'If we legalise cannabis, it would open up a Pandora's Box and . . .' 'Point of information,' Rebecca Moses said raising her hand. 'Not now,' Emilie Pottle snapped, and went on with her impassioned speech. It was a dramatic moment at the English Schools Foundation Debating Competition. The motion was 'This house supports the legalisation of cannabis'. West Island School (WIS) argued for the motion while United World College (UWC) argued against. The UWC team won the debate with their convincing and powerful arguments. Using the format of the World Schools Debating Championships, both teams received the motion by e-mail an hour before the debate. The opposition team could interrupt to state their points of view or raise questions during the eight-minute speeches by each of the three speakers. Being seasoned debaters with the new format, the UWC team were more relaxed. Head of the WIS team Ashika Sequeira said: 'It was nerve wrecking because we know our opponents are really good.' Though experienced in debates, it was the first time the team had participated in the new format contest. Christine Mayor of the UWC team explained why she enjoyed debating so much. 'With these skills, you can convince people in real life situations. It also reminds you that there is always another side to any argument.' Their debate was the second of the 11 in the contest, with a one-hour workshop provided before each one. Moira James, a teacher at St Paul's Co-Educational College, has signed up some of her students for the sessions. 'It is good for local students to see these competitions. It shows them this is what can be done,' she said. Visit the Web site for details and registration.