All Drugs Should Be Decriminalised

The common perception is that such substances should be banned in order to protect society from their harmful effects. But do these issues really limit the excessive use of drugs or on the contrary, increase the interest in them? From ancient times people all over the globe have considered that the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest but can we apply this to drugs? The negative effects of drugs have been known for a very long time, but should efforts be made to make them legal for public use?

Level: Intermediate: B1/B2
Running Time: 90 minutes +

Materials included

This free lesson plan is suitable for adults, teenagers, and General English classes. Each plan includes:

  • A debate motion
  • A summary of the controversy
  • Points for both Pros and Cons
  • Language to use in a debate
  • Debate role cards to help identify student groups
  • An article
  • Statistics (true or false exercise)
  • Vocab for the topic


For more information on how to use this in the classroom, please have a look at our detailed post on using free lesson plans.

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Drugs should be decriminalised – Discussion Questions and Article

Drugs should be decriminalised – Advertising is harmful – Pros and Cons Debating Pack

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