Mo. lawmakers weigh new push on marijuana reforms

4:21 AM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri legislators who favor relaxing the state's marijuana laws are weighing a renewed push for reforms.
    
House Democrats Chris Kelly of Columbia and Rory Ellinger, of University City were among the speakers Thursday at a Columbia forum on marijuana policy.
    
Kelly and Ellinger backed legislation this year that would have made possession of small amounts of marijuana a low-level misdemeanor with no jail time, similar to a traffic ticket. Columbia and St. Louis already have such laws.
    
The Columbia Missourian reports Kelly says he would favor pursuing full legalization of marijuana only if there were enough organizational support from pro-legalization groups.
    
Kelly's also uncertain whether it would be wiser to seek legislative approval of lower penalties for marijuana possession or to put any proposed reforms on a statewide ballot.

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