helped me learn about topics/subjects I may have not be too familiar with! I'm looking forward to discovering more out of Qallout in order to participate in H2H debates without the pressure of the competition.
@pepelvmc Congrats for your performance, couldn't tell you are new!
@gigi thank you, yes 0 debate under my belt before I learned about @qallout community and its tournaments... definitely will get more experience on the casual level now!
@pepelvmc Glad you enjoyed it! We're thrilled to have you in or outside the tournament, feel free to take on any of our RDs here or start your own debate:https://www.qallout.com/debate-challenges
@pepelvmc Thank you for a great debate and being such a respectful opponent. Hope to debate you again in a future causal debate or maybe even another tournament.
@pepelvmc I honestly couldn't tell you were new! You seemed very experienced to me!
@alikapadia12 thank you. I'm a returning Vet, working my way through College now. I discovered MUN and MAL, absolutely love the concept. I was reluctant to debate in front of people, so I'm giving it a try through online medium.