Debate over legalizing marijuana held at Wichita State University

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WICHITA, Kansas – Students at Wichita State University on Thursday received a lecture on a hot topic that’s been blazing in the United States for years.

Jack Cole is a retired DEA agent and the chairman and co-founder of the group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

He’s been traveling the country on a mission to save children by ending the war on drugs.

He came to the university for a structured debate on the issue but due to scheduling issues, local law enforcement could not participate.

Cole argues legalization can reduce four issues facing our country: death, disease, addiction and crime.

The group says legalizing all drugs including meth and cocaine is no different than the 1933 alcohol prohibition.

“If we were to legalize and regulate all drugs and just tax them at the rate of tobacco and alcohol, it would add an additional $88.6 billion to the US and state treasuries,” said Cole.

No one seemed to be fired up to debate Cole’s suggestions, but it did begin a discussion on campus.

“I didn’t think there would be any chance of me changing my mind of decriminalizing other hard drugs. I didn’t think that would make this society better, but now coming out of it, I think a little bit differently of his arguments,” said Regan Biechler, Wichita State University Freshman.

Since no one from law enforcement was able to debate Cole at today’s event, we reached out to District Attorney Marc Bennett who was very straight forward on the issue saying, “My job is to enforce the laws of the State of Kansas.”

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