Cop's "Stupid Potheads" Remarks Spark Marijuana Legalization Debate Wednesday

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Remember when that Missouri drug cop said that people who think marijuana should be legalized are a bunch of illiterate potheads who collect welfare checks?

Well, that has resulted in a debate on marijuana legalization to be held this Wednesday at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

It all started because of a "Facebook moment" retired Missouri Drug Task Force sergeant Kevin Glaser had in October when he addressed a group of people at a town hall in Cape Girardeau, many of whom were supporters of marijuana law reform group Show-Me Cannabis. During the meeting, Glaser addressed the crowd respectfully, despite not agreeing with them. But when he got home, he said what he really thought on Facebook, which wasn't very nice:

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

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After Glaser's Facebook post was made public, Show-Me Cannabis executive director Payne challenged him to a debate in an open letter. But a debate didn't seem to interest the retired cop very much, since he felt he didn't need to defend his remarks.

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

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

But Jason Grellner of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association -- a group that advocates for more government grants to be spent on enforcing drug laws -- said he'd stick up for keeping pot illegal.

"We believe that we have more than enough science and economics on our side to prove our point," Grellner told Daily RFT in November.

The debate will be held Wednesday, December 18 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd., at 7 p.m. It will be moderated by Fox 2's Mandy Murphy, according to Show-Me Cannabis' Facebook page.

See also: Missouri Drug Cop Accepts Challenge to Debate Show-Me Cannabis on Marijuana Prohibition

This won't be the first time Grellner and Payne squared-off on marijuana legalization. For a little taste of what to expect, see this Jaco Report clip from a debate they had in 2011:

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