Cannabis controversy, both sides want everyone informed

Published: Nov. 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - After the group Show Me Cannabis held a meeting in Cape Girardeau to talk about their support to legalize marijuana, a retired narcotics officer posted his thoughts on Facebook.

Some legalization supporters were upset by the post.

"We would like a public apology, we would like him to come forward and admit what he said was wrong," said Dustin Masterson.

But retired Sgt. Kevin Glaser said he didn't mean to offend anyone with his post.

Now, both sides agree they just want people to be informed on the issue.

"There's a lot of issues with this topic, it's not all black and white," said Glaser.

If pot is legalized, Glaser said he worries that more kids will have access to the drug, how law enforcement will regulate driving under the influence, and if taxation revenue will outweigh the costs.

"Whole lot of issues when you take that big step of legalization," said Glaser.

Dustin Masterson linked up with the Show-Me Cannabis organization, and recently started his own group in Cape Girardeau: SEMO Cannabis Law Reform.

Masterson agreed, he just wants people to have all the information on the issue.

"We don't want to say you know don't pursue them because obviously it's illegal and that is something that should be addressed, really what we want to do with the Semo Cannabis Law Reform in Cape Girardeau is we want to push for the police officers and everybody to take a look at what's going on and to say maybe it's time to make a change," said Masterson.

That change, might mean decriminalization.

Masterson said legalizing marijuana in the state would be optimum, but he said too many resources are used now on pot prosecutions. So his group plans to push for decriminalization in Cape Girardeau by next year.

With Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana, Glaser said people in the Heartland can wait and see what the effects are there, before making any decisions here.

"I think we really need to step back and see what happens out there," said Glaser.

If legalization does go to the voting booth, both Masterson and Glaser said they just want people to be informed.

"I would really like everybody to become educated and see the benefits and the cons of both of them and like I said make themselves make their own well educated decision," said Masterson.

"People really need to research, just don't make a blanket yes or no," said Glaser.
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