Thanks for the debate, I enjoyed it.
Good debate gents. I'm inclined towards @mosheweissman (pro)s position here. Though honestly, I'm somewhere in the middle personally.@madmike makes good arguments, and as a pharmacist, he has arguments that are ones I'd not heard before. His line of argument about impairment and addiction are good counters to Pro's general liberty argument.I can't, however, go as far as Con's view in terms of accepting that the laws of the state are nearly always justified or appropriate. I'll grant it's worth consideration, but I very often disagree with state law and policy and I think it's important that when we do, we dispute it.I don't really see the state's duty to be to protect me from my own foolishness. I'm appreciative if it is providing me some useful information, but I don't want to second-guess the risks I choose to take in my life that primarily have personal impacts.I think social justice is a better social mechanism for this kind of concern. It is often effective, and has a less dangerous scope of potential abuse and externalizes from enforcement.Philosophically, I start out near Pro, but I am open to a fair amount of exceptions that move me to some state intervention. If a drug becomes a huge social problem, and efforts to curb it doesn't cause more harm than good, then I am not entirely opposed to making it contraband. But... it really does need to be decided rationally and not emotionally.I really liked Mike's final question here, I wish there were a follow-up debate on itVoting: Well, I am on the pro side more than not, but I think that we should be cautious on our drug policy as we liberalize it and Con offers a somewhat less absolute look at it int he interests of the resolution. I think I have to reward that tactical approach in my vote, but I'll say that in general, I find pro's arguments more compelling and I would dramatically liberalize drug laws if it were up to me. Change the All to Most and I'd vote pro here without any hesitation.
@sigfried Thanks Siegfried. Just to clarify, I’m not a pharmacist, I just own a pharmacy. But all the pharmacists that work for me agree that not all drugs should be legalized, but they also agree that some that are illegal certainly should.