RICHMOND HEIGHTS (KMOX) – Two experts duked it out in a debate over legalizing marijuana in Missouri Wednesday night. Topics covered ranged from treating marijuana just like alcohol and questioning the validity of the ban.

Show Me Cannabis Executive Director, John Payne, argued treating marijuana like alcohol is the best policy, but that grew opposition from past-president of the Missouri Narcotics Officer’s Association, Jason Grellner.

He said “the THC levels back in the 1960s and 1970s were around 1-2%, now were seeing the regular street kids with 11% spiking at 20 percent.”

The debated then slipped over to dealers and the fact that drugs, like marijuana, fuel gangs and violence.

“Cannabis prohibition does not actually achieve goals that it has set out to achieve,” Payne said.

But Grellner argued legalizing it would just lead to more people using the drug.

The discussion between the two men lasted just over an hour.

The public was not allowed to comment but did submit questions on comment cards for the two to answer.

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