For this task, you will debate whether controlled substance should be legalized (if currently illegal to buy or use), or made available as over the counter drugs (if currently only used with a prescription).
For your debate, choose a specific drug from one of the four drug categories listed above (CNS depressants, CNS stimulants, marijuana, or hallucinogens). Present the pros and cons of making such a substance available freely or on a controlled basis. In preparing your debate, be sure to mention the following points:
Identify the psychopharmacological properties of the substance.
Determine how widely the substance is used.
Determine if the substance is addictive.
Indicate any side effects for this substance.
Identify the effects of criminalizing the substance.
Recognize any problems that might be caused or prevented by decriminalizing the substance.
Determine how this substance can be beneficial once it can be legally purchased without a prescription.
Indicate how this drug might be detrimental if it can be legally purchased without a prescription.
Identify any social implications that can emerge if this substance can be legally purchased.
Prepare your debate in transcript form and allow each debater to make a statement. Be sure to allow time for each to make a rebuttal of the other’s statement. Use critical thinking skills to follow the rules for a logical debate. Support the points in the debate with reference to at least three scholarly references. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 5-7 pages