A debate on whether marijuana should be legal or not will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Western Connecticut State University\u2019s Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St., Danbury. The \u201cPot or Not?\u201d event, organized by the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA), is free and open to the public. Questions surrounding the decriminalization, legalization and medical use of marijuana now are at the fore of American public debate. The upcoming forum will be an opportunity for the public to hear both sides of the issue. The debate\u2019s moderator will be state Rep. Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk. Wood served on the state\u2019s Regulations Review Committee for Medical Marijuana. People who plan to attend should RSVP at Facebook.com\/FriendsOfMCCA or call 203-244-5336. Pro and con arguments Connecticut recently joined the growing list of states that have legalized marijuana for medical use. Two states \u2014 Colorado and Washington \u2014 have legalized pot for adult recreational use. Yet under federal law, marijuana is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance, adding to the controversy. For every argument in favor of legalization, decriminalization or medical use, it seems there are arguments against them. Some argue that legalizing marijuana would lessen the power of criminal organizations such as the Mexican cartel. Others counter that putting marijuana in the hands of corporations \u2014 who market to teens \u2014 would be harmful. There are differing views within the medical field as well as battles over the economic impact and the criminal activity aspect. Con: Legalization costs not fully understood Jeffrey L. Reynolds, who will be debating against legalization, said, \u201cThere seems to be a growing acceptance of marijuana legalization, yet the public hasn\u2019t been properly educated about the costs related to the drug\u2019s impact on young people, impaired driving, the workplace and local economies.\u201d Reynolds, who has a Ph.D., is executive director of the Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. \u201cWhat seems like an ideological debate led by \u2018big marijuana\u2019 and their legalization advocates,\u201d he said, \u201cwill have real-life consequences for families, schools and entire communities.\u201d Pro: Nation\u2019s drug war has been a failure Debating in favor of reformed marijuana laws will be Erik Williams, executive director of the Connecticut chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, known as NORML. \u201cThe American public has come to the rightful conclusion that the drug war has been an abject failure and they are upset at the 40 years of taxpayer-funded lies,\u201d Williams said. \u201cThey crave honest discussion, absent of fear or conjecture. \u201cWhen given the truth and the facts, Americans overwhelmingly support marijuana law reform,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to the opportunity to forward that conversation.\u201d About the sponsor MCCA is a provider of substance abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment services in western Connecticut. The agency views alcoholism, drug addiction, problem gambling and co-occurring disorders as treatable illnesses. Learn more at mccaonline.com.