Less than 30 minutes into a debate over the legalization of medical marijuana, the crowd of several hundred people was warned to settle down and hold their applause, chants, taunts and opinions.
They were mostly students and clearly supported the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida. They made sure their voices were heard.
Even though it was classified as a debate, it appeared most minds were already made up inside the University of Tampa's Martinez Athletic Center.
Attorney John Morgan and Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, argued in favor of legalizing pot against Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, and Dr. Eric Voth.
Both sides answered questions but kept going back to their talking points.
"We don't smoke medicine," Sabet said.
To which Morgan later replied, "God put this here on earth because it works."
There were no clear "winners" or "losers" of the debate, and there were not supposed to be, according to the event organizers.
All of the questions were prepared by UT students.
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