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Missouri Drug Cop Who Blasted Marijuana Legalization Advocates Says He "Wouldn't Retract a Word"

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Kevin Glaser, the retired Missouri Drug Task Force cop who ranted on Facebook about marijuana legalization advocates, calling them stupid welfare leeches, isn't backing down.

"To me, Facebook's there to put your opinion on, and I wouldn't retract a word about it," he tells the Southeast Missourian.

Glaser, who has received government paychecks for 28 years for busting people with drugs, including marijuana, while openly frequenting bars and distilleries, also refused to take back the "welfare" comment, in which he says "Tomorrow I go back to fight crime, and they go back to collecting their welfare check..."

His excuse was that he was speaking from experience.

"That's what I deal with every day," Glaser, who has been retired since 2011, tells the paper. "More times than not, when we get involved with people who are abusing drugs, there's probably a welfare check coming in the mail for them."

The article did not cite any statistics that backed up Glaser's claims. Daily RFT has reached out to Glaser multiple times for comment, but have yet to receive a response.

Despite his open disdain for people who advocate for the legalization of marijuana, Glaser indicated he has some leniency toward their cause.

See also: Missouri Drug Cop Says Marijuana Legalization Advocates Are Stupid Welfare-Sucking Potheads Who Probably Can't Read

"If you want to smoke a joint in the privacy of your own home, I don't really care, as long as you don't come out and cause me a problem," he tells the Southeast Missourian.

After the Facebook comments came out, Show-Me Cannabis executive director John Payne invited Glaser to a debate about the pros and cons of legalization, but Glaser has yet to give a definitive answer, telling the paper that there are people "better-suited" than he to take on the task.

Despite his humble attitude about his debating skills, Glaser is a high-ranking member of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association, "an association whereby police officers in narcotic law enforcement could network and share resources."

The group conducts training for Missouri narcotics officers and holds conferences annually. It also lobbies for more money for drug cops.

In addition to training and conferences, the MNOA is a member of the National Narcotics Officers' Association Coalition, which was established in 1994 "as part of an effort to re-establish the Edward R. Byrne Memorial Fund," the group's website says.

Ensuring the Byrne Fund "is fully funded in order to maintain the multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, which are the backbone of narcotics law enforcement," is listed as the NNOAC's main goal.

See also: After 20 Years in Prison, Missouri Man Serving Life Without Parole for Marijuana Asks Governor for Clemency

However, Byrne grants for drug task forces state-wide have been cut in recent years. And in 2008, Glaser was quoted in the Sikeston Standard Democrat that the grants were a "life line" for narcotics officers:

Kevin Glaser, SEMO Drug Task Force supervisor, said earmark appropriations in the past for the drug task force "have been absolutely critical in our continued effort."

The SEMO Drug Task Force has typically received $237,000 of its $600,000 budget from the Byrne grants, according to Glaser.

Keeping the Byrne grants going along with earmark funding "keeps us really combating the problem at the level that we are. ... That's our life line. Unfortunately there's not any state funding mechanisms really in place to take over if we lose those. ... There is no better concept than the multijurisdictional drug task force."

Daily RFT reached out to the MNOA and NNOAC for comment as to whether Glaser's Facebook remarks reflect those of the group. We'll update when we get a response.

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter at @RayDowns. E-mail the author at Ray.Downs@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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James Boone
James Boone

If you look at his facebook page you will see he uses drugs all the time. He is drinking in most of them!!! what a dumbass......

karenkatzx13
karenkatzx13

hey dumbass, the war on marijuana is almost over and marijuana won.  at least 56% across the country favor legalization and the ban on growing hemp is just economic stupidity or protection for big businesses whose products hemp would compete against.  it's absurd that people have to by cannabis oil or cannabis protein made in canada.

McShyster
McShyster

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

In 1999, the federal government attempted to ban (non-drug) hemp foods.  Their reasoning was that "Hemp-Hype has become a 'stalking horse' for the marijuana movement" and "allowing the sale of hemp products supports a movement to grow cannbis sativa in this country".  

