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Show-Me Cannabis Executive Director Challenges Narcotics Officer To Debate

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missouri show me cannabis debateOpen letter to officer requests apology for insulting Facebook post

After attending a Show-Me Cannabis town hall meeting in Cape Girardeau last Monday, October 21, Kevin Glaser of the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force posted a public status update to his Facebook page disparaging the other people who attended the meeting. In response, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Executive Director John Payne has issued an open letter that requests Glaser apologize for his remarks and debate Payne in a public forum.

While at the meeting, Glaser engaged in debate with the panelists, including State Representative Paul Curtman, Sergeant Gary Wiegert, and Payne. However, the discussion remained civil.

Attendees were therefore surprised when Glaser posted an insulting Facebook status. “It scared the hell out of me that these people actually go to the polls and vote,” Glaser wrote. “Many [attendees]impressed me as having no minds at all. Or at least very slow functioning minds… Tomorrow I go back to fighting crime and serving the public and they go back to drawing their welfare check.”

Residents were angered after learning of the public attack by a local officer. Jennifer Glueck of New Hamburg said, “As one of the organizers of the event, I find Glaser’s comments both inaccurate and offensive. I do not draw a welfare check. My husband and I work full-time and raise two children. Frankly, I would like a public apology from Sergeant Glaser.”

Dustin Masterson of Cape Girardeau echoed those sentiments. “I’m disappointed in Glaser’s comments, as he seemed far more reasonable at the meeting. His prejudiced statement demonstrates the need for more rational discussion on this subject, which is why I started SEMO Cannabis Law Reform after the meeting last week. We hope to foster a more informed debate around both state and local cannabis laws.” The group will hold its first meeting Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Geraldine Hirsch Meeting Room of the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

In an open letter to Glaser, Payne called into question the officer’s ability to enforce the law appropriately. “You seem to be motivated primarily by sheer personal animus against a group of people whom you obviously find distasteful,” Payne writes. Payne ends the letter by requesting Glaser to join him in a public debate on the issue of marijuana legalization.

Payne’s open letter to Glaser and a screenshot of Glaser’s status update can be read in full here:
http://show-mecannabis.com/2013/10/an-open-letter-to-sgt-kevin-glaser/

Show-Me Cannabis is an association of organizations and individuals, who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy and regulating and taxing cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does. The group seeks to engage Missourians in a serious, public discussion about the issues associated with marijuana, including medical cannabis, industrial hemp, public safety, and financial analysis in order to address problems associated with the current, failed policy.

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  • yorky

    Sorry it was Prostate Cancer.

  • sam

    its quickly becoming islam .

  • sam

    that’s because you have not met any true chistians , a true chistian is willing to talk you about what’s important to you and then tell you what’s important to them and why , the real ones come from low places as well as high ones , mostly low , most have suffered some pretty bad things and God helped them though them .you cant convert anyone by trying to shove the bible down their throat , you lead by example . Jesus said he would rather see a church full of sinners than a church full of saints , the sinners are why he died on the cross so that we seek forgiveness and receive it .

  • painkills2

    Yeah, but it’s not EACH and EVERY Christian, now is it? C’mon now, is it? I see you smilin’, knowing I’m right. :) Peace bro.

  • Fiend

    I’m not talking about taking away anyone’s god or belief system. You can worship any god and follow any ideology you want until you try to impose or force that god and belief system on me or anyone else. Unfortunately, many devout religious people think that their religious freedoms give them the right to do just that…impose or force their beliefs on others and in America that group is predominantly Christian,

  • painkills2

    I think they may be feeling outnumbered. Which might explain the defensiveness.

    I saw a documentary recently about how some kids in Israel learn about the Holocaust and it was a little, I don’t know… I mean, I literally don’t know how it made me feel, but it wasn’t a good feeling, I can tell you that. Now I know all Jewish people aren’t like that (LOVE Jon Stewart), just like all Christians are not like you describe (would the comparison to Mr. Stewart be Rush Limbaugh?).

    If you take away people’s belief in a god, what are they left with? Pure science? I mean, I don’t know, I can only compare my experiences with losing belief in things like when Pluto was stripped of it’s planetary title. That was a shocker. :)

  • Fiend

    I’ve never met a group of people with a bigger persecution complex than people who call themselves Christians today. The moment you decline to listen to their religious pitch or respectfully disagree with them you are somehow stepping on their beliefs and religious rights and they bitch and whine about it loudly. I swear most of them have their own full sized crucifixes they can run and crawl up on everytime someone refuses to agree with them or let them have their way.

  • painkills2

    I don’t know who you’re talking to, but I’m glad you love our home. :)

  • painkills2

    I picture the Republican god looking like Mitt Romney or Jamie Dimon. I don’t know what Democrats believe anymore or who their god would look like. Probably just the same. Me? I’ll take Mother Nature over anybody’s god. (no offense to the religious)

  • painkills2

    Is that a male groan I hear in the background (or a scream)?
    (Whatchoo talkin’ bout, small-minded? Pshaw.)

  • painkills2

    I wish I had been there for the hilarity (smile). But I’ve met some very nice, religious people online and they sometimes feel that people decide who they are before they even open their mouths, so just keep that in mind. If the police won’t do anything about your problem in the parking lot, maybe the store manager or owner can. If it bothered me that much, I might even go directly to the church’s hierarchy. The only other thing I can think of to do is to pretend to be one of them, and move seamlessly past and through them with a small nod and smile (famous movie). :)

  • painkills2

    No violence please.