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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) - More than 200 people gathered Wednesday night at the St. Louis Ethical Society in Richmond Heights for a marijuana debate of a different kind.

This time, the discussion involved law enforcement. The National Narcotics Officers Coalition has never addressed marijuana proponent organization, Show Me Cannabis, until now.

Vice President of NNOC, Sgt. Jason Grellner, said Show Me Cannabis has recently been holding several town meeting about legalizing marijuana in Missouri and he felt it was time people heard the other side.

Show Me Cannabis is planning to poll voters in 2014 to see if there is enough support to putting marijuana legalization on the ballot next year.

Show Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne and Sgt. Grellner faced off in a respectful, professional debate for 90 minutes -- which included questions from the audience.

When asked who won, St. Louis City resident Cecil King said, "It's probably about half and half, both arguments on both sides, very good. It's something both sides should get involved in and take a look at."

"They both want the same end, which is to stop the abuse of a drug, but they're coming at it in different directions," said St. Louis City Resident Mike Votaw.

Sgt. Grellner says he has no immediate plans to debate again with Show Me Cannabis.

As the Missouri marijuana debate continues, it is important to note, that Illinois will legalize medical marijuana in January.

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