ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Is it time Missouri legalized marijuana?

That was the topic a panel of five experts discussed Monday night at Harris Stowe St. University.

At the public forum, members from the ACLU, police, and pro-pot groups, among others, gathered to talk about what Missouri should do, while other states are legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana.

They couldn’t agree on much, but members on the panel on legalizing marijuana laws could find some common ground: it’s time for a change.

“We have put a burden on law enforcement to try and deal with this,” said Dan Duncan from the Missouri Council on Alcohol and Tobacco. “We’ve tried to arrest our way out of drug problems for the last 40 yearssince I was a teenager. It’s not working, and it’s not going to work.”

Gary Wiegert told the crowd he was on the police force for years, then became a lobbyist for Show Me Cannabis and for the St. Louis Tea Party.

“One of the tenants of the Tea Party is fiscal responsibility, and I do not think it is fiscally responsible to keep spending money on police resources to arrest people for marijuana,” he said.

The panel also talked about how pot laws right now seem to target Latino and African American people more than Caucasians, and how to regulate medical uses for marijuana.

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