MO Lawmakers Weigh New Push on Marijuana Reforms

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 (http://bit.ly/1ew5jjx ) 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.

Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com

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