ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Colorado made it happen, and now Missouri is considering legalizing marijuana in the state. St. Louis City Alderman Christine Ingrassia is hosting a forum at Harris Stowe tonight to educate the pros and cons of its legal existence.

“In the country, in the state and in our city, it’s a very opportune time to sit down and discuss the pros and cons of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana both at the state level and in the city of St. Louis,” Ingrassia says.

She says there might be a formal report that comes from the forum just to advise other lawmakers.

The panel will feature members of law enforcement, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, local lawmakers, members of Show Me Cannibas and even a doctor.

“For the first time in our history, we have an American President going on the record saying and he’s used marijuana,” Ingrassia says. “His administration has given states permission to experiment with legislation on the issue.”

She says right now is a great time for this debate because it’s been decriminalized in the city, and Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize it right now.

“I do think it will be really great for the elected officials in the room to hear what constituents have as concerns or why they would be for or against it as well as to educate themselves,” Ingrassia says.

The event is a collaboration with Alderman Chris Carter of the 27th Ward and Alderman Shane Cohn if the 25th Ward.

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The meeting is open to the public and it will be at 6 to 8 p.m. at Harris Stowe in the Emerson Performance Center’s Bank of America Theatre. Attendees will be able to pose questions and discuss concerns.


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