In other words, if the feds don't like a form of political speech, they will make you a criminal for eating FOOD. Controlling the population by witholding food is a common tactic in communist countries and banana republic dictatorships.


david_vaughn
david_vaughn

If the Glaser's had any sense, they would lock up their FB pages.  You should see the pictures. 

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Show me can a bus in my opinion is ineffective and allows missourians to be bullied by small dicked men like this

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Why not let them work dirt farms and pay their bills the cop seems like a closed minded dick and not a public servant

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

My favorite picture out of Colorado after marijuana was legalized was of a police officer lighting the joint of a marijuana smoker celebrating. Ending the prohibition of marijuana will rebuild bridges between citizens and law enforcement.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

The majority of people who receive food assistance are the elderly, veterans and children not marijuana smokers.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Food stamps create $1.80 of economic stimulation for ever dollar spent.

Collier Evans
Collier Evans

Where was this meeting? Cape Girardeau? Ok....now it makes sense

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

Well he's a douche and no one cares what he has to say anyway. I'm sure he is an innocent altar boy with nothing in his closet. NOT!

Justin Torres
Justin Torres

everybody knows drugs are bad...too bad Man put a stigma on a plant that has been used for CENTURIES! They made it illegal in the 30's thats not even 100 years ago..What the Fuck do they know anyhow...LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!!! We are getting closer everyday....

Oc Latta
Oc Latta

He doesn't want to ruin the racket that they have going. The DEA has become way to big and too powerful.

Julie Levin
Julie Levin

Oh wait that's a stereotype that's excatly what he is doing to people!! Don't judge a book by its cover officer!! Some of the best music and art was created by people who smoked pot! Also our founding fathers grew it and probably smoked it but I guess they were a group of people who are just a bunch of idiots who couldn't read

Julie Levin
Julie Levin

Next metting he's at bring him donuts bc you know all cops like to eat donuts

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

Funny, I requested this man on facebook to be my friend because i wanted to have a chat with him concerning the whole show me cannabis article and he hasn't responded yet, kinda close minded if you ask me, not talking to someone who doesnt even smoke weed and yet still has the nerve to call people scuzzy.

James Wright
James Wright

I'm sure it was the same when alcohol prohibition was occurring, you had the folks going to speak easy's and they were not they ones complaining, it was the average joe that was not having fun speaking up. People with real jobs in today's society will not speak up as not to lose those jobs.

Justin Worland
Justin Worland

If this is accurate then why don't the police just profile welfare recipients. Drug problems of America solved.

claygooding
claygooding

Does this super cop know he could be busting just as many people for marijuana on Main Street as he does in the ghettos or does he just realize that busts are easier to convict when the defendants have to depend on a public defender?

ff the federal lgovt takes the bounty money off drug busts and puts them on violent crimes he wouldn't be a narcotics cop anymore and he would be solving crimes that mattered.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Thank goodness this idiotic mindset is diminishing rapidly.

FlyingTooLow
FlyingTooLow

Kevin Glaser needs to revisit the 4th grade in American public schools.

Somehow he missed the concept of 'freedom.'  

ctstl691
ctstl691

@McShyster you're an idiot. Not only that, but I bet you are completely ignorant. You probably have no exposure to it, so you are afraid of it. Open up and accept change because you can't avoid it...

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Couch Pig Time to start hanging pro-legalization signs and banners all over SE MO.  Spray paint a banner that says 'legalize it' and hang it from a highway overpass.  Watch Glaser's blood pressure go through the roof. 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Neil Aimaro

Neocons (fake conservatives) love to blame 'the poor' for everything.  Neocons would find a way to blame 'the poor' for global warming if Neocons believed in global warming.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Billy Casagrand Find out where Glaser lives and put a NORML sign in his yard.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@McShyster Donkey = Fluffer Boy for Missouri State Patrol.  Kevin Glaser gets exclusive use of Donkey on weekends.

FlyingTooLow
FlyingTooLow

@kevin_hunt @FlyingTooLow 

It seems that many of the folks who think of themselves as 'patriots,' have no clue what our country was founded upon.

'...pursuit of happiness...' seems to be overlooked.

Stay safe and happy, kevin_hunt, I wish you the very best...

